Our Saturday morning walk is to a common nearby which is surrounded by woods, it’s really quiet so ideal for Echo.
To get there we have to cross a main road, which is always busy. Today I was very scared. An off lead dog was on the other side of the road looking interested in Echo. I was terrified it would cross and get hit, but I had to wait for a gap in the traffic to cross. She didn’t head for him, thank goodness, but my heart was going like a train. Her owner just said ‘come on Meg’ and off they went, he didn’t seem in the least concerned. I said nothing as the air would have been blue and it would have added to my stress.
Echo was brilliant, he ignored the off-lead dog. Then, when I let him off, he zoomied and zoomied. A family with two young children and a ball came on to the common. He went up to say hello, he was gentle with the kids and ignored the ball - then came back happily to the whistle.