There is the cutest little boy that lives next door to us. He's four years old and very fond of dogs, especially "mugs" as he calls them. Whenever I go to take Sangmu for a walk, he wants to come with me and hold "Samoo's" leash. I Adore this boy and don't mind at all him holding Sangmu's leash while we walk. In fact, I enjoy his company for he throws out comments like, "This is my park and it's spectacular." and, "Aren't those flowers divine?" Such a small companion with such a large vocabulary is quite cute. In any case, he loves both Sangmu and me quite a lot (he might have a bit of a crush on me like so many young boys do on much older teens).
However, last night we (Sangmu and I) were out chatting with his mother and he came running up and gave me a big hug and said in the way he so sweetly does: "hi Samoo!". Sangmu was off leash but I got the leash as soon as I saw him because I knew that things would get very exciting. Sure enough, the boy wanted to hold Sangmu's leash but as soon as Sangmu saw the a neighbor dog, she wanted to go play, and he couldn't hold her back. The leash flew out of his hands and Sangmu went trotting off in the direction of the dog. I called "Sangmu!" and she turned and started back, but then our little friend called out in a shrill, excited squeal "SAMOOOO! COME BACK YOU MUG, YOU!" This was very cute, but it excited and scared Sangmu and she tore off towards us, and then just kept going. He ran after her still squealing. Sangmu at this point was rather frightened and kept running. I raced after them, passed the little boy and caught Sangmu. I held her leash for the rest of the time with him. I think we need to have a talk about what to do if Sangmu gets away. Not screaming is a good idea. Sangmu loves small children (and everybody else), but gets nervous if they freak out on her like that.