The line between paranoid and cautious

On my run in the country this evening I was approached by three people in a pick-up truck – two men, one older than the other, and a young girl in the cab. Major didn’t bark or growl, but I was immediately struck with fear. Before the driver said a word, I thought, Am I about to get shot?

He was polite. He even excused himself for interrupting my run.

“Have you seen a brown pit bull mix running around?” he asked.

I shook my head, wishing I’d brought my cell phone. “No, I don’t think so.”

“He’s been gone about an hour and we think he’s nearby.”

I shook my head again and shrugged. I watched the driver reach his hand towards the console and again I thought, Is this when I get shot? Or is this an abduction?

The man fiddled around in the console for two, maybe three seconds, and in that very brief time I imagined what I would do if he pulled out a gun. Would I run? Would I do what he told me to do? Would Major bark or growl, and if so, would the man shoot my dog? Could I scream loud enough for someone to hear me?

He pulled out a business card and held out his hand to me. I took three steps toward the truck, wondering if this is how he lures in unsuspecting women. I grabbed the business card and stepped back.

“That’s a gorgeous dog you have there,” he said. I immediately thought, You can’t have him.

“Thank you,” I said.

“If you see my dog running around, would you mind calling? He’s about the size of your dog and all brown.”

“Sure thing.”

After the truck drove away I looked at the business card and saw that it was for a veterinary clinic. The man was sincere and I was a douche. I felt horrible for thinking he had ill intentions towards me, but then I thought, No, you can’t be too cautious.

Can you?

 

4 Replies to “The line between paranoid and cautious”

  1. Always listen to your instincts! Do not discount them because you were off this time. Women ignore their instincts and that is a mistake.

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