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We spent too many afternoons running around the neighborhood trying to find her, over and over, in those long ago days of yesteryear! Carmel, our part Shepard part lab pup managed to get out far too often (she could time the opening and closing of that door to the nth of a second... and be out and gone, before we knew what hit us!), and we spent far too many hours calling her name over and over, "CARMELLLlll!!!!!!"
We'd each take a different part of the neighborhood and walk or jog through it, calling her - clearly annoyed, clearly in angst, clearly worried. It wasn't that we worried about her coming back - she always came back. It wasn't that we worried about her getting lost - we'd lived in that neck of the 'woods' for years and years, she wasn't likely to get lost. But, we did worry that someone might approach her...and she might react poorly - she could be a bit scary. Inside, she'd be more scared than the other person could know... and tragedy could ensue. Dogs often bite people when they are scared.
We also worried that she'd get in a dog fight with a neighboring dog, if she happened to cross a strange yard when an aggressive dog was out. Dogs will be dogs, and Carmie would defend her turf too, if put to the test.
And I worried that she would wander up to the busier part of town and get hit by a car.
Those were troublesome afternoons. Had I known then what I know now, maybe we would have had an easier time finding our girl. Had I known the worry in my voice, and my clear anger at her bursting out the door, could be influencing her to keep running, I would not have chased her so hard.
AND... had some of the tools available today, been available then, well... my life would have been way easier!