My husband served 6 years in the United States Army as a Military Policeman; he is always vigilant about keeping us safe and has taught me to be vigilant too. Two Fridays ago, someone was watching me when I took the dogs for their walk. Fortunately for me, I saw him just about the same time Sampson saw or detected him. We were in the field when Sampson stopped and looked into the woods; about the same time I reacted to a noise I heard and looking up I saw someone stopped and looking at us. I wasn’t close enough to describe anything about him, except that he was male and wearing a blue coat. I was a little nervous but didn’t really concern myself about it; I just made the decision that I would not venture out of the open area into the woods, instead I stayed close to the entrance to the park.
He continued on his path and then crossed the back of the field; Delilah ran up to him and I called her back. He continued across the field and made his way to the wooded area on the other side and that’s where he stayed; leaning against a tree; watching me and the dogs. It freaked me out a little but I knew Chet was on his way, so I wasn’t too worried.
I saw Chet before the dogs did and began making my way towards him, I greeted him with “There’s someone here.”
“I know” he said, “I saw him as soon as I walked in.”
I filled him in a little bit about what had transpired and by that time, he (the watcher) had crossed the field again and back onto the trails we normally follow.
I said, “I’d really like to know what he is up to.”
Chet said, “We can follow him.”
So we did. We got into the woods but just couldn’t catch up to him. Eventually, we saw him again, but never got close enough to exchange words.
Honestly, I think the person I saw was a kid, a lot of kids go up into the park to smoke dope and drink beer, but since I can’t be 100% positive as to what he was up to, I have to be cautious. I am now even more vigilant than ever; I turn around every minute or so checking 360 degrees to make sure I am not being followed or watched. Chet is constantly teaching me, about being vigilant.
“When you come to an area where there is a drop or cliff, look over it to make sure no-one is hiding there.”
I noticed something the other night while we were hiking; Delilah looks over the cliff too. Most days she runs ahead and actually goes down and investigates the area below the cliff. Delilah has great instincts and I trust her judgment; she is a smart and vigilant trail dog.