I had a strange encounter with a canine on the week-end. I had just finished a hike up a portion of Haeckel Hill when I crossed paths with a man walking two dogs. As I always do, I said hi to the dogs (and the man too of course) and kept on my merry way. But one of the dogs, a big gallimaufry of a thing, broke away from the man and started running towards me. I tried to stop him and get him to return to his ‘master’, but nothing doing. He stuck to me like glue and when I opened my car door, he hopped in and wouldn’t get out. After numerous attempts to lure him out, the man had to literally drag the animal from the car. I felt so bad because the dog was crying and didn’t want to leave.
The man said the dog was a stray and apologized for its ‘bad behavior’. I didn’t consider that bad behavior at all and under different circumstances I likely would have asked if I could bring the dog home.
I have no idea why that animal latched on to me. Maybe I looked like his real owner. I certainly didn’t get the sense he was being mistreated by the man who had been walking him. I take encounters with animals pretty seriously and wish I knew what that was all about. In a way I feel like I let the poor thing down. I can’t seem to get him out of my head.