So I was just going on my normal walk during my morning break, enjoying the snowy landscape, letting Rosco bounce around on the long leash. I saw a woman idling in her car in her driveway, so since I don't trust people (for good reason) I took him in on a short leash to keep close and safe.
And what do you know, as I'm right behind her car she starts backing out! Mind you, I'm wearing a bright pink jacket and walking a freaking bear of a dog, black against the white, so it's not like we were hard to spot if she actually bothered to look around!
I sprinted forward to get out of the way but felt on the leash that Rosco didn't follow me. So I looked back and saw that he had jumped back/down the driveway because a freaking car was coming right for him, so I shouted for him to come and pulled the leash and he came to my side. Luckily sometime during this the woman saw us and stopped.
Mama bear mode
I just kept walking cause I was freaked out by seeing my beloved dog almost die and instinctively wanted to get him away from the danger, and the woman rolled her window down behind us and shouted "I'm sorry!! Are you okay??" and I just waved towards her that we were fine. Rosco was leaning against my legs for comfort so I bent down and hugged him, telling him he's a good dog. The woman asked again "Is he okay?"
Like, yeah, no thanks to you, lady!!
For reference, this is the big lovable oaf she somehow didn't see. And he's packed on the pandemic 15 since this picture!
Part of me wishes I had had the presence of mind to say some choice words to her about not paying attention or being on her phone or whatever she was doing, instead of just wanting to get away from the situation, but at least this must have given her such a fright that she will always look from now on. She did sound truly apologetic and a bit freaked out as well (I damn hope so!!), so hopefully she will learn something.
Who knows, maybe our near-miss will save some kid she would've backed over otherwise. That's usually how I prefer to think of bad things happening -- that they are preventing something even worse from happening.
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