This past Wednesday was a really scary day for me.... go to bed and pull the covers over my head and cry bad. We all survived, but I'm scared. I do not want to be scared. I want and WILL BE brave.
But sometimes you're left with questions. What else could I have done? What will prevent this in the future? Is this somewhere I should be? Am I safe? I'm not anti-gun, but I don't want to be a person that needs one..... but do I need one?
In ONE day I had two separate life-threatning instances:
11AM :: Taking my 3 dogs for a hike in my beloved woods, we had a run-in with a coyote. Taking my dogs for a walk/hike in Hitchcock Woods was the catalyst for me moving to Aiken 6 years ago. It's been my place in so many ways. My place to escape, to relax, to heal, to wonder and get lost. I love the woods. But now, I'm hurt that MY place isn't my safe place anymore. A coyote chased me and the dogs. CHASED US
The fear still races through me as I type this, as well as gratitude. I'm grateful it was me and not someone less equipped to YELL. I'm grateful for the other tough experiences in my life that prepared me to escape that situation unharmed. But we had to run. Run away.
I should be safe... Right?
3PM :: I'm organizing the tack/feed room at Lamplight Cottage & Stables. I see the neighbors walk up with a new dog, so I walk over to say hello. They are dog-sitting, bless their heart, a dog beyond their dog-handeling ability. It's a solid 90lbs + pitt mix with plenty of energy. The dog was perfectly nice to me, but as the horses walked over, she slipped her collar and immediately ran for Cruize's throat. Without hesitation. The neighbors are not horse people, nor do they have my phone number. Luckily I was there. Cruize only has a scrape on his shoulder, but Cruize did get in a little kick and roll the BITCH (she is a female dog).
Why and how did this happen to me on the same day? It's a lot to handle. Was I wearing a cape and saved the day? Did I merely survive? Is it negative energy surrounding me? Mostly, how do I make sure it does not happen again? Or is this not a fair question? Much worse happens to people every day. I survived, my animals survived. I am grateful.