1. Oh this would make me crazy! We have cats and stupidly used to allow them outdoors. After one fight they are indoor cats. Dogs are different because you have to let them outside. What an ordeal you’ve been through!

    • Laurie Stone

      Cathy, It does make us crazy but we’ve learned to cope after all these years. We also have an old cat who hasn’t been outside since 2007 so that problem’s solved. Thanks for reading!

  2. Ginger lundeen

    We’ve had the invisible fence installed …it’s great !! The dog roams our yard and doesn’t leave …it was worth every penny we spent !

    • Laurie Stone

      Ginger, We’ve thought about that and may make the plunge someday. Good suggestion and other people I know swear by them. Thanks for reading!

  3. I love stories about dogs! We had runners, too, but with our current dog sweetheart, we all went through rigorous training and she is perfect now, much better behaved than any of the humans in or family. Except…she started visiting 1 neighbor. So I talked to my neighbor-friend, because I didn’t want to be “one of those” and she said, “no, it’s no problem, when we saw Oakley outside in your yard, we call her over and pet her and give her a treat.” Ok! You’re stuck with her I guess. Thanks for a great post. And applause for “pawshank”

  4. Laurie, you need to adopt dummer dogs. It’s obvious the canine members of your household are super smart and need input. 🙂 I don’t know . . . Maybe their own reality TV show?

    • Laurie Stone

      Diane, They’re obviously smarter than all of us! You’re right, before adopting next time there should be some sort of IQ test. The dumber the better.

  5. Yes. We were THOSE PEOPLE for years and years. This was when we had kids growing up at home with lots of activity and coming-and-going at our house. We even had a dog who got out and killed a neighbor’s cat (that was pretty awful). Now — we are two aging, retired adults who are at home pretty much all the time and who dote on a 13-year-old Shih Tzu who happens to have gone blind in the past year. She is our sweet baby, and we cater to her every whim — so, no, she does not get out and roam. I kind of miss the old days with the kids and their friends banging in and out of the house — letting the dogs out to tarnish our reputation and wreak havoc in the neighborhood.

    • Laurie Stone

      Carol, Thank God we’re not the only ones. So sorry about your dog and the neighbor’s cat. That would be difficult. Yes, since we only have one son living at home, I feel our AWOL problems have gone down a little. But you’re right. It was nice to have those busy, bustling days of long ago.

  6. We have a little black Lab mix that behaves for months, and then all of a sudden turns into an escapee. She has dug under the fence in so many places the whole perimeter has buried blocks to prevent her fleeing. She is almost 9 now, has been spayed since she was a puppy, so that isn’t the problem. No digging since last summer and now she’s practically levitating to get out. I don’t have an answer. I wish I did!

    • Laurie Stone

      Lisa, Sounds like the same deal as us. I laugh when I hear females don’t roam. They’re worse than the males! Good luck with your little black Lab. Maybe as she gets older, the urge will diminish.

  7. We lived on 2 acres of bushland for 20 yrs and our little jack russell cross found EVERY dip or crevice on the fence line. We chicken wired it so he couldn’t fit thru the gaps – then he’d go under. We ended up putting a stick thru his collar for a while to make him wider and stop him wriggling through. It drove us nuts but he was so proud of his ability to escape.

    • Laurie Stone

      Leanne, Terriers are the worst. They’re bred as hunting dogs to go over, under and through. That’s so funny about putting a stick through his collar! Hey, whatever works.

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