SOME DOGS ARE JUST GOOD ESCAPE ARTISTS

Boone - the beagle mix

This is the gate to my backyard. I was edging the beds in the front when I heard a familiar yip. That dog – named Boone – looking through the gate is a 5mo old sweet Beagle-mix that lives in the white house in the background. His house has a fenced yard just like my yard. When he first came to live with his new family, he was small and managed to squeeze under the wire part of the fence. We thought it would be temporary until he grew and could no longer squeeze under.

Well that’s not happening. Even though he now has long legs, he’s still able to “limbo” under the wire in no time flat. If I’m out in the back and he’s let out, he happily joins the Murph and me. Murph doesn’t like Boone in HIS yard at all! But my yard has new smells (chipmunks) and another big dog in a neighbor’s yard that he can play with. He started coming into my yard whether I was outside or not. So his teenaged family member has to jump the fence to retrieve him. I don’t mind him coming into the yard, but while he was at the gate, he tried to squeeze under it as well. That would be bad if he could get out in the open and in Beagle-style, follow his nose to who knows where. 

When the Dad came home, he began working on putting up a barricade, so I gave him some wire fencing I had in the garage for him to put on his side of the fence. Then he put in strategically placed small wood slats. So far it seems to be working. It’s amazing that a fence that keeps in “low rider Murph”, can’t keep in a long-legged Beagle.

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~ by Elaine Reese on 10/08/15.