Yes, I saw a bear this morning while on my morning run with my mom…right here in North Phoenix! We were turning a corner when another dog came tearing over toward me growling and barking up a storm. He was in full attack mode! I never understand such aggressive and usually just sit and cock my head to one side, “What is all the hub-bub about?” This dude wasn’t stopping or calming down. His human did nothing. I noticed my mom’s posture tightened as she positioned herself between me and the oncoming dog. As he lunged for my throat, my mom grabbed him by the collar and with super-human strength yanked him back a couple of feet. Her voice didn’t sound like her as she yelled at the dog to knock it off. I watched in awe, and his human still did nothing.
Unfortunately, the dog was more ticked off and he turned his aggression on my mom. Big mistake dude. Something swelled up inside of me, and a fierce bark and growl came out of me like I’ve never heard. My mom now was keeping the two of us apart, and the other human finally made her way over to pull her dog away. Mom had me sit, which I did, and told me to settle down. I listened. The other dog…not so much. His human profusely apologized but didn’t reprimand her dog. I know who the pack leader is in that family. My mom’s heart was racing, and I could tell she was too upset to even speak.
So yes, I saw a bear this morning. My mom became a mama Grizzly bear ready to fight to the death to protect her young. I just now realized why I was named Kumaito. In Japanese, my name means little (ito) bear (Kuma), and I am my mother’s dog!
May I say something to the humans out there who have dogs in their family? Your responsibility is to train us so we listen. This is for our own good and the safety of others. We have animal instincts that must be molded properly. This human made the grave mistake of thinking that love meant letting her dog do whatever he wants. In reality, he is one unhappy dog. If he should follow through on his threats one day, he will lose his life. How is that loving? If your dog doesn’t mind you, get some training. You’ll both benefit from it.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough excitement for one day. It’s time for a peaceful nap. Love to all.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!