In one of my previous posts; Our Secret Dog I’ve mentioned our secretly adopted dog called Beag. He lives in the same building as us and we regularly see him in and around our complex. He’s such a cute dog and we would love to have him as our own. But, pity to say we can’t actually just rob him from his actual owners… but we like to pretend he’s ours!
A few days ago we had to pick up a box which my family sent me from Ireland, arriving in Chengdu in only about 6 days, it was extremely fast! We had to go and pick it up at the storage area, so we took a bus to go.
We stepped out of our building and started walking, and who did we meet but Beag. We were delighted to see him! So he started walking with us and sniffing about, out of our complex and down the road with us.
He would disappear for a few seconds, then suddenly reappear at our sides!
But then we started getting worried, we were still walking down the road and he was still following us. ‘I hope he doesn’t follow us all the way’, I thought. ‘What happens if we get on the bus and he jumps in with us?’
We were also afraid in case he becomes confused and can’t find his way home. Or a car or scooter hit him. They don’t stop for pedestrians crossing the road, they certainly won’t stop for a 1.5 foot dog!
But still he followed! And the cute thing was, he would be walking in front of us, and then look back to make sure we were still there!
Suddenly, he ran across the road and and started sniffing about ‘Good, maybe he will get distracted and will forget about us’.
But no! Suddenly I see he’s back at our side!
Oh! A dog! He’ll definitely want to go over and have a smell, that’s our chance to lose him!
Wrong again… Beag really wants to find out where we are going!
So we start getting to a corner of the street…. and we look around.
“Right Aisling, he’s distracted, quick, we’ll run around the corner and hopefully he’ll loose us and he’ll head back home”
So we started running around the corner and down the road to where we have to cross the street.
We made it to the road and look behind…
“Oh Aisling I see him! He’s coming this way! He’s looking around for us!”
Oh no, I really don’t want him crossing this road; it’s too busy and we don’t want him to get hurt.
We stand still and hope he doesn’t appear next to us.
“He’s passed us, but he’s still looking around” my boyfriend says.
The green light appeared, we quickly cross and start walking to the bus stop.
“I can see him, he’s at the bus stop at the opposite side, we’re ok!”
Phew! We didn’t exactly want him following us onto the bus. We had to go pretty far to collect my package.
After we collected our package and headed home, we were wondering what happened to Beag… did he get home safe?
But thankfully the next day we saw him at our building!
He came running up to us and we started petting him, glad to see he made his way home!
Chinese people really love their dogs, but when they are on their own, it’s a little dangerous for them. Drivers only notice pedestrians crossing the street when they are literally 1 foot in front of them and then nearly crashing into them (haha sometimes we say drivers here wear those blinkers/blinders for horses and only see people when they are literally right on top of them), so they definitely won’t be looking out for small animals.
But hopefully Beag has a bit of common sense and will avoid the roads… oh and look left and right!