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Sheba slips her collar!

Yesterday I took Sheba to the park. Usually, I put her in a harness which fits fairly snugly. Because she seems to have started blowing coat, however, I decided to put her collar on her. I thought that would cause less matting. The collar is an adjustable one, so I tightened it, hooked on the leash and we were off. Somehow, the collar loosened and Sheba slipped right through it. I was left holding a leash and an empty collar and Sheba was as free as a bird!
This park has some interior roads and there were a lot of cars around. I called Sheba…she has actually been doing very well on recall. The situation was too exciting for her, though, and she started to run like hell…racing around and around, having the time of her life. Meanwhile, a car was coming. There was absolutely no way I could get Sheba to stop and no way I could catch her, so I stood in the middle of the road to stop the car.
Lo and behold, a nice young girl got out of the car to help me. She was faster than I was, but she was still no match for Sheba. Then her mom left the car in the street and SHE got out to help. We still didn't have a chance. Sheba was just enjoying the whole thing more and more. Suddenly, the mom said "I know, chicken!" ran to her car, and brought back some pieces of cooked chicken. Her daughter threw them on the ground, Sheba got interested, and I was able to catch her.
While we were doing all this, the cars were lining up behind the mom's car! I had a very red face but I was so relieved to have Sheba back. No more adjustable collars for me!

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OMG! I hate hearing things like that! So glad you had some good samaritans to help you out! Bet she went home and took a good nap after all that running around! That will give ya a few gray hairs!

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OMG! I hate hearing things like that! So glad you had some good samaritans to help you out! Bet she went home and took a good nap after all that running around! That will give ya a few gray hairs!
I'm the one that needed the nap!

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How terrifying, but I'm glad it all worked out for the good. A couple of years ago, on 4th of July, Benjamin was severely startled by a loud firework explosion very near to where we were standing. Before it could even register he took off running across the street and making a beeline for the house. He didn't break out of his collar, but I was relaxed and holding the leash loosely and he moved so suddenly I didn't have time to react. I got home and let him in, and he went and trembled under the bed. He did/does have some lasting effects in terms of fears about loud sudden sounds, but that's a story for another day. Mainly it was a huge wake up call for me about how quickly things can go very badly, and to always be on alert. I think the big challenge is to be alert and aware of potential danger without being overly paranoid, anxious, or limiting of a dog's freedom. It's always a balancing act, but it's good to be reminded by stories like this. Especially when they have a happy ending, I think, because sometimes if it's too tragic we can shift into denial and think it can't happen to us. Anyway... I'm so glad that all is well with Sheba, and hope that you recover quickly from the trauma!


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That's a big fear I have that Sassy will get loose and not respond to me calling her. I can only imagine what a terrifying ordeal that was. So very glad all is well with both of you.

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Looks like you may need to rename her Houdini.
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I'm so glad Sheba is okay. How terrifying for you. Thank goodness for the kindness of these 2 strangers. They were meant to be the ones at that place in time to help you in your time of need!

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Yikes! First the fence, now the collar! I 2nd the Houdini rename!

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