Every day for the last seven years the first thing I do when I get home from school is let the dogs out into the yard. There has never been a problem with them getting out. NEVER!
Twice within a week I have been in the house doing – whatever – when I hear Kaeliegh out in the front yard. The first time all three of them were in the front yard. This SCARES me to death, because Kaeliegh is never aloud outside without a leash. She is from a sheltie rescue and no matter how much training I do, I can’t get her to come consistently when called. Therefore I will never be comfortable having her off a lead.
The first time it happened we figured the electric company came to read the meter and just forgot to close the gate back and latch it. Luckily all three of them were right outside and came right away when I called.
Yesterday afternoon I came home from school and let the dogs out. I was busy in the house making a lot of noise, running a food processor. I had been home nearly 45 minutes when I again hear Kaeliegh out in the front. I open the family room door, she runs in so scared but extremely happy to be back with me and inside. I went out to holler for the boys – they are NO WHERE! My heart sank. If one is out off lead they won’t go any where, but when they are together they are off.
I searched, hollered, frantically called Big Bear at work, doing anything I could think to do. I walked down towards the woods. Nothing. This has never happened. Bailey and Tucker have never been gone more than a few minutes. They have run down to the woods after deer, but they have always come back. This is the first time EVER they were G.O.N.E!
Finally I got in the car and drove up the road. Luckily I spotted them down a hill about a half mile away. I got out of the car and called them. They looked at me, looked at each other, and then came running – Thank God! I walked them back to the house. They were so happy, excited, and exhausted! After getting them in the house I walked back to my car that I left up the road. This was when the tears started. I know I am really lucky to find them in just over an hour. They could have been gone!
Now Big Bear and I are wondering what is going on. Is someone trying to set our dogs free? Is someone trying to get into our house? It can’t be the meter reader guy twice in less than a week. I do know that a pad lock went on our gate today. I can’t risk loosing my gang.
I also know that I am SO proud of Kaeliegh! I can’t believe she didn’t take off with the boys. She is a true homebody, Mama’s Girl as Big Bear calls her. Damn Straight! She is a Mama’s girl and I am Dang Proud also so very thankful.