We had some trees removed and others trimmed this week, and our 30 year old gate-post in the chain link fence evidently got broken. We were admiring the tree-work Wednesday afternoon when I noticed Eddie peeing on a bush?in the front yard. He ran back in the gate, which I closed behind him, then soon he was right back out front. That's when I realized the post was not stable and a little nudge caused the gate to open. Donald used some pavers to secure it and it seemed temporarily fine, especially as our dogs are not escapers. I saw Chipley several houses up the street, he came right back when called and zoomed back into the back yard. His first 'escape'!
Yesterday I cooked a huge turkey while the boys worshiped at the oven door, but Oh No, mom loaded the turkey into the car and drove away! We were about 10 minutes away when Donald realized he had forgotten his camera, so we turned around and came home to get it. Next door neighbors greeted us with "Are you missing a dog?" Seems we had barely driven away when Chipley wiggled out the gate. Fortunately he didn't try to follow us but went next door to visit. They thought he was the sweetest thing ever, and were just going to keep him in their yard till we got home (realizing that somehow he had already gotten out of our yard and if they put him back, he might escape again). Chip trotted right over to us and ran back into the house.
That broken gate is now tied with sturdy rope so no one will be exiting that way anytime soon! Chip may have been a stray, but I don't believe he will stray far from his new home.
Sure was glad the camera got forgotten and we came home. But if Chip had to escape with himself, I'm glad it was only to the house next door! Whew.