Ray is pretty good with most dogs now. Every now and then he will meet one and, for reasons only known by him, he will show complete indifference, but the meetings are generally quite happy occasions.
We had just left our driveway the other day, and Carol had Ray’s leash, when we heard a bit of a commotion from across the road. We quickly saw a dog, which Ray had happily met a few times, freely running across driveways with its owner about 20-30 yards behind it Of course we all know (don’t we?) that you should never chase your dog if it ever makes a successful bid for freedom. While the rationale is very sound, it can however be difficult to overcome the intuitive reaction which is to start calling it and chasing after it!
Carol took advantage of the situation and called its name. It briefly stopped and looked across at us, and presumably recognized Ray as it then came trotting over with an apparent intention to play! Once it was close to Ray, we tried a few times (unsuccessfully) to grab its collar.
While our little game was being played out, the dog’s owner was getting closer and, at a moment when her dog had stopped long enough to checkout Ray, she was able to grab it and connect the leash.
I wonder what she would have done if Ray had not been there? I would have to guess that she could have been running around the neighborhood for quite some time!