Children who get away are
usually found at neighbours
unless they live on farms or in forests.
Wayward spouses are often
found with lovers.
Teenagers who get away are
often found living
on downtown city streets or in shelters
for the homeless.
Dogs that run away are
sometimes found with lovers.
City dogs that get away are found by the Humane Society
or concerned citizens.
Dog show dogs that get away are followed by groups of people
variously shouting loose dog! don’t
chase him! stop that dog!
Don’t touch her! yelled the
Rottweiler breeder at Oromocto
when her young bitch, trailing her leash,
swerved in & out of the terrier ring.
Everyone stood back,
including the terriers.
My teenage son used to climb out his third-floor window after bedtime
but usually climbed back up before breakfast.
My brindle Dane bolted out
the front door
& broadsided a Chevy
Nova. The dog was unhurt
& happy to come back home. The car was insured.
Small children dart out from between
Older children become chronic
Some breeds have behaviour problems.
Some car models are high risk.
Most runaways believe they
can come back when they want to.
Risks at home & away from home are difficult to calculate.
Few dogs knowingly run away from home.
Copyright © Frank Davey 2004