How A Late Night Dog Chase Turned Into A Powerful Life Lesson

Justin Zack
2 min readMay 12, 2023
Photo by Janelle Hiroshige on Unsplash

It was already 10 PM, and I was more than ready to call it a day.

One last potty break for Millie the dog and it would be lights out.

She dutifully did her business.

As we approached the front door to head back inside, I removed the leash thinking our nighttime routine was coming to an end.

But “Mildred” had other plans.

She looked up at me, looked back at the yard, and then bolted in the opposite direction.

Sleep was clearly not on her agenda.

With a mix of surprise and exhaustion, I was now in the middle of an unexpected adventure. I frantically chased after “sh*thead” around the front yard, desperately trying to catch her and bring her back inside where she belonged.

She was swift and agile, zigzagging through the darkness like American Ninja Warrior for dogs.

I tried every trick in the book

  • The tennis ball
  • Calling her name
  • Luring her with treats



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