One extremely hot and humid July day recently, the golden doodle I was dog-sitting managed to bolt out of the house as a friend came in the front door.
The dog took off running at top speed. She had only been here a short time, does not know me very well and is not at all familiar with the area. My friend and I followed in her car, with me getting out whenever we got close to Tipper, thinking she would come to me and I could get her leash on her. How wrong I was! Every time I got close, she took off again.
Over the course of the next two hours, Tipper led us on a not-so-merry chase.
A young man and young woman joined in for at least an hour, running the entire time trying to catch her.
Tipper managed to cross Grant Avenue, a very busy four-lane street, several times. It was on Grant that two young police officers in a cruiser car noticed our plight and joined in the pursuit. They stayed with us for half an hour or more, getting out of the patrol car several times trying to help us corner her, but to no avail.
At one point we had her surrounded and one of the officers dived at her, but she managed to get away. At that point the officers, called Animal Control and returned to work.
By now, Tipper was getting tired and kept lying down in the shade, but every time I got close to her she took off again. With one final burst, she took off running west on Taylor Avenue and ran across Kenaston Boulevard. It was a miracle she was not hit by a car at that busy intersection.
Shortly after crossing Kenaston, she could run no further, and allowed herself to be picked up by a passing motorist who got out of his car to help. When I caught up, there were several people with her, trying to calm her down and give her water.
I want everyone who helped try to catch Tipper to know that she is doing great. She rested for most of the rest of the afternoon and drank gallons of water, then resumed playing with my doodle like nothing had happened. She’s been very energetic and happy ever since.
A huge thank you to all of the motorists who stopped to try to help, the young runners (who had just come from the gym and still sprinted for more than an hour in the heat and humidity), the two police officers, the people who helped Tipper when she finally ran out of steam and everyone else who joined in the chase at various times to try to help catch her.
It was truly heart-warming to see how people are willing to get involved, particularly in view of the conditions on that day.
— Sandy Tapper