I had this below come in as a comment from regular blog visitor Jan on an older post. What starts out as a good news update on her injured Ollie takes a thought provoking turn. If the owners were far enough away and my car was near enough to me I would want to risk a kidnap. Or would a cash offer do it?
News on my boy! Ollie had his staples out on Thursday night, but he has a small sore patch in the middle of the scar which he won’t leave alone so we still keep having to put the dreaded buster collar back on him, ’specially at night. He has been galloping free across Dorney Common again, to his delight, but we are trying to keep him away from bushes/ barbed wire etc. so he doesn’t aggravate the sore patch. It is just so lovely to be able to let him go again, and to see him doing the thing he loves best … running, of course!
I had to tell you, Stephen, as we were walking back to the van today after our walk on the common, some sort of 4×4 stopped near us by the side of the road ( I am not hot on makes of cars!) and a door opened and out flew four beautiful champagne (?) coloured salukis. I have never seen a saluki ‘ in the flesh’ before, but I recognised the breed from seeing photos of Dylan.
We think the owners must have been gypsies because they didn’t walk their dogs in the normal way. Instead they just drove their vehicle onto and across the common and let the dogs chase along behind them, which is a very dangerous thing to do, there being a quite busy road that runs through the common. I must admit it was a beautiful sight, these dogs streaming across the grass, but the youngest and smallest of the quartet came over to Ollie, so I let him off to meet him. He was such a beautiful young dog, but so THIN. I felt so sorry for him, I wanted to just cart him off to the van and take him home with me, but the owners whistled and shouted and he slunk off with his tail between his legs. 😦 He seemed like he wanted to come with us.