My dog is fascinated with bugs.
Ever since it warmed up enough for bugs to come out (say late April, early May) my puppy has been a bug watcher and now eater.
It’s only gotten worse as the weather has become warmer as there are more and more bugs around for her to watch and chase!
The other night I was sitting on the couch working on the laptop and the next thing I knew Midnight had jumped up beside me and she was snapping at the standing lamp beside the couch. I guess a moth came in with her and Chris on her last trip outside for a pee and she was determined to catch the moth.
She eventually did get the moth and I was fine with her eating it. Since I was sitting beside the light the moth, attracted to the light, kept buzzing around and occasionally bumped into me which of course I found totally creepy … so yeah, I cheered when she got it.
The next day she caught a moth on our front porch. She’s also gone after ants, house flies and yesterday she chased a bee right out the front door.
She banged into the screen door that my husband had just used and it wasn’t fully closed yet so when she banged into it as she chased the bee or wasp the door opened and for the first time ever she was outside the front of the house without a leash on!
That was scary. I was inside the house and I heard Chris run outside calling her name. When I got to the door she was running on the sidewalk in front of our neighbors house – maybe two or three doors down. She might have been running since Chris was starting to chase her.
We live on a main street with fairly high traffic so it’s not good for her to be loose. Especially since she’s still young and doesn’t always obey our commands.
Luckily I was quick to think of a way to get her to come to me. I called out to her asking if she wanted a cookie and she turned around to come back. As she passed by Chris he swooped down and grabbed her in his arms. We then lead her back into the house holding tightly to her collar.
We did tell her that running out there was bad, but mostly we praised her for being good and for returning to us. She got her cookie too. If i make a promise I keep it … plus I lured her in with the promise of a cookie so I had to fulfill my promise and give her one.
Hopefully this never happens again … but if it does, thankfully she loves food, especially her doggy cookies so I’ll have to remember to bribe her back home with treats.
We’ll also be making sure that she’s go her leash on when she’s in the enclosed front porch – just in case the outside screen door isn’t totally closed!
Darn fascination with bugs could have got her killed or badly injured!