The disappearing dog
Well, we still struggle with “containing” our 1 year old Newfoundland. You wouldn’t think it would be hard to contain such a large breed dog but she is tiny for a Newfoundland – smaller than our Weimaraner. As a result she is very agile, strong, super fast and very elusive.
Last week she snuck out of the yard in the early morning hours. Usually I drive around the block and find her in the neighbors yard just outside our fence – she can get out (God only knows how) but she can’t get back in. That time however, she wasn’t there. I kept driving and driving and finally had to phone my husband for reinforcement. I found her – but I couldn’t get her. There is a CLP depot (just trucks etc… – no office) in our neighborhood and it is entirely surrounded by a very secure fence with barbed wire scrolled along the top. I saw her as I was driving by – on the other side of the fence. I couldn’t get to her. And I couldn’t touch the fence! I also couldn’t get her excited to see me so that she touched the fence. On the other side of the fence (her side) is the railroad tracks. I called my husband – he came to check out the situation and drove through town to get to the track side – where she was. This took some time and it was tricky trying to keep her interested enough to stay there; not so interested that she touched the fence; and keep hoping that a train didn’t come. Fortunately, my husband showed up in time to get her into his vehicle and we all went back home.
This morning I stood in the middle of the yard while I let her out (with our English Mastiff). I watched them play for about 2 minutes then she walked over to the bushes and was gone. It was like that scene from Field of Dreams. She just walked through the bushes like she disappeared. She didn’t jump or anything. Again, I had to take my morning excursion. This time she stayed on the other side of the fence.
When I came back home I searched where it looked like she disappeared. The bushes are so thick there I can barely get behind them BUT I did find where she apparently had pushed the fence out at the bottom but she wouldn’t be able to push it back in to get back into the yard. So tonight that is my task – fix or block the fence! Then my task will be to find where she plans her next escape from.
UPDATE: Came home and tried to work through the disappearing dog issue. The result is far from pretty but I have had elusive dogs before and gone to great measures to contain them and be outmaneuvered time after time. This time – I am over-doing right from the get go. No underestimation here – just pure ugliness.
This photo is from inside the yard. On the outside of those “trees” there is our 4 foot high chain link fence which surrounds our entire yard. I spent an hour cutting through vines and other bush “stuff” just to get in between the “trees”. Over the winter we removed some iron railings from the first floor side porch and haven’t gotten them to the dump yet. They are not usable for any real purpose but they are 3 feet high. You must look really hard into this photo to see the black iron railings all tied together (follow the rope) and tied to the trees. And on the inside yard side of the railings I wrapped some portable kennel fencing we used over the years when we had puppy litters (I am way too old to breed dogs now). The two interior layers of fencing extend for about 30 yards!
But for the moment it is successful. She kept trying to snif her way through a chink in the armor but was not successful. Even if she could get over the first interior fence, she would be stuck in limbo between the two and still not be able to get out of the yard.
Oh the stuff I have to go through for the dogs…