Ahhh.. so yesterday, I went on a jog with Chris. He does 8 miles and, yeah, I can't, so I turned back after 25 minutes. I got to his house, let the dogs out of the garage (because I love them, even though they jump on my legs) and took them out to the pool with me. He has three puggles, but one was away for the weekend, so it was the two in this picture.
They hung out by the pool with me for a bit, playing on the deck and licking my wet hands. It struck me that cats are more like furniture (lovey, great, adorable furniture, mind you!), whereas dogs are your little buddies. It's nice.
They were running back and forth, then that light-colored one, Gretchen, disappeared around a corner. Then went buddy, the one on the right. (They're both older than in this picture but still puppies.)
I thought, "Hmm, that gate on the side of the house wouldn't be open, would it?" and got out to check. I got to the side of the house just in time to see Gretchen and Buddy's little tails disappear.
Barefoot and wearing a swimsuit, I ran into the front yard after them. Gretchen was doing the hyperactive run in circles while Buddy trotted along after her. She started running east, towards A1A. I ran after her, yelling in the best happy voice I could fake at the time to try to get her to come back.
Finally, I picked Buddy up (good dog!) just in case I ever did catch Gretch, then I'd have both of them. Gretchen kept running towards t he street.. I saw tons of cars going by on the road and started SCREAMING, freaking out and imagining the worst. Chris LOVES those dogs, and they're so sweet.. what if Gretch got hit by a car???
Luckily, the traffic calmed down as Gretchen reached the road. There was just one car, which went by in the other lane without incident. There were more cars coming, but I ran into the road and scooped her up, then sat down on the median with the two dogs, hugging and scolding them for running away like that.
So I had a block or so to walk holding the two dogs.. By the end, Gretchen was basically standing on the fronts of my legs as I walked since she kept sliding down.
I was really just so relieved and grateful that they were OK.. the face-licking they did on the way back to the house was just overkill. Cute little buggers.
They went back to the garage when I got them back to the house, and I went back to the pool to catch my breath. Dogs!