I didn't mean to but I made Joan fall down
It was a cold, cold day yesterday. Joan took me for a walk around dinnertime. It was really freezing - not so much for me, but I know Joan was cold - it was about 10 degrees out with a windchill closer to -1. She was very generous to take me on the 1 mile walk loop we have despite it being that cold (I think she didn't realize it was that cold given that a few days ago it was nearly 60 degrees). Anyway, we were nearing home when I saw him - Crash - the golden retriever who lives across from me in the blue house. I can't say why but he bugs me. I think it is because he thinks he's better than I am - and I think I should be better than him. I think because I wasn't treated well, now I like to be dominant - the alpha dog on the block!
So I started barking and pulling and Joan took me out into the road around a car to pass Crash without being really near to him. Joan was holding onto the leash and I was doing acrobatics and barking and snarling (as I look back at it, I'm a little embarassed at my behavior but I have to do anything I can to show my superiority). Joan's hands were really cold (she told me she has now sworn off those gloves because they are not warm). Somehow in one of my acrobatic tricks, I pushed Joan over and she fell down onto the street. Since she had so much clothing on, it wasn't too bad of a fall, but she did actually skin her knee (somehow her pants did not rip which was good for me because I already made her rip her wool coat on the fence so another ripped good clothing would not do good things for me, I bet).
As I look back - besides my bad behavior - it was kind of hilarious because there was another man walking behind us and he chose to follow Joan and me into the street and then, there is Joan on the ground after I made her fall, with a crazy dog. Of course she is holding on to me because otherwise who knows what would happen if she let me go and I could go near Crash.
It's all in the attitude - the yellow lab, Chloe, who lives in the house next to where Joan fell down has a great attitude and I like her a lot. We run around her yard like madwomen! But see, Chloe knows that I am the alpha. She defers to me- she is also younger than I am, so she respects me. So, I'll play with her. I also have much more attitude when I'm on leash. Joan puts that "gentle leader" on my nose and then I feel very subordinate - which I don't like at all.
Anyway, I am really sorry about Joan's injury!