A Walk in the Park

The other day I was walking my dog (a lovely Golden Retriever, named Ada) in the
park, when a strange thing happened. As we were using our usual route Ada was
set free.

She is a very peaceful dog and the only way she can harm anybody is by licking.

And since I have never had any complaints regarding her, I remove the leash on
those walks.

Suddenly, out of the blue, she started barking and jumped in some bushes. I tried to catch up with her, but without the leash she was too quick for me. I finally found myself behind the bushes and I couldn't believe what my eyes saw. My dog was fighting a snake and somewhere behind Ada, there was a nest with several small hedgehogs. On the side there was a bigger hedgehog, but it was wounded and looked more like dead to me. I didn't know what to do; I was afraid that the snake might bite Ada, so I grabbed a stick and tried to poke the snake several times. I don't know if this was the reason, or the reptile was scared from all the noise I was making, but it disappeared in the grass.

I started checking my dog, she seemed to be ok, and at least I couldn't see anything but decided to visit the vet once we are home, just to be on the safe side. I wanted to leave, but Ada was staying there and refused to move. This was the first time she showed such a character and I was puzzled. Then an idea occurred to my mind. I kneeled on the ground and started gathering the small hedgehogs in my sweatshirt. When I took them all and started walking away, Ada did the same.

We went home, I called the vet, he came, took a look and said that there is no place for worries and my dog was perfectly fine. Then I told him about the babies I had to take. Fortunately, it turned out that they are big enough to live on their own and the vet took them in the clinic to take care of them until they grow old enough to live on their own in the wild. I gave Ada a treat because she was my hero of the day, and tired of the adventure, we both fall asleep quickly.