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Old 12-28-2012, 07:27 PM
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I'm SO freaking upset right now. Our Leila keeps running away!
It happens when I'm carrying something or have both my toddlers, or answer the door or something where I can't pay 100% attention to where she is. She slips out so secretly, it's ninja-like. You don't even notice it happened until a few minutes later when you notice she's not right next to you. I try to keep her in her crate but she cries and screams so loud, it's just unrealistic.
I don't understand why? I upped her food, I thought maybe she felt like she wasn't getting enough (even though she could drop some weight), I walk her more often and longer, she is spayed so it's not like she feels the need to have babies... what else is there?
I thought maybe it's because she didn't like having a new puppy in the house, but my husband reminded me that she started this before that.

Well she must have slipped out because I can't find her anywhere. Hubby came home for lunch, so I dragged my sick self outside and drove around for a few minutes looking for her, calling her name, shaking the treat can. No sign. I'm worried, she's not usually out this long. I've called around and notified everyone, I'm making posters now, just in case she doesn't come back. I can't have her out there in this cold for so long, I don't know what else to do, I'm really freaking out :,(
I keep going outside to call her, I'm going to look for an hour or two once hubby gets off work and I can take the car.
We had a foster who always ran away but she went to a home with a yard and a double gate thingie so they say she still hasn't escaped. I'm going to get one of those extra big baby gates so if she does escape, she's stuck on the porch.
I still want to know why though, so I can fulfil whatever need this is.

Does anyone have any experience with this?
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:49 PM
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Did you call the animal shelter and vets in the area. A long time ago, (before micro-chipping) my beagle got away. I called the rescue league and all the vets in the area and sure enough, I got a call that evening saying someone had her!!

When she gets out, does she just run, run, run? If so, there is no telling where she ends up! Or does she just kind of run around the yard and meander away?

I hope you get her back. I don't know where you live, but here in MA it is going to get real cold tonight!
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Oh my goodness! I really hope there will be an update from you soon! As for WHY? I really can't answer that. You need to get a gate for your porch/yard, so if she slips out, she'll still be confined. Hopefully she is microchipped. Will she let anyone pick her up? 2 of my 3 would run away! Good luck
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Yeah, going tonight to get the gate. We live in an apartment, but we're lucky to be upstairs and be at the far end, so a gate won't disrupt any of the other tennants.
She is microchipped, thank god! We've only had her for two months, but that first week you could tell she accepted us as her people. She was a shelter pup, so there's no telling what she's been through
I'm not sure. She likes to bark at strangers. I know that if I catch her trying to leave, and I say her name sternly, she gets really low to the ground, stops, and watches me till I pick her up.

Hubby gets home at 6 tonight, right now it's 1. I can't wait to take the car! I keep going outside to look. I'm so sick, but I'm going to take the bike in a few minutes once the neighbor comes over to watch my little ones.
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I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope you manage to find her. I'm glad she's microchipped. When I was little we had a chihuahua and a King Charles spaniel and they both ran away whenever they got the chance, which was on several occasions. Thankfully we always got them back. They loved us and always got really excited to see us when we got them back so I don't think it's anything personal, I think it's just a dog thing. They just want to look around...a grass is greener kind of thing. Dogs always like their walks, so they think 'hmm, I'll go for a walk' not 'I hate these people, I'm getting far away from them because they don't give me enough x or y' Obviously I could be wrong, but that's my thinking on it. One time when she escaped my King Charles spaniel went to the local school on sports day and ended up being petted by lots of children, every time after that she headed back towards the school. My Chi once I moved to the country could get out of the fence, gates, through gaps, there were too many places to stop her getting through...that or my parents didn't care. So she used to get out every now and then, then just come back and wait to be let back in the gate. She used to come with me in the car to primary school so when I started high school she used to escape and follow me down the road to my bus stop. Several times I had to take her back and miss the bus! I think it's just a natural canine urge. I hope you find her soon. My thoughts will be with you.
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so they think 'hmm, I'll go for a walk' not 'I hate these people, I'm getting far away from them because they don't give me enough x or y'

I actually laughed, thank you!
I'm not really happy to hear that other peoples dogs run away, but it does make me feel much better. I was worried I shouldn't be a pet owner or something
That's what I was more expecting to hear. Something like "well you shouldn't even have dogs then, give them up!" or something.
Thank you guys for being so wonderful and supportive. Going out on the bike now, she's finally here!
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I'm so sorry to hear this! I hope she comes back soon, I feel so bad! One time Lola ran home from the park during rush hour traffic and I couldn't catch her no Matter how fast I ran. Luckily she made it home and sat on the porch waiting. I literally cried for hours afterward, it was so traumatizing. Please keep us posted! Praying for her safe return.


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I sure hope that she is quickly found safe and sound.

You will want to work with both of them on boundary training. We can have our front door completely open and all three stand right at the threshold.

Let us know once she is back home!
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