Chasing deer

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Registered: 06-27-2000
Chasing deer
Fri, 06-28-2013 - 8:51pm

Here' what I did yesterday:  The sweet little new girl, Brownie the MiniPin, detoured from her return to the back door (she was THIS CLOSE!) to escape under the fence and chase a young doe all over the neighborhood.  I went after her of course, and thought too late about bringing a leash with me.  I didn't want to lose her a day after adopting her and I could still hear her tag jingling.  The deer lost her and she was happy then to come running back to me.  Unfortunately, I was now exhausted (bad feet, remember) a quarter mile from home with no leash, with a short, 35 pound dog that I couldn't lead by the collar or carry.  Fortunately an old gentleman came out of his house to walk his little poof ball, and was kind enough to loan me a tie out.  He then directed me through the yards back to my neighborhood so I didn't have to walk all the way around.  Last night I was in agony with my feet, but they were usable again today with just moderate pain.

The fence gets fixed on Sunday and Miss MiniPin is in a harness and gets tied every time she goes out.  Sometimes I wonder why I keep doing this!


Oh say, can you see?

Visual Impairments


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Registered: 11-21-2001
Sat, 06-29-2013 - 12:38pm

The year after I got Cleo I went shopping one day and as I was bringing bags into the house I accidentally left the door to the garage slightly open.  When I was getting out another bag I saw Cleo out of the corner of my eye.  She proceeded to run down my looooooong steep driveway to the road below.  I was in flip flops and started to "run" after her...also without a leash.  Thankfully she took a turn at the bottom and began sniffing something, so I was able to grab her; but I had to walk her, bent over and clutching her she tried to squirm away....all the way up that driveway.  She's definitely a "flight risk"....even now....

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Registered: 11-23-2005
Sat, 06-29-2013 - 4:46pm

That happened to me but with 3 DOGS!!! I had all three dogs in my yard playing this one day, when Teddy (my mother's dog) decided to run off, so Peco and Poppy (my step-daughter's dog) figured why not follow.  All 3 run towards a highway that's right by my house.  Now how am I going to 3 dogs back and no leashes!!!???  I jumped into my car and raced down my driveway.  I see cars stopped all over my end of the street before the entrance of the highway, here comes Peco and Poppy running down the middle of the street and NO TEDDY!!!  Now I am praying (I am visualizing 3 dead dogs) he hasn't been hit by a car or cars.  Where is Teddy????  A car pulls up infront of me with Teddy in the car asking me is this your dog???  There is Teddy looking at me like from the front seat of the car, Look I made new friends!  GRRRRR.... I felt when I looked at him!  I got all three back in my car and back home safely.

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Registered: 11-01-1999
In reply to: glebou
Sat, 06-29-2013 - 11:43pm

Edgar and Prissy got out of the gate and managed to get only three houses down the street, where they entered the garage.  My neighbor called me before I noticed they were missing to tell me Edgar and some girl pug were in their garage.  She didn't know we had adopted a second pug.

Pugs don't dig.  Current pug residents take the fence boundaries for granted.  Jabaar is old and doesn't see well.  Anya is older and lazy.  Roo Ben can't run very fast.  None of them even tries to chase squirrels.

Now, when I have my daughter's three-year-old pug here, I worry about him.  He could really get away from me if he got out.

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Registered: 10-05-2000
Sun, 06-30-2013 - 12:07pm

Everybody knows Toy Fox Terriers cannot be trusted off a leash, that's why when we are walking they have to be on a leash - even if it's just to the mailbox. If they are within the confines of our fenced property they are loose but beyond that they have to be on  a leash. It's just the way it is.

Funny you mention chasing deer. Before we had our fence put up - once day I walked out the back door with Jack and Taz for a bathroom break and there were 3 huge bucks in our backyard. Without barking or uttering a sound little Taz (7 pounds) chased them off our property. I was about to have a cow worried they could turn around and kick her. I couldn't believe it! Then she came back to me quite proud ;-)

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Registered: 11-19-2001
Mon, 07-01-2013 - 7:27am
Oh Barbara - I'm so sorry! Your poor poor feet!! Dogs can be escape artists! And you're not used to a smaller sized dog. I'm glad your better now and getting that fence repaired!