Feelings of sadness and grief are common
in any missing pet situation but the emotions in this scenario can surprise some people. Many grief stricken pet owners express
feelings of betrayal and anger towards their wandering dog. In some people's eyes, their dog has made a choice and
is choosing to stay out on the road instead of coming home. In the case of the shy dog, many do not understand how the dog
that shares their bed is now acting as if she does not know them. Others express feelings of shock when they have seen their
dog on the street and then called knowing their loving pet would gratefully run to them. They are shocked, then hurt when
the dog bolts and runs away. These are very common human feelings for very expected canine behaviors in this situation.
The most important thing to remember is that your much loved pet
is a dog... not a human. I always caution people experiencing an at large dog, to expect her to run from them and prepare
emotionally for that outcome. They should be grateful and surprised if the opposite occurs. A dog's feelings of love are felt
by her in a way that we cannot understand because we are not of her species. Her natural instincts are not our natural instincts.
At her core, no matter the relationship she has with her humans; she is still a canine with a genetic makeup more similar
to that of the wolf and coyote than ours.
dog is wandering like her feral cousins, I encourage you to be emotionally prepared and not take any
of the dog's behaviors personally. The dog's love for you is expressed in many ways but she is not human and this is
not the time to put human personality traits and characteristics on her. If you think of her like a wolf or coyote, it
will more closely model her tendencies on this journey.