Run, Sadie, Run

All you ever do is run around, Sadie

(Run, Sadie, run)


I have run after children near busy roads. I have run after mail carriers with a late letter. I have run after every dog I have ever owned and many more when I see their owners running after them. You’d think by now I would have given up on running after people and pets. Then Sadie up and runs.

Stanley goes to a karate class twice a week. When he comes home, it’s a celebration for the pooch. With the four-foot fences all around the yard, she can anticipate him from down the block, and by the time he rides his bike up to the gate, she is a-quiver all over and making an adorable mewing sound down in her throat. On Thursday, she looked so happy to have Stanley back at home, it was a shock when she ran right past him out onto the street.

Up and down outside the cottage, she demonstrated her imitation of a happy bullet. When she launched herself at high-speed the opposite direction, I tried to get her to run after me back to Stanley. She did. Then over-shot him and launched the other direction. A neighbor we had just met stood outside with us, with a wiser strategy than I. She simply stayed in one spot in the road and called “Sadie, Sadie.”

It was beside the neighbor that Sadie eventually decided to stop. Luckily, Jennifer, my new best friend, grabbed onto her collar and allowed Sadie to wet her down with kisses. Jennifer very calmly suggested that dogs truly benefit from training. We’ve been told this before. I think it’s time we took the advice.


17 thoughts on “Run, Sadie, Run

    1. I have to admit at this stage of life training up a dog seems to make more sense than training up a child. Perhaps my children just aren’t old enough yet.


  1. It has been years since our last dog. I have enjoyed my friends and neighbors dogs tremendously for short periods of time. We share a greeting, I scratch an ear, they lick my hand, I rub a belly or a hindquater, they pee on my shoe (or foot), we say goodbye. No leash, no bag for cleaning up, no trips to the vet, no holes in the back yard, no shredded furniture, no hair to vacum. It’s much like I imagine grand children will be some day.


  2. Having met the pooch, training might be in order, if only for its own safety. A good training class will heavily get you involved too. I’m guessing with a 4 foot fence, it’s not going to be long before she learns to jump them.

    Welcome to your second parenthood!


    1. Noooo – this is not what I had envisioned: time, commitment, heavy-involvy things. I do believe you were that first person who mentioned training (in a very polite, subtle way, of course) – just after she drew blood from a way-too-enthusiastic hug and kiss.


  3. You can work on your own with a dog – just get some good advice and tips. A few minutes a day would make a difference….like carrying some small pieces of doggy treats in a pocket – call “Sadie, come.” (standing very close to her at first) when she turns her head or actually comes give her the treat bit. (Important: always use the same words, in a calm voice – and don’t repeat it over and over..they are like kids and start ignoring you because they know you will repeat it) Do it a couple of times a day until she connects “Sadie, Come” to getting a treat. Gradually get farther and farther away and do it.
    You can also do it with a long leash and praise/pets – but you might need help with that.
    Love your first paragraph! Funny post


    1. Thank you, thank you. I have tried some of this, but I confess that of the sit-shake-lay down-stay commands, she got everything but stay (I believe it’s because she wanted to do the first three, and really didn’t want to do the last.) I just now tried the ‘Sadie, come’ command, and rewarded her with a piece of organic carrot. She was pleased. Minutes a day, I think I can do. Thank you again.


      1. My Bouvier would do most anything after a while ( a really smart dog – and I did go to classes with that one years ago). He would sit and stay – but got so comfortable he just stayed and stayed…cheerfully listened to me call and call – tugging on long lead. It amused the whole class. He could stay better than anyone..but then again it’s Bouvier nature..the sit and wait for the wolf, get up and attack, then sit and wait for the next one! Carrots are a great treat! good luck


  4. Having not pursued the child rearing experience, we have done well with training our dogs. Linda (I will admit that I slept through most of this) spent many hours at night sleeping next to the dog crates to teach both that some things would just be. Bella (Akita mix) took well to walking on a lead. Tippy (Lab-Boarder Collie) nearly pulled my arm off with the lead, but has developed the round-em-up and circle back method pretty well. We just try to keep her off the nearby lot, where the policed raided the marijuana growing operation, just for prudence.


    1. I bet the dogs enjoy the mountain as much as you two do. Mr. Mouse, above, referred to a his Bouvier’s nature. Just like your Tippy, some dogs are born with certain skills. Sadie’s include looking adorable while she steals your shoe, runs away, and pretends she doesn’t understand what ‘No’ means.


      1. Having pets in communities is different from the the country, certainly. We never had pets when we lived in a condo in town. Without much time to walk them, etc., we considered keeping a pet locked inside much of the day irresponsible. We also had criteria for country pets. They have to live outside year-round, including for times we may be away on vacation. Bella and Tippy do well under these conditions, though when we return from vacation, we get nasty looks and piles of dog hair falling off. “Neglect me… I’ll show you!”


  5. Where I live You are suppose to have your dog under control at all times! That means leash. But oh it is so much fun to sneak out the door when it is opened to visitors. The chase is on. The magic words are “get home.” Of course that is after all the near by bushes have been inspected and pee’d on. Now it is my Territory again. Training? Yes, we did that too.


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