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The first ever escape.

Discussion in 'Sheltie Chat' started by GlennR, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. GlennR

    GlennR Premium Member

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    Willow is not a pushy dog and won't even nose open doors that are ajar. At least she wasn't pushy. This week I had to make a run out of town to get some bids for work on my country property. Willow has learned to associate suitcases or duffle bags with us leaving so when I carried mine out she bolted from the house as the door was swinging closed. Fortunately for me, she ran straight to the car and stayed there until I could scoop her up and take her back into the house. Now I'm going to have to be diligent in making sure I know where she is when I walk out the door. Although she had the whole family to keep her company while I was gone, I still got a lovely greeting and cuddles when I returned a couple of days later.
     
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  2. Calliesmom

    Calliesmom Moderator

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    well, glad that she ran to car and waited.....
    Dixie got out when the screen door took too long to close one time. she started trotting down the driveway, right past the car. I turned around and went back into the house to get a leash and she must have decided that she should come with me because when I went back out, she was coming back towards me......
    I just worry as the road is well traveled and most cars are going pretty fast.
     
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  3. Ann

    Ann Moderator

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    Very glad you got her back quickly, Glenn! We have a Bernese Mountain Dog here in my town that got out of an open door just like yours two months ago and still hasn't been caught. Her owners have hired professional dog trackers, used drones, tracking dogs, baited traps, bacon burns, absolutely anything you can think of. Add to that she's been sighted in five towns around us but they cannot catch her. It can happen so quickly and has to all of us at one time or another. I bet Willow was just determined not to let you go without her!
     
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  4. Margi

    Margi Forums Enthusiast

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    You are so lucky she is a good girl and just wanted to go with you! I live in fear Fillion gets out a door as a car is speeding by--he would be gone after it!
     
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  5. Daisy1015

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    No matter the amount if training, they can still slip out by surprise even when they know better. Terrible feeling even when it is under control like your situation.
     
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  6. Sandy in CT

    Sandy in CT Premium Member

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    Sneaky Willow!!! Glad she was a good girl and went to the car - but oh so scary!!!
     
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  7. ghggp

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    So pleased that Wilow just went to the car and you got her in time so she could stay safe!

    Every time I read a post like this I feel compelled to attach this reminder...

    http://www.michigansheltierescue.net/trust.html

    There is a deadly disease stalking your dog...

    a hideous, stealthy thing just waiting for its chance to steal your beloved friend. It is not a new disease or one for which there are inoculations. The disease is called "Trust."

    You knew before you ever took your dog home that it could not be trusted. The rescue group/breeder who provided you with this precious animal warned you, drummed it into your head. Dogs steal off counters, destroy anything expensive, chase cats, take forever to house train, and must never be allowed off lead!!

    When the big day finally arrived, heeding the sage advice, you escorted your dog to his new home, properly collared and tagged, the lead held tightly in your hand.

    At home, the house was "dog-proofed." Everything of value was stored in the spare bedroom, garbage stowed on top of the refrigerator, cats separated, and a gate placed across the living room to keep at least one part of the house puddle free. All windows and doors had been properly secured, and signs placed in all strategic points reminding all to "Close the door!"

    Soon it becomes second nature to make sure the door closes nine-tenths of a second after it was opened and that it is really latched. "Don't let the dog out" is your second most verbalized expression. (The first is "No!")

    You worry and fuss constantly, terrified that your darling will get out and disaster will surely follow. Your friends comment about who you love most, your family or the dog. You know that to relax your vigil for a moment might lose him to you forever.

    And so the weeks and months pass, with your dog becoming more civilized every day, and the seeds of trust are planted. It seems that each new day brings less destruction, less breakage. Almost before you know it, your gangly, slurpy dog has turned into an elegant, dignified friend.

    Now that he is a more reliable, sedate companion, you take him more places. No longer does he chew the steering wheel when left in the car. And darned if that cake wasn't still on the counter this morning. And, oh yes, wasn't that the cat he was sleeping with so cozily on your pillow last night?

    At this point you are beginning to become infected, the disease is spreading its roots deep into your mind.

    And then one of your friends suggests obedience classes, and, after a time you even let him run loose from the car into the house when you get home. Why not, he always runs straight to the door, dancing a frenzy of joy and waits to be let in. And, remember he comes every time he is called. You know he is the exception that disproves the rule. (And sometimes late at night, you even let him slip out the front door to go potty and then right back in.)

    Years pass -- it is hard to remember why you ever worried so much. He would never think of running out the door left open while you bring in the packages from the car. It would be beneath his dignity to jump out the window of the car while you run into the convenience store. And when you take him for those wonderful long walks at dawn, it only takes one whistle to send him racing back to you in a burst of speed when the walk comes too close to the highway. (He still gets in the garbage, but nobody is perfect!)

    This is the time the disease has waited for so patiently. Sometimes it only has to wait a year or two, but often it takes much longer. He spies the neighbor dog across the street, and suddenly forgets everything he ever knew about not slipping outdoors, jumping out windows, or coming when called due to traffic. Perhaps it was only a paper fluttering in the breeze, or even just the sheer joy of running.

    Every morning my dog bounced around off lead exploring. Every morning for seven years he came back when he was called. He was perfectly obedient, perfectly trustworthy. He died fourteen hours after being hit by a car.

    Please do not risk your friend and your heart. Save the trust for things that do not matter.
    Please read this every year on your dog's birthday, lest we forget.

    ~Author Unknown
     
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  8. Darren

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    Aww she only wanted to go with you! It's lucky she is so well behaved and attached to you or the clever gal would be doing laps of the dog park by the time you got to her!
     
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  9. Darren

    Darren Premium Member

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    Always a sobering read Gloria and a reminder what can happen.
     
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  10. Piper's mom

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    This is why I lock my gates and anytime I have to open my front door Finnie is either in a down stay or I put the baby gate in front so he can't reach it. He is one of those that I feel would bolt in fear and he'd be gone.
     

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