Squirrel

Photo credit: Louise

“Squirrel! Come on!  Come on!  UGGH! He’s gone..” Buddy drops his nose.  At least get a whiff.
“Easy! Calm down Buddy.  Ripping off my arm shortens the walk. There are other squirrels.”  Mike tries to look at the park between tugs.

“Ssssshhhh! There’s another, stop. Stay still. Ok, slowly walk to the left.  Come on!  Move it!  His back is turned.  We can get him.” Buddy leans and begins to drag his human 

“Easy!  Easy! Buddy! We don’t want to get bit on the nose again do we?”  Mike sees the squirrel too.

“I’ll behave.  Really!  Just a bit closer!” Buddy speaks between panting.  Leaning hard enough to not need his front feet on the ground any more.

Mike looses the lead. Buddy is off like a shot.

“Buddy stop!  Now! Buddy!  Buddy!”  Mike yells as he tries to run after the dog.

Barking tells him where Buddy went.  Behind a grove of trees, a circle of squirrels  have their query in sight.

“You think it’s funny chasing us!” The leader steps toward him.

Buddy looks side to side barking.  They have caught him.  

Mike looks at the squirrels and his dog.  “He has got to be the dumbest animal ever.  Just like last time he got bit.”

The squirrels see the human and bounce off like they are innocent critters.

Written as part of a challenge called Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, details are available at https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/fffaw-challenge-week-of-october-18-2016/

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Buddy

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Written as part of a challenge called Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.  Details,can be found at https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/fffaw-challenge-week-of-07-05-2016/

“Mom left me again.” Buddy wags his tail. “Where’s she going?   I could have stayed in the back seat. I want to hang my head out thewindow…..Now I’m with
Jake and Buster.”

Buddy turns his head.   Jake and Buster have a pull toy.   They are tugging trying to pull it away.   Buddy turns back to see if Mom is coming back yet.    Buddy lays down and barks.

“This works in the back yard” He wags his tail a little.

Jake comes over and drops the pull toy on his back.   Then runs to the fence post to pee.

“Jake, class act…all the way!”  Buddy rollls his eyes.

“Buddy, she isn’t coming.   Get over there and play.   You’ll feel better.   You know you can’t relay on people.  Them and their kids….it’s all about taking time away from us. I mean can a kid fetch anything? They are useless.  Ok, they feed us their food.  But what’s that worth?  They aren’t eating it anyway.”

“Whatever!   She’ll be back for me!  She likes me.   I’m a rescue.”  Buddy keeps his vigil going.

“Hey, maybe she’ll liter box train you too.  You sound like a cat!   Get a hold of yourself!   You’re a dog!   Act like one! ” Jake grabs the pull toy and runs off.

“Ooooohhhh, she had to come back.   Wait, did he just call me a cat?!  That son of a bitch!”  Buddy runs off to catch Jake.  He’ll show him which one is like a cat.

How not to get dog bit

Of course, this is best aggressive dog link I could find.   Mostly because it’s positive about correcting the behavior.   The dog is not the major problem, but a symptom of lack of socialization.

Into every life a dig will come.   Hopefully on good terms.   However, if things go bad there are simple strategies to help avoid disaster.

Dogs are territorial!  If you enter, their job is to make sure you belong.   Distance yourself from their home can alleviate the threat the dog perceives. Why does that matter?   The sidewalk isn’t taught to every dog.  They don’t understand easements.  You’re in there yard.  

Dogs sense fear!  Oh please!   They great your heart rate and breathing accelerating!  They hear really well.   You’re eyes get really big when you’re excited.   The dog sees that as aggressive behavior.  If you state at dog, your oversized eyes make a strong challenge to the dog.   If you encounter the same dog on a walk, jog, bike ride talk to it.  It’ll make you more relaxed.  It gives animal reference to you, it’ll learn your behavior.  Somewhat, you still a stranger.

Body language.   If your significant other (this lacking one think mother when you were kids) was angry with you what postures would you see.  A dead stare.   A curled lip or brow.  Stiff body positions?   Ridged arms crossed almost frozen?  How about leaving toward you?   Well food don’t cross arms, but they lean.   They become frozen.   Hair on the back is a bad thing.   A tail that didn’t move is very bad.   Dropped tail and raised shoulder means it’s coming at you.  Snarling is obvious aggressive.   But jumping at fences and Windows should be considered aggressive too.   Larger dogs can break windows or jump standard height fences.   Avoiding the animal is best.   Crossing the street if you can.  

Dogs are much faster than you are.  You never turn your back on an aggressive animal. You’re giving a great target.   You’re encouraging the chase response in the dog. You have no idea of what is happening!

Yell at the dog.  Few dogs have no training.   Sit, lay down, go home. … yelling these as deep voice as you can.  Your goal is to delay an attack.   Do it long enough backing away, than you can control the encounter.  

Larger dogs cause more damage.   But labeling breeds is a disaster.   Police, EMS workers, paramedics, first aid providers rarely are given dog breed training.   So every boxy jaw dog is a pit bull.  No, it’s not.  Every Shepard is a “one person dog”, nope!  Dogs are social animals.  They learn a place in the pack.   They behave based on their tendencies and training.   They have personalities like people.   Good people, bad people and good dog, bad dog.   Don’t assume need matters.   At one time,  cocker spaniels were listed as the number one biter in the US.  Based on records in New England from hospitals.   Did anyone ban them? Are there more cocker spaniels there than in Denver?

If you come in contact with a strange dog.   Don’t put your hand or face into it’s face.   You wouldn’t do it to the dog’s owner.  The dog has no where to run on a leash.  Respect it’s space.   Ask the owner to pet the dog.  They know if the dog likes people.

I have spent eight years training my fellow US Postal workers how to avoid dog bites.   Simple training reduced dog bites by about ten percent.   They aren’t fool proof but guidelines.  Animal ownership carries responsibility.  I have a houseful of rescue animals.