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Houdini dog

January 30th, 2015

I love Inca. I just so love that dog.

We replaced an aging fence in the yard with a cinder block wall. It's lower than the fence, and we thought we designed it high enough to contain a Labrador, but low enough to not look like OCCC.

We were sort of wrong. It is high enough to keep Inca in, but it doesn't take into account her intelligence and determination.

Escape from Ako-traz

Escape from Ako-traz

We have been finding claw marks along the cinder indicating where she jumps repeatedly until she succeeds getting over the wall. It looks a little like a horror movie where people are clawing to get out of some creepy cell. Claus has been putting deterrents up but she just finds new spots on the wall to get out.

We have actually had to get creative to outsmart a dog. We know dogs don't like walking on grates (like sewer grates), so he was looking for some large wire mesh at the store (or hoping we know someone who has an old grate sitting around the yard). He put it horizontally in front of the wall.

The morning after doing this, he observed Inca. She ate her breakfast and then probably started planning her escape by going into the yard. There, she encountered the latest challenge to her freedom.

Claus said she actually sat down and stared at the mesh wire for about two minutes as if contemplating this new hurdle, and perhaps, brainstorming how to overcome it. Two minutes! What focus.

I imagined this in my head and laughed out loud. Inca. What a Houdini. We will have to work to stay on top of this because, while we might have a higher IQ and opposable thumbs, she has all the time in the world to sit around and plot her next move.

One Response to “Houdini dog”

  1. Pat:

    a family moved in across the street about 8 months ago with a bunch of dogs large and small. 1 is a medium sized black chow who's forever getting out, even with the gate locked. the fence is about 3 feet high with pickets. she jumps up and down to see what's happening over on the other side of the fence. then if it's interesting (I guess), the next thing you know, she's out. doesn't go anywhere - just walks a few houses either way of hers. we leave pretty early in the morning, so if she is out we put her back. in the beginning we didn't know her name so called her Houdini too, only to find out her name is Luna. now we call her Lunadini...

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