On Saturday afternoons we always walk down the hill to the big field called Bliss Mill. I love this field as I always meet lots of dogs and we can go in different directions to get back home. Red Toes always keeps me guessing as to which direction we are going so it is always fun.
Last Saturday I was skipping along between different hummocks of grass, sniffing away to see which dogs have been to the field. I had run quite some distance in front of Red Toes because she walks so slowly and I can go very fast when I am off the lead.
All of a sudden Red Toes started to shout ” Benji come, come now, come on boy.” I looked up from the mound of mud that I was sniffing to check what an earth was going on. She was running towards me.
“This is strange” I said. “Is this a new game of chase?”
She was still shouting and running when I noticed a large dark shadow moving towards me in the distance.
“Ooh what is that” I said. I turned my head and see the shadow is getting closer. Red Toes is now screaming at me “Come Benji, quickly now.”
I start to run as fast as I can, I don’t know what the shadow is but it is coming closer very quickly and I can tell by Red Toes voice that the shadow is bad.
“I’m coming, what is it , what is it?” I start to run as fast as I can back to Red Toes. I can see the shadow getting closer. I’m now really scared.
Red Toes is running, I am running.
“Red Toes help” I shout. The shadow is nearly reaching me.
I run harder, I am almost at Red Toes. She bends down with the lead in her hand and clips me right in just as this enormous bird flies right over our heads.
“What was that” I whimper, I’m shaking all over. She picks me up in her arms and I know that I am now safe.
“Oh my god Benji that was too close.” she says.
Once I stop shaking she explains “It looks like a Red Kite, they normally eat mice and moles. He must of thought that you were a nice fluffy rabbit.”
“A Rabbit, I’m not a Rabbit. I’m a dog!”
“Unfortunately they can pick up small dogs by mistake and fly off with them. We need to be more careful in the fields.”
“You saved me Red Toes” I said giving her a big lick.
I stayed on the lead for the rest of the way home just in case anyone else thought I was a fluffy rabbit.