Loving the Chase
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Tilt.
Sometimes people behave a certain way.
It doesnâ€™t matter how nice we are to them, they run from us, whether itâ€™s out of habit or from being penned up. Â They Â scamper off in the other direction as fast as they can go, and youâ€™re left Â wondering why. Â Last time they nuzzled your hand and licked your toes.
Thereâ€™s no possible explanation for this change in behavior.
In polite dinner conversation, Â my almost-14-year-old daughter tells her older sister and me how much she loves playing Â with Â the Â puppy. Â â€œAnd Â you Â know Â whatâ€™s Â really fun?â€ she says. â€œJust before I put him in his pen, I chase him around Â the house, Â wavingÂ my arms Â and Â yelling Â at him. Â He runs everywhere. He loves it.â€
â€œAislinn!â€ her sister admonished. â€œYouâ€™re just teaching him to run from us when weâ€™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!â€
Trying to catch a terrier who was thoroughly enjoying the chase.