You might remember my blog from last year about my encounter with a rattlesnake that resulted in my having to attend a rattlesnake avoidance class. Well, living in Southern California, it was inevitable that I would meet another rattlesnake which is precisely what happened to me last Sunday.
Mom and I went to our local dog park as usual for some fun and social time. Mom went off to chat with her dog park friends while I explored the dog park for new smells and other dogs to play with. I found something to munch on at the dog park and was busy eating (I am not going to tell you what it was) when Mom noticed what I was doing. You might remember that I have a bad habit of sometimes eating poop so Mom sighed and came over to see what I was getting into (I was all the way on the other side of the park)! As Mom approached me, she gave out a yelp and sternly called me to her. I thought she was mad at me for eating poop so I did not come when she called me. Mom was quite upset with me when I did not come, but instead of chasing me she slowly backed off and went for her purse. Curious as to what she was doing, I followed her. Maybe she had treats in her purse for me! Mom then caught me and put on my leash. Next thing I know she is yelling at the other people in the park and gesturing towards where I had been eating. Curious, I looked over there and saw a rattlesnake moving quickly through the dog park right where I had just been! Whew…that was a close call.
Well, needless to say all the people quickly got their dogs and left the park. The dog park was now the domain of the rattlesnake! The humans were all agitated and Mom was still pretty upset. I heard her say to one of her friends how lucky it was she noticed that I was eating something and went to investigate. I think that she was upset that she wasn’t keeping as close an eye on me as she usually did. I have a feeling that she will be hovering over me at the dog park for the unforeseeable future.
The moral of the story is that you never know what might be out there so keep an eye on us dogs!