...this morning. After we were done with our morning walk at Great Falls Park, we decided to stop by at the German bakery to get some bread. Since it's really hot and humid - even at 7:30 in the morning - we decided that Rui stays with the dogs and I go in to get the bread. Said and done. Ten minutes later I get out of the store to find Bica in the middle of the parking lot threatening to run into the busy street. Before Rui was able to put a leash on her, she had slipped through the small opening of the car door and ran out to look for me. My heart sank and my adrenaline shot up, once I realized what had happened. One wrong move and she could potentially get run over by a car. Rt. 29 is a very busy thoroughfare and chances of her getting hit or killed were high. There were a few people in the parking lot and thankfully they stood very still being fully aware of Bica's shyness. Nobody tried to go towards her, which would have made her run off in panic. I sat down and she came over to me, but would not let me touch her.
Then I did what I should have done before. I ran to the car and opened the door for her. Thank God she ran towards the car and away from the street. At the car I was able to grab her and put her inside. You should have seen the collective sigh of relief all around us !
Trust, or lack thereof, has always been a big issue in Bica's life. In situations like these she reminds us that people are not her favorite species and despite all the efforts we have made over the last couple of years, there is still that trust issue that will never be completely resolved.