His Stealth Antelope Move {from my moving car}

Photo by Yoga Mom Sylvie

See this face?  How can I be mad at this face?  I mean really.  When you pull an antelope move from a moving car what do you expect?  Cheers?  Applause?  I mean, Jedi's leap out of the car window while the car was slowly moving today was flawless.  Executed with perfection.  No broken bones or injuries.  Can I really be mad? 

Of course I can be.  Mad, upset, disappointed, pissed, saddened, the whole nine yards - maybe ten.

However, thankfully, I already had a phone appointment scheduled with life coach, Sue, this morning.  You bet this was the first "issue" we discussed.  And the only issue.  

Here are my conclusions after my coaching session:
  1. I am way too hard on myself.  Sue reminded me that perfect passed away in the fall.  ....I seem to forgot her passing....
  2. Jedi is lovely, but our family has dropped the ball on his training since last summer.  
  3. No excuses, our family is signing up for a training class with Jedi.  Like now.
  4. Dog training classes don't have to be boring.  I am exploring other training opportunities like a nosework or agility class for Jedi and our family.
  5. I am not alone in this. I have Mr. UpCyclist, Lil O and a ton of other dog parents to consult.
  6. Perhaps, Jedi is preparing me for when Olive takes a leap of faith - maybe as a teen?  Oh my.
  7. Sue is amazing.  Really, she is.  She asked me what Jedi might have thought about the window leap.  Really?  What does Jedi think? 
I think Jedi LOVED that leap.  I think he's been dreaming of that leap for months - every since he hung out the window for the first time - is my guess.  I think Jedi is BRILLIANT for choosing a non-busy street & time of the day when the car was going at just the right speed.  I think Jedi has been PRACTICING his standing leap for weeks in the forest and wanted to see if the same skills apply to moving vehicles.  I think Jedi, like his family, appreciates ACTIVITY and ADVENTURE.  I think Jedi wanted to try something NEW and CHALLENGE himself and deal with the repercussions later.  I think Jedi is more like a HUMAN than I could have ever imagined.

But....

He's still going to a training class.

What a morning,

Jen

PS - Did you ever have a dog leap out of your moving car?  Tell me about it below.  I need strength in numbers.


8 comments:

  1. You are not alone in the craziness of being a dog owner. Our wonderful old lab was king of crazy in his younger days, he jumped over our 5 ft fence to experience freedom, out the bottom front window (thru the screen) to get to my husband who was mowing the grass. He has cut his paw pad several times and he had to go to the emergency vet when he was playing fetch with a stick and it got stuck in the ground as his mouth went to get it and he severed his tonsils. We call him our million dollar dog and we are glad he much calmer in his old age :)

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    1. Carrie - I am COMPLETELY comforted by your story. Thank you for sharing. I think your million dollar dog is lucky to have you and your husband.

      Crazy hounds,
      Jen

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  2. Unbelievably Chester just ate the end of my power cord for my macbook pro. I think there was pesto on it :)
    So...not a moving car, but perhaps just as dangerous (the other end was plugged in).

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    1. Sue - Probably more dangerous! Oh my. You must make delicious pesto.

      Wink, wink,

      Jen

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  3. Also Bodhi has left the park several times to chase rabbits across streets and down dark alleys, so far he's come back safe each time. But it has taken years off my life :)

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    1. I am laughing. Jedi will go to great distances to chase squirrels and deer. Somehow the rabbits evade him.

      I love your line..."But it has taken years off my life."

      :)

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  4. MY baby Rio who is a lab/pitbull/boxer mix is truley giving me a run for my money. He jumped my 4 ft fence many times and runs for the hills or the neighbors yard where he likes to pick up their jack russel and make him squeak. He is black and almost got hit by a car at night 2 times. My mom and i put a six foot fence and he comes very close to jumping over that now i need to add a foot (Hope that will keep him in the yard. By the way he will not jump over a foot high shelf that my daughter put in front of her door to keep him out. He has eaten from socks to beanie babies to drywall to nurmours electrical cords (luckily i have a friend who is an electrictian) he lives on. I have baby gates around all entrences so there is not a chance of him ecaping. I have to leash walk him in our fenced in yard and if he sees a cat i have to hold on with two hands or iam going down and will be dragged to the cat for his snack. And before you ask yes we have been to 3 training classes. But my friends told me that labs normally calm down when they are 5 or 6 i just hope i can survive that long he makes haviung 2 teenage girls look like a walk in the park.

    P.S. I am getting too old for this it would of been easier to have another baby. :)
    Stacey

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    1. Stacey - Holy moly! Rio is insanely adventurous. He's making Jedi's jump look like rookie material.

      Ha!

      Jen

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