My girl Pipet sits in her bowl chair every day and whenever I am not at home, it is (of course) right by the big front window where she can see the yard and all passer's by. When I first saw your post I thought I would hear a similar story to my own, I had no notion of a Basenji taking a leap from a high window, but of course without seeing where he was going Sonny surely smelled his way to what he wanted. I am so glad that his leap of faith was an adventure rather than a horror story!
Two year's ago while I sat in my chair on the other side of our living, Pipet was sunning herself in her window when a man walked by with a dog that for whatever reason, really got Pip into an instant high powered rush to get at him. She stood up and threw herself paws first at the window in a digging motion and her front legs went right through the glass!! Everyone with a Basenji knows how thin skinned and delicate they are, in this case I was instantly terrified she had torn her legs up in the now broken glass she had luckily jumped away from with a very loud YELP! as if to say HOLY S**T! WHAT HAVE I DONE!!!
As with Sonny, we somehow were afforded a miracle in that she had broken the glass so forcefully and quickly, and had come back away from it so, so fast….that she escaped also, without a scratch! I did however replace the glass with a much thicker pane and I also replaced the adjacent windows with the same thick glass. She had previously gone through the slightly opened window and torn a screen to get out and so I also placed a screw in the molding of the window sash so it can only be opened about 4 inches, no amount of pushing and or prodding will allow her to push open the window ever again.....you might consider the same application. Again, so glad Sonny is OK!!
It's been a week since I experienced a rather tramatic event with Sonny. I'm choosing to share the story here in hopes it might save someone else the same experience.. I just ask that anyone hold back their negative comments. There is nothing you can possible say that I haven't thought myself in the last week or intensify the guilt I'm still working past.
For the past 5 yrs when I go to work Sonny spends his days sitting in the sun on his own special chair by a bright sunny window in my kitchen. I live in a 2nd floor apartment. The chair is by the window. When I left work last Wednesday it was rather warm and I opened the apartment windows. I opened the one by Sonny's chair a small amount but it turns out it was too much. I got call at work that morning from a neighbor that Sonny had clawed through the screen and fallen out the 2nd floor window. He had survived the fall but was loose in the neighborhood. A wonderful neighbor who had come home moments after it happened took off on his bike looking for Sonny. Knowing the added danger Sonny was facing being blind & loose..By the grace of god he found Sonny 3 blocks away and carried Sonny home in his arms all the way on his bike..,it was the longest ride home from work in my life. All I could think was Sonny had survived the fall by some miracle but would be hit by a car. When I got home went went straight to vet and by everyone's amazement he came through the experience without a scratch.
I hold him extra tight everyday and thank god I still have him with me…