Loving the Chase
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Tilt.
Sometimes people behave a certain way.
It doesn’t matter how nice we are to them, they run from us, whether it’s out of habit or from being penned up. They scamper off in the other direction as fast as they can go, and you’re left wondering why. Last time they nuzzled your hand and licked your toes.
There’s no possible explanation for this change in behavior.
In polite dinner conversation, my almost-14-year-old daughter tells her older sister and me how much she loves playing with the puppy. “And you know what’s really fun?” she says. “Just before I put him in his pen, I chase him around the house, waving my arms and yelling at him. He runs everywhere. He loves it.”
“Aislinn!” her sister admonished. “You’re just teaching him to run from us when we’re trying to put him in his pen, which explains why I spent an extra 40 minutes this morning, running around the house in my underwear trying to catch the puppy!”
Trying to catch a terrier who was thoroughly enjoying the chase.