Runaway dog (and a new collar)

May 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yesterday morning a couple of stray dogs wandered into our field, and before I could stop her, our female Irish Wolfhound took off after them, breaking her collar in the process.  Addie didn’t catch the strays, because they very smartly decided that the big lumbering hulk gaining fast on them was not to be reckoned with, and they burrowed under the fence and disappeared.  By the time I caught up with Addie in the back pasture, she wasn’t even out of breath.  But I was.  I also stepped into a hole in the process of trying to catch up with her, pulling a muscle in my hip. 

I stopped on my way home from work yesterday and picked up a couple of new dog collars – one for Addie, and one for our male Irish Wolfhound, Otis.  I figured that if Addie broke her collar so easily, Otis is twice her size and probably twice as likely to break his collar.

Here’s Addie in her new collar.  She’s sleeping…probably dreaming of catching those strays the next time.  I think it’s funny the way she sleeps with her mouth open. 

Irish Wolfhounds are the tallest breed, and notoriously fast.  At 125 pounds, Addie is not the largest of Wolfhounds (her nephew Otis…now he’s the largest, and he is still a puppy).    But she is the speediest dog we have ever encountered.  We joke about taking Addie onto the track and seeing just how fast she can run.  When she was just a puppy, she chased down and caught several rabbits (much to our dismay).  Thank goodness she has absolutely no interest in catching either of our two kittens.

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