Writing Can Be Murder

February 23, 2010

Is that Doberman going to chase me?

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 12:18 am

And tear me limb from limb?

I’m a dog person. When I sold real estate my co-workers called me The Dog Whisperer (this was before the tv dog whisperer hit the scene but after The Horse Whisperer was out). I’d get sent in first every time a dog was at home.

I like dogs. I even like Dobermans. They can be sweet loving dogs. I’m a former pit bull owner (my pit desperately wanted to be a lap dog, but at 75 pounds was a bit too big) so I understand that certain breeds of dogs are often wrongly maligned.

BUT I don’t like dogs of any type running loose. And certainly not a Doberman on a deserted street. So I eyed the large dog coming toward me with more than a little trepidation (mixed with a pinch of annoyance because it was time for me to run — something I couldn’t very well do since I didn’t want to trigger his chase instinct).

“Hey there Apollo,” I called out. (Apollo is not his real name, but I’m a fan of Magnum, PI). “Are you a good dog?”

And Apollo trotted right up to me. No growling or teeth. Just curiiosity.

We became fast friends. He even let me take a peek at his collar. His name is Sugar. (poor dog!)

Thankfully he was only a couple of blocks from home (because it way too cold to stand around and wait for Animal Control to come pick him up). With a minimum of cajoling I led him toward home. We didn’t even get that far. His owner pulled up in his truck and Sugar jumped right in.

No chasing. No loss of limbs. Just a REALLY long warm-up before I tackled today’s five miles. I spent most of my run pretending that the piles of snow were actually drifts of sand in Hawaii…..



  1. They named him ‘Sugar’? No wonder he was running away from home.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — February 23, 2010 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

  2. I KNOW.

    Big dogs and cute names just do not go together, imho.

    Comment by love2wryte — February 23, 2010 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

  3. Of course, if you’d noticed his name was ‘Tank’ or ‘Crusher’ might you have been more apt to back away slowly? I would have.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — February 24, 2010 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  4. I’m not sure. I’ve desperately wanted to name a dog Cujo for forever….

    Comment by love2wryte — February 24, 2010 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

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