Miku, my little love.

Outfit Details:
romper: thrifted
cozy cardigan (I’ve been living in this): courtesy of LuLu*s (get 15% off your order with code KEIKO)
Coach bag – courtesy of Coach
Seychelles Hawk wedges – courtesy of Seychelles
tights – we love colors

I had the utmost scare a dog lover could imagine: Miku ran into traffic and almost got hit. I’m shaking just typing this, even though it was two days ago. Bobby and I were taking her to the dog park near the bridge, and while he retrieved the car from the opposite side of a busy avenue, Miku and I waited. I was chatting with a girl about Miku; she told me she had a dog just like her and wanted to know if I would breed her (she is spayed – spay/neuter your pets!). As we were talking, Miku got frantic with worry over Bobby’s absence. When we’re not home and one of us makes an exit, she gets really upset and anxious. Her gentle leader started to slip up as I held her back, so I stooped down (with two bags and a drink in my hand) to fix it. She took that opportunity to quickly wriggle out and went darting straight for traffic, heading toward Bobby.

I  ran straight after her, screaming and flailing my hands for cars to slow down. Though they would have had time to slow, not a single one even tried. Both Miku and myself were nearly hit not once, but at least three times. I don’t know if I would have been able to save her if it wasn’t for the girl I was talking to, who bravely and selflessly helped me corral her. Thankfully, she was a little more level-headed than me and didn’t risk getting hit, but still…I can’t even begin to thank her enough. When I got Miku and brought her back to the sidewalk, she was trembling. I was shaking like crazy and a hysterical mess. I couldn’t manage to get anything more than a sincere “Thank you” out, but I am forever grateful for the girl who helped me save my little pup. Miku is my life. My animals mean the world to me and Miku is my heart. I’m crying just thinking about this, how I could have prevented it if I had her collar on tighter, how she came so close to being run over.

Bobby and I carried her the rest of the day, save for when we were near the water on the secure promenade and in the actual dog park. Even in the park (which has double gates to prevent escape), I was a wreck. When she even went near the fence, I called her over to me. She was over it the second we were in the park with other dogs, but I’m still a nervous wreck. We went and got her a harness, and I’ll now be walking her with both the harness AND a gentle leader, because I’m crazy. Two leashes until the harness proves its worth (I got a sturdy one).

It’s that fluffy hair. It makes the collar seem so much tighter than it actually is; she’s really quite small, save for the hair.

I’m forever grateful that I’m able to report with a happy ending. I’m also pleased to know that I will, without a doubt, risk my own life to save my dog’s. That’s love. I know she’d do the same.

p.s. I did post a craigslist missed connections to thank the girl, since some of you asked:)p.p.s. I don’t know if you noticed, but I have a partial black eye (my right) from my cat. I was holding Lacy and Bobby sneezed, which freaked her out. She accidentally clawed my eyelid, near my tear duct (hurts like a mother) and near the other eye. She left my right eye looking like I got punched!

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  1. I was shaking just reading that! I couldn't even imagine how stressful that would be. We had the same trouble with our silky terrier whenever we're both together. She gets particularly fretful if my boyfriend is not with us.

    I'm not sure if this would work, but what my bf has done is taught her that when he goes anywhere, she'll get a belly tickle followed by him saying "I
    ll be back soon". The tickle coupled with him saying that seem to calm her down. It took her a little while to understand but now she's completely fine. Perhaps you could try something like that?

    We do it anytime one or both of us will be leaving her, even if it's only for a minute ๐Ÿ™‚

    So so happy that Miku is ok x

  2. Iggy did that once and it was HORRIFYING!!! Whenever we take him anywhere outside of our front yard, we use a harness. It's so much more comfortable for him, too.

  3. my dog zorie did that once! i almost passed out and had to chase after him! he was so scared by the cars that he kept running and hid in the bushes.

    so glad miku (and you!) are okay! ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Miku looks really adorable!

    Thank goodness both of you are alright! it must be such a traumatising incident

    I hope both you and miku are feeling better!

    I would have gone mad if anything happened to my pets!

  5. That is terrifying! Oh, poor Miku! Poor Keiko! Ahhhh ok that was very scary, I'm so glad that she turned out fine and no one got hit or seriously hurt. ๐Ÿ™ I know I'd be terrified if the same thing happened to me and my dog. I really hope you find that girl so you can properly thank her, too! Best of luck with that, Keiko. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Toast with Charmalade

  6. I'm glad you're both ok! I'll never forget when my cat climed out a ripped screen (which I didn't know about) onto a window ledge. He stretched out and just lay there, I was flipping out trying to get him back inside without freaking him out… hopefully never again!

  7. Gosh, im so glad that your baby is okay. I would of been freaking out too! Bless the girl who helped you out, thats so good, and im so glad that she was there. You seriously are so enchanting, Keiko, and I have been meaning to tell you that for a while. Its like a breath of fresh air coming to your blog! Have a lovely weekend. x

  8. I'm sorry you had to go through such a horrifying experience! I would have done the same thing if one of my cat's ran out of the house. I have no idea what humans are thinking when they are driving. Even if I see a cat in someone's driveway I slow down in case they should happen to dart out! I live in a relatively quiet neighborhood but people take advantage of that and tend to speed in these residential areas, it's horrible! I'm so glad you and Miku are okay.

  9. As I was reading I relived everything with you! All the horror & gratefulness. I know I'd go hysterical & crazy! It's so good everything ended well!
    I'm a 100% dog person I don't have one myself but my parents do. I love their dogs! For me their dogs are like my extended family.

  10. oh my goodness im so gald u both are alright!! how terrifying!! we live in the country and the cars our country lane road dont slow down for anything, its such a shame our dogs always have to be on a leash.. just posted pics of my little pugs on my blog today! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  11. So glad that you and Miku are okay. I can't believe no one stopped. I'm always stopping for squirrels. I've even stopped for a turtle. My cats are always scratching me when we play or when they get scared. I understand how you feel. You look great as always!

  12. I think it's kind of wonderful how Miku just kind of shrugged it off once he got in the park. Like "Holy shit, that was scary oh hey look, other dogs and some trees…sweeet!" hahaha

    I'm happy to hear both you and Miku are okay. Hopefully you can take a cue from Miku and let some good times distract you from what could've been a tragic incident.

  13. That cardigan looks so super comfy! And I'm so glad that both you and Miku are okay, and the mystery girl helped! And the drivers were really inconsiderate, but that's really how some New York drivers are, unfortunately.

  14. That must have been terrifying! I love my cat like my child. A few months ago she got out onto the fire escape and ran up to the top, my husband had to corral her back down in the rain with tuna fish. I was a complete wreck for the rest of the day. I'm so glad your dog is ok.

  15. I know exactly how you feel. My dog back home in London when she was a puppy thought that water was the same as ground and without knowing how to swim walked right into the river thames at high tide. Thankfully she was on a leash but god those loveable dogs can give you a good scare. Say hi to Bobby for me!

  16. Im so glad your dog is ok! Its seriously so traumatising seeing your pet run into the road! It happened to me just the other week when I was out for a walk and my cat ran out into the road and actually got hit by the car and nearly hit my boyfriend too! Thank god he was ok but I just kept seeing it over and over for like a week! So i know exactly how you feel!

    I absolutely love that romper btw ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I have had that problem w/ my dog. My solution was to run the leash w/ the halter (probably like your gentle lead) through the metal loop on her collar. That way if my dog slips out of the lead-harness she won't get far because it won't pull through the small metal ring.

  18. I'm sorry that you had a scare.

    But I'm even more sorry that some people on your blog seem more concerned with telling you that your pictures and outfits are cute and posting links to their own blogs.

    That sucks. I know people on the internet don't have to care, but it's sad that they can't read, either.

  19. Omigosh! You dog-hero! That is so scary, I'm so glad you're BOTH ok! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. I'm glad Miku is safe.
    I tried to use a gentle leader, but it just did not work out for my dog.
    I tried a harness too, but he was able to back himself out of it and get free. My sister has a harness that also can be used in conjunction with the seat belt in a car. That harness is very secure and nicer than the ones found in pet stores.
    Make sure that Miku doesn't get chaffed from the harness. Check in the sensitive areas like the arm pits where there is less fur.

    Drivers are not sensitive to people with dogs. Cars turn in front of me and my dog when we cross at the light. And it is my right of way.

    Miku is lucky to have such a caring owner as yourself.

  21. hey! i came back to reread the whole post,
    because my previous comment was on your outfit and the cute dog because i only seen the picture.
    now, that i had read the post, i'm terribly sorry for my insensitive comment.
    and i hope you have recovered from your scare! (:

    With Love,

  22. Such a lovely story, in the end but I can totally imagine how scared you were. I have always had pets and I know this happened to my mum once and she was absolutely terrified:(

    Carol x

  23. !! Great to hear Miku's ok! I have a little dachshund girlie and use a soft harness on her too. Once when I was away from home, my mother took her for a walk and she slipped out just like Miku about 3 blocks away from my house (she hates walks progressively more as you take her further away from home) and ran back the whole way, with my mother chasing her down. Little dog sneak outs are no little thing!