I watched a movie recently that triggered a memory from my childhood. The move is called Grizzly Falls. The story line is about a mamma grizzly bear who loses her cubs so she kidnaps a little boy and takes him on a long journey with his father in hot pursuit. The bear has no intention of harming the child. It turns out she is taking him to the place where her cubs are being held hostage. The happy ending is she is reunited with her cubs and the boy is reunited with his father. The bear and the boy are sad to say goodbye to each other but everything is back to the way it should be. Movie trailer below.
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The bear's intimidating behaviour that was used to keep the boy with her triggered a memory from my childhood when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Our next door neighbour at the time owned a German Shephard whose job it was to guard all the things they had stored in their back yard. I had been there many times to play with their daughter and the dog seemed friendly enough. Certainly not a threat to us anyway.
One day I went to call on my friend next door and when I entered the back yard the dog began to use that same intimidating behaviour towards me with the same intent on having me follow and stay with her. She took me a really long way from home - miles away. Every time I stopped walking or tried to go back, she would snap and growl at me which forced me to continue following her.
When we where close to reaching the city limits, a police car happened to pass us and noticed I was in trouble. The officer came back and rescued me from the dog. I don't remember how the dog was handled but it was returned to its owners who where instructed to put a fence up and keep the dog tied up. I was returned home safely with no physical injuries but I was shaken up emotionally.
I have always wondered what would possess the dog to do that. She was obviously intent on going somewhere and taking me with her but where? Why? What would she have done with me when we reached her destination? It is really strange, isn't it?