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Old 06-12-2013, 12:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Had an unusual incident yesterday morning. As I walked down the footpath to the field in the semi-darkness of morning I heard a shout but thought nothing of it. Entered the field, dogs off-lead, started walking along footpath. Man at the gate behind started shouting excitedly causing my two to run back in that direction... I was concerned so ran back to be closer. He's shouting a name so I ask if he's lost his dog - yes, seemingly a black labrador called Ellie, he thinks someone has taken her - he is shouting very frustratingly and crossly making me wonder how he expects the dog to recall to him! He enters the field, my 2 are very excitedly darting around, I'm telling them to come with me, but he keeps shouting with an increasingly frustrated tone which confuses them and concerns me! I tell him we'll keep a look out for her. He keeps coming along and I realise that he's reaching out to try and grab Luna!!! Cue frightened/protective me launching into a sprint and as I run back to clout him one I suddenly realise/assume that he thinks he's trying to catch his missing dog! So I shout 'she's mine!' He looks at her, obviously realises its not his dog and stands up, turns around and walks off. I ensure both dogs are close with me and head off apace away from the area. I kept them very close for the rest of the walk... a bit spooked and unsure... no wonder he was frustrated (I appeared to be walking off and taking his dog I guess) but the whole incident just felt strange!! But then I don't know any black lab in this area called Ellie either... I've kept an eye out locally and online for any appropriate lost dogs but nothing.

The whole experience has made me a bit jumpy and I guess it's just reminded me one way or another how easily dogs can be lost, taken or snatched!!!

So take care out there!!
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No wonder you're jumpy after that incident, glad it didn't turn into something more serious. Hope the lovely Luna and Tucker are okay. Take care xx
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I've been replaying it a couple of days now and I'm just grateful that we were all ok, together and unharmed after it.

Luna and Tucks will feel much better after a bounce around with Bonnie and Ellie at xmas and a fuss from you (hopefully and fingers crossed!) xxx
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That's very worrying. I would be a bit shaken up if that had happened to me.
A man once grabbed hold of my son when we were out shopping. He thought he was his grandson cos they had the same coloured coat. My son screamed blue murder and frightened him to death. He was very apologetic over it all.
It seems a bit suspect if he didn't apologise. Normally you would expect a sorry and get details of how to contact him if you found his dog.
Glad Luna and Tucker are ok.
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I got scared just reading your story!!

I think it must be the season or perhaps it's just that days are so short there's a weird atmosphere out there. Cooper and I had a scare at 4:15pm in the park the other day (it's been a few days of antisocial dogs and people and some seriously dodgy ones) and I've decided to avoid parks in late afternoon for a little while!
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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OMG!!! How scary!! 8O 8O
Are you sure he was looking for his dog? He wasn't trying to take Luna and saying he'd lost his dog so you let your guard down? It's a bit suss that he didn't give you any details of how to contact him if you found his dog.
Alarm bells keep ringing for me over this!! Maybe a courtesy call to the police on 101 just in case they have had other reports in that area?
Stay safe our lovely friends!!!
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That would have really frightened me as well. Thank goodness you and the dogs are okay.

Trying to look on the positive, if he had a chance and didn't grab Luna and hesitated to look at her when you shouted she is mine hopefully he was just panic stricken and not thinking straight. If he was about to steal her he wouldn't hesitate because he already knew she was yours. He could have been walking someone else's dog for them and lost it. That would explain not recognising Luna to start with.
I agree with Karen a phone call to the Police won't hurt just incase this man is a dog snatcher but for your own peace of mind try not to worry he is probably just a frantic man that forgot his manners in the heat of the moment and in desperation handled the situation badly. If he genuinely thought you were taking his dog he would act rudely and must have been very embarrassed/ashamed of his behaviour afterwards plus extremely eager to keep searching.

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Oh that would have shaken me up for sure..

Glad you're okay as are Luna and Tucks !

I did walk a few months back with a complete weirdo he just followed me and then caught up started talking away, while I was trying to work out how fast I could run and if I could indeed get over the ditch and into the field that backs onto a garden of someone I know if needed to, it was a rather intense 20 mins I must say, Thor of course thought it was wonderful because someone was making a fuss over him !! He then went his own way while I went another way, probably completely harmless but a very odd man !
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Really scary :evil: Good that all of you are ok.
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Very scarey for you. The Simple fact is Either he was looking for his own lost dog Or he was trying to snatch yours. If the former he was as scared as you were thinking you were pinching his dog but if the latter I would walk elsewhere for a while. Glad you are ok
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