Great! It was a beautiful autumn morning with only a slight breeze. For today’s walk mum drove us back to the same spot as last week. Mum’s car was blue and I liked it a lot better than the red car we normally travel in. You will remember that our last walk was cut short following my encounter with a dangerous creature.

Dad the Pushover

After my rabbit chasing antics last week, dad was taking no chances this morning. I was on a lead. Ok, it was the long lead but it would still hamper my puppy activities somewhat. While dad and I were walking, mum was doing a bit of shopping in the nearby village. I was very pleased about that because mum was very strict whereas dad is a complete pushover where I am concerned.

Riverbank Walk

As we made our way along the footpath, the sky darkened and the breeze became cooler. Dad took no notice of these changes and just continued along the riverbank. Mind you, dad always had his umbrella in his backpack just in case. He also carried water and a few nice treats for me.

Falling in the hole

About halfway through the journey, dad started to muck about by jumping around and trying to race me. This is quite ridiculous. I mean, I am a Lhasa Apso and can run like the wind whereas he is just a two legged human. Anyway, a short while afterwards dad trapped his foot in a small hole in the ground and fell over very heavily. He was hurt. I knew that much but even though he tried to walk he couldn’t.

“Don’t worry, Poppy.” He groaned. “I’ll be all right in a moment or two.” Dad tried to stand up and walk but it was too painful so he sat down on an old tree stump looking very depressed. As soon as he felt more comfortable he reached into his pocket for the little toy that humans use to talk to each other when they are not together. He then started patting all his pockets but couldn’t find his toy. He stood up awkwardly and looked around but unfortunately without success. The talking thing was nowhere to be seen.

A turn for the worse

Dad thought for a moment and remembered that he had been messing about with me shortly before falling over. He quickly realised that the toy had dropped out of his pocket into the long grass . This had happened back down the track and dad would not be able to walk far enough to retrieve it. I licked dad’s hand and tried to make him feel better but I had a bad feeling about this. Then it started to rain.

Lhasa rescue mission

“You’ll have to find my phone, Poppy because I can’t walk without help. We need mum.” I didn’t understand all human words but I knew that it was up to me to save the day. Dad knew what I was thinking and let go of the lead allowing me to go back to the riverbank and find what was missing.

Just then, the sun came out and the whole sky brightened. That was when I saw it, glistening in the grass. I picked up the talking thing with my teeth and carried it gently back to dad. He was so pleased to see me come back that he gave me an enormous hug. After that, it wasn’t long before mum arrived with two more humans from one of the village shops who helped dad get back to the car. When dad told her about me I think she was really impressed by what I had done. It was so exciting. When I was back in my little bed that night I couldn’t stop thinking about my latest adventure. I don’t think we will be going back to the river any time soon.

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