Thursday, December 1, 2016
Lucy - The Adventure Continues
Despite David's best efforts at temporarily rigging the back fence line so Lucy can't escape, she still managed. We caught her in the act yesterday.
The back fence has multiple high spots and the fence is floppy. We discovered that she's been pushing on the fence and climbing under. I have to say that I'm surprised. She's never shown any interest in leaving the yard - at our last house or here. At any rate, she's discovered that she likes it. Or at least she likes the yard behind us. Or maybe it's the German Shepherd. At any rate, she's no longer interested in staying home.
With this in mind, I've been leaving her in her kennel in the morning until I've had a chance to get up and get dressed. Then and only then do I let her out. That way, if she does escape, I'm wearing regular clothes and my tennis shoes when I attempt to retrieve her (vs. the robe and slippers and wild hair from yesterday).
This morning I let her out but watched her. As soon as she was done doing her business, she came in with me. But while I was talking on the phone, she was barking in my face. I couldn't get her to shut up so I let her out. Yes, I let her out. Alone. And yes, she escaped. I looked outside and she was on the neighbor's steps heading up to their deck where their German Shepherd was confined. Apparently they are friends now because the German Shepherd was trying to get out to play.
And this is where it gets ugly. In the past, she came right to me and slipped back into our yard. Today she didn't. Today she decided she wasn't coming back just yet and took off. She headed toward the street but then came back. It looked like she was coming to the gate but instead she took a detour and ran around me and off into the back of their yard.
I was running out of options so I unhooked the chain holding the gate shut and went into my neighbor's yard to retrieve my very disobedient dog. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get her - she's not very obedient - but she finally decided to cooperate. She headed back into our yard carrying the German Shepherd's ball. At this point, I felt bad about the ball but I just wanted to get the dog back in the yard. Success.
She's in the house and confined and I will not make that mistake again. And in a few minutes I need to go return the ball. Lucy's disobedient and naughty but I will not let her be a thief, too!