I’m the first to admit I’m (slightly) overprotective of Cubbie.
I’ve taken care of him for nearly five years now, and I don’t take that responsibility lightly. I do feel I need to protect him from something that may cause him harm.
Now, I’m not overprotective for no reason. One of the first nights I had Cubbie he got into the cabinet underneath the bathroom and got into some stuff and almost had to have surgery! Then when he was on a walk/run with someone his leash (and Cubbie) got wrapped around a telephone pole. As a puppy he accidentally fell off the counter while at my parent’s house, and once he jumped out of a car window when my friend was watching him because he needed to go to the bathroom. Not to mention a couple times when his collar slipped off his neck as a puppy and I thought he’d get hit by a car in the road! Needless to say, trouble seems to find Cubbie.
I realize it’s all part of the adventure of having a dog, but I would never forgive myself if something happened to Cubbie that I could have some how prevented.
Recently, a friend and I took our dogs on a walk on some trails. His dog was running around, enjoying everything, and I had Cubs on the leash, afraid to let him out of my sight.
BUT… my friend helped me relax long enough to let Cubbie enjoy a fun-filled day of running on trails through the woods.
A year ago, maybe even six months ago, I don’t think I would have even considered it. I would be so stressed out worrying something would happen that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy myself. I mean, he could run off after a squirrel or a rabbit or get into poison ivy or anything else my imagination could come up with.
With that said, I owe my friend a huge thank you for helping me to let my overprotective guard down, even if it was only for an hour.
I can’t tell you how much fun it was to see Cubbie running with another dog in the woods. Thankfully, that dog is very well-trained. I never thought he’d run off, and Cubs seemed to follow his lead. I was so impressed at how he would run ahead, but then always come back to see where I was. It was so sweet. If I ever called him, he came running back. I never thought that would happen!
Cubbie was running, jumping over logs, getting muddy and just being a dog! He was so happy, and I was smiling and laughing the whole time watching him.
I realized sometimes I just need to let Cubbie be a dog. Unfortunately, I can’t protect from everything, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t let him cut loose every once in a while.
We spent an hour walking/running the trails, and by the end Cubbie was so tired he was walking behind me!
Of course he got a bath when we got home, but then he crashed for several hours.
It was a great day for Cubbie, and it was a great day for me, too.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still overprotective, but I’m glad I learned I can relax (sometimes).
Posted under Cubbie stories
This post was written by dwagner on May 21, 2011