Once upon a time, my brothers and I sat down to watch a movie titled ‘The Last of the Mohicans’, and I loved it. Minus the part when *SPOILER* Uncas dies, and Alice decides to end her life by throwing herself off a cliff. I was team Uncas/Alice the whole time and then that happened…major letdown for me. Other than that unfortunate part, I loved the whole production; the music, scenery, acting, etc…loved it.
One of my favorite scenes (along with every other girl across this great nation of ours) is the “waterfall scene” where Nathaniel tells Cora to “stay alive!” and with the promise that, as she is about to be taken captive, he would find her but she must “stay alive!” And then he jumps through and down a waterfall.
It’s all very exciting.
A few scenes later we cut to Chingachgook, Nathaniel, and Uncas running through the woods, following clues Cora has given them, (with really dramatic music in the background) on a mission to save their women!
It’s all very exciting, and I love that scene.
Now, let’s fast forward to this past Tuesday night when my dad and I took our dogs out to run. We have three dogs and two shock collars that we use (very responsibly, mind you) to train our dogs to come to us when called or to call them off a deer and back to a rabbit. On this particular evening, we decided to collar Annie and Emmi and let my dog, Belle, run free with the thought that she would come when called.
While the dogs are running we are always aware of where they are by listening for their bark and always track them so we don’t lose them. After they had been running for a good while, we decided to call the dogs in as it was getting dark and we needed to head back to the truck. Dad called, gave Annie and Emmi a tone (a signal that if they don’t listen to his command, they will be shocked) and they came running. But Belle? Oh no, she decided to have a little more fun and stay in the woods.
I was on the edge of the woods calling for her and I knew that if I was going to get my dog back I was going to have to go in after her. As I began my trek into the woods, I could hear her rustling in the leaves and knew she was near. I thought I could just stand there and call her to me.
After several calls, I realized that my stubborn little beagle was not going to come to me…I was going to have to go to her. I could still hear her rustling and realized she was coming up the other side of the mountain so I started running (as in running through the woods and nearly tripping over roots and tree branches) after her. At this point in my quest to get my dog the theme from ‘Last of the Mohicans’ started playing in my head. I then realized that I was living out my favorite scene from ‘Last of the Mohicans’! I think I even said to myself “I’m like Chingachgook!”
It was all very exciting and empowering.
In the end I caught up with Belle and she came cowering up to me as she knew she had not obeyed my command. I leashed her and we began our trek back up the mountain and to the truck. I’m not an expert, and I won’t pretend to know what Chingachgook, Uncas, and Nathaniel were feeling when they caught up with Cora and Alice, but I can’t help but believe that their feelings resembled mine once I was victorious and secured my dog back into my possession.
Such is the life of a hounds-woman.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to train my little gal on the art of coming when called. Pray for me.