Learned a Lesson by Dropping the Ball
Been reading about different scenarios long enough to think I know what I'll do if something happens.
Or so I thought.
First, a little background:
I have a wife and 3 kids, along with 2 dogs - Duke, my Olde English Bulldogge who sleeps in the house and Bailey, (everyone but mine) Bischon-Shitzu mix who sleeps in the garage.
Over the weekend Duke bumped his leg and got an internal bruise that swelled up pretty good, the vet poked a hole and it seemed to be healing up well until sometime Saturday when we noticed blood drops everywhere, apparently the hole opened again so we bandaged it up and tried to keep him calm the rest of the day/night.
Onto the story...
Last night I woke up to my dog Duke barking, after waking up I also heard our other dog barking in the garage. Once I got out of bed Duke ran into the living room, I chased after him and got him to calm down a bit because I was worried about his leg. In the meantime my wife goes into the garage to check on Bailey and see what the fuss is about.
It wasn't until this morning that it really hit me hard - I blew it completely.
I plan to talk to my wife tonight about the incident and make sure we're on the same page if it should ever happen again, and I'm sure it will just due to the nature of dogs, especially Bailey who barks at a change in wind direction.
Here's what I think I should have done, keep in mind we do have an alarm system. One child is across the hall, the other two are downstairs in their own rooms - I would never have bought this house if I knew then when I know now, but it is what it is.
1. Wake up
2. Get out of bed
3. Unlock the safe and grab my gun
4. Tell my wife to have her phone ready and check on the kids (wife has no interest in guns)
5. I would assess the situation in the garage, then meet up with her
This is all different of course if the alarm is going off, then I know there's a good chance someone is already inside. In that case my wife would go across the hall and I would get the girls who are most likely already making a b-line for the upstairs.
I need to come up with a solid plan for each scenario, I do NOT want to get caught unprepared ever again - it really bothers me, but I'm opening up my little uneventful story so that hopefully:
A: I get some help
B: It helps someone else