Frankie’s quick thinking and great athletic ability have got him into and out of a number of scrapes over the years. But I’m very pleased that I didn’t witness his most recent ‘Great Escape’! Although if things had turned out differently I would be wishing I had.
What happened? Well, two weeks ago Fatima and I went on a road trip to Wellington to deliver two foster Greyhounds to their families. It was a good trip, everything went smoothly although we got back a bit later than I expected, well after dark. Frankie and Beryl had the run of the backyard and their lovely room in the flat to lounge around in.
What greeted me? This … although the photos were taken the next day after I’d spent some time the previous night cleaning up the worst of the mess
How did Frankie fare? Much better than the ranchslider!!!
It was worse than it looks in the photo but not bad enough for a Saturday night trip to the vet for a couple of staples. How on earth he smashed through that window without severing something I’ll never know. My guess is that one of the closer neighbours 15 cats came for a visit and he instantly decided it would be much quicker to go through the glass than the dog door. Of course he didn’t know what would happen if he did that, but he does now! He was very relieved to not be told off for making a big mess and didn’t even appear to have a sore head! Beryl was in a slight state of shock. I’ll also never know how neither of them cut their feet on the glass that was spread around inside and outside the flat. It was our lucky night I guess.
My initial thought was to get the glass replaced ASAP but on thinking about it overnight I decided not to. I’ve taken all the broken glass out and covered the gap with the same plastic as you can see outside the flat and it’s got a big red X over it! I thought it would be sensible to see if he does it again only the next time he’d just go through the plastic. So far so good. Needless to say, all the ranchsliders and ground level windows in the house are now festooned with stickers:)
Has anybody else got any ‘Great Escape’ stories?
Apologies for not getting round and catching up on blogs during the week as I hoped to do. I’m back at work after two months off shifting houses and I’ve been too tired at night to do more than check my emails. Work sucks, lol! Falling asleep on the couch after eating tea, in front of a TV that doesn’t even go yet is pretty pathetic:) Hopefully next week will be better after a couple of days of rest.
Although I’m not getting much rest as I’m not home much this weekend. This afternoon Beryl and I went and did some awareness raising and donation accepting for GAP for an hour at a supermarket about 45 minutes drive away. Tomorrow afternoon we’ve got a GAP walk about 45 minutes away.
This means I take Frankie for a walk on his own in the mornings so he isn’t left out. This morning we went to the forest so I could grab some pinecones and bring home. What did I find there but some sort of gin type trap on the ground!! Luckily (again!) I found it before Frankie and set it off. We hightailed it out of there in case there were any more around. I’ve seen possum traps and rat traps in there but the possum traps are up in the trees and both the possum traps and rat traps are enclosed so dogs and cats can’t get in them. This was different and quite capable of shattering the paw of a cat or dog. I was quite shaken up after finding this and when I got home I emailed a girlfriend who lives locally and walks her dogs in that area too. She has never seen anything like it and was going to make enquiries. I’ll have a quick look tomorrow morning and see if it’s still there and will bring it out if it is. There are quite a few people who walk their dogs in the forest and having things like that in there is bloody dangerous!
Right, I’m off to visit some friends. Have a great weekend everyone, take care and hug your dogs for me:)