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Note to self: no whining, no slacking
Duchess, the Houdini Jack Russell Terrier

She escaped twice today. I got a call from Volvo of Winston-Salem, less than a mile from my house, saying she was in their parking lot. I retrieved her and began repairs to the fence line. Every time I find a spot where she has dug underneath, I place a pile of gravel to fill the space, cover it with cement mix, and wash it down with the hose. Eventually, the entire fence line will be cemented in place and, presumably, dig proof. After I was certain there were no leaks, I put her back in the yard with the two Goldens.

Within an hour, I got a call from a neighbor.

Neighbor: Is this Bruce?
Me: (Tentatively) Yeess.
Neighbor: Well, I have Duchess!
Me: You want to keep her?

Good thing we put her name and my name, address, and phone number on her tag like a responsible owner, huh? I told Allie if Duchess was so dissatisfied with us and continued to escape, maybe I should just take the tag off and let someone else keep her! It is time consuming and frustrating to be chasing her down every so often. I have spent more than one cold, miserable, and often wet, hour out there working on the fence line to make it more secure.

This time she found a place in the front corner of the lot where she could stand on a short piling and jump over the fence there because it was so much lower. Truth is, if she tried she could jump the 4 foot fence anyway. It will be the final irony if, after hours and hours of securing the fence, she just starts jumping over it.
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acey From: acey Date: April 28th, 2005 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww, what a cutie :)
I think our former cat Pixel has been reincarnated as your dog. We too were responsible owners and made her wear a tag with our name and phone number on it. We soon grew weary of answering the "We have your cat." calls from far and wide - the bakery (where they would feed her cream), the grocery store (where they gave her leftovers) and even the hairdressers where they swore that she actually used their toilet (!!).

The stupidest one we got was from a young woman who rented an apartment near us. She said our cat kept biting her. Oh dear. When Tim went to get the cat, she told him that "every time she let the cat into her apartment, it bit her ankle." Duhhhhhh. ;-)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: April 28th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
where they swore that she actually used their toilet (!!)

I've seen cat training kits where you put a litter dish on the toilet and eventually they are trained to go directly in the toilet and even to flush it.

Ha! Duh, is right. Then don't let the cat in, doof!
bd1 From: bd1 Date: April 28th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
You need one of those cast iron balls they used to put on prisoners.

Or you should remove her batteries.

Other than that, I'm at a loss. Keep her inside?
brknconfidents From: brknconfidents Date: April 28th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC) (Link)
What about a dog-sized hamster ball? That could be a fun project!
curious_corax From: curious_corax Date: April 28th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have a neighbor who had one border collie. Then he got another one. He quickly realized he could not leave them both inside the house when he went to work. He built a six foot cedar fence around one side of his house. The new dog ripped some boards off the fence and got out. I really doubt it would have any difference if screws had been used. She got out about six times, chasing cars and exploring before Roger started taking her to work with him.
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