What a beautiful day. The sun was high in the sky and far too hot for a Lhasa Apso who hadn’t had a haircut for ages. I retreated to my favourite spot in the little garden and stretched out in the long grass. Lovely! Shortly afterwards, Mum emerged from the house wearing sunglasses and an old straw hat. She was holding my lead and calling me. I scurried up the path to meet her. Whatever the weather, I am always ready for a walk and minutes later we were strolling down the bumpy road on the way to the river. Great!
At the end of the road, we joined the pathway to the river. After a few yards mum removed my lead. Now I could run but not just yet. Today, I would be sensible and walk with mum to the riverbank. Whilst walking, I thought about our holiday and how sad I would be to leave the little house. Mind you, I missed my own garden and couldn’t wait to see it again.
The hopping creature
Suddenly, all thoughts of home vanished from my mind because something else had taken my attention. Something that couldn’t be ignored. Standing right in front of me only a few yards away, stood a strange looking long-eared creature with two enormous front teeth. I had never seen anything like it before. This thing did not seem to be dangerous. Mum looked straight at me telling me very sternly to leave it alone.
Apparently, ‘it’ was called rabbit! Rabbit looked straight at me before it turned and ran. I gave mum a look. All notions of good behaviour went out of the window. I just couldn’t help myself. Leaping into action, I chased the rabbit across the field and into the little wood on the other side. We raced off into the treeline. Rabbit zigged and zagged but I stuck to it like glue. I matched rabbit stride for stride and would not be beaten. I meant it no harm but if this was a race then I was going to win! Before I had a chance, rabbit leapt in the air and dived into a large hole. This left me feeling very silly but I definitely wasn’t going in there.
Mum catches up
Feeling a little tired and very dejected, and using my amazing Lhasa Apso senses, I retraced my steps back to where I had entered the wood. Now I had to face the music. I would probably be on the lead forever after running off like that. As I went back through the trees I met mum who had obviously followed me. I ran up to her and let her put my lead on. Then I watched as she stood still and looked around. I couldn’t be sure but I believe she was lost. There were lots of trees and we were nowhere near the path. Luckily, I knew the way because of my very special sense of smell. I led mum safely back home. Easy peasy! I did get told off for being naughty but I must have redeemed myself in the end because mum gave me a lovely treat.
See you next week