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

But she was determined to stay one step ahead of me. My energy was waning, and frustration began to seep in.

Just when it seemed like I was fighting a losing battle, my son appeared on the scene. He had heard the commotion and came to my rescue. With a swift and decisive move, he managed to capture our furry Houdini mid-zooming.

Victory was finally within reach.

As I caught my breath, I couldn’t help but reflect on the lesson now etched into my tired mind:

Never let the dog off the leash until safely inside

Find joy in the chase

In the end, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the absurdity of the situation.

Despite the unexpected chaos and the exhaustion that had washed over me, I couldn’t deny the bond that exists between us and our four-legged companions. Even on the most ordinary of nights, they have a way of turning our world upside down and teaching us valuable lessons along the way.

And as I finally closed the front door, my dog safely by my side, I was grateful for the adventure that had unfolded.

It was a reminder that even in the most mundane moments, life has a way of surprising us, reminding us to embrace the unexpected and find joy in the chase.



Justin Zack

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