Not discounting your bloody knees and elbows but Praise the Lord you are all okay. That situation not only sounds traumatic but it could have been potentially dangerous for all 3 of you!! Don't loose heart - it does happen... I have a 5 yr. old Golden that is terrified of garbage trucks and cans, odd noises and ANYTHING with back up beepers! I find is very odd as we have had her since she was 8 mos old and live in a small/quiet town. They pick up garbage on Monday and believe me, she TELLS TIME! You can always find her smashed in the "safe" corner of my office.
One day while walking her I noticed the street sweeper a block to the right and a back hoe a block to the left. In the few seconds it took me to assess the situation for her - she bolted - wrapped leash around a sign, pulled the sign from the ground and pulled me to the ground... the leash slipped from hand, she took off like a SHOT... leash and sign following her intensifying the anxiety! It ended with her running into the side of a parked car and releasing her scent gland on the sidewalk. The scenario has played in my mind many times; what if the parked car hadn't been sitting on the busy side street? I shutter to think and just have to believe God had His hand of protection on us!!
We have been working with her on the leash since that day. Watching her tail and ears for signs of anxiety and correcting her BEFORE it escalates. Not going to lie, it has been nothing short of many challenges! But her sake, it is worth it. So hang in there and thank you for listening. Might add that we will take ANY ideas/help that is out there, right!
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