It's been well over a year since I last posted any adventures of F & F, and during this time we also adopted Buggy, a beautiful little girl schnoodle. Finn actually owns her ..truly. He takes her outside and if Buggy and Fiona are playing and he thinks it's too rough, he immediately goes after Fiona, growling and biting her until she stops. Buggy has been a wonderful addition to our house, and the 3 of them make up a great pack.
I had to have the Invisible Fence installed in the front yard because F & F were escaping as often as they could and running amok down the middle of our busy road and through the neighborhood. They learned that if they jumped up and hit the button on the back fence, the door would open. Finn also learned that the storm door would open if he jumped up and hit the handle just right. Both doors are now locked at all times. The yardman and his helper were forever leaving the back gate open and Finn & Fie just lived for the moment when the guys would leave. For them it was like going to Las Vegas - sometimes you win and sometimes you lose..but you keep trying.
When you have the fence installed, there is a lot of training that goes on for the dogs to learn their boundaries. On one such day, before the shock part was even turned on, I was going to take Finn out so that he could identify the vibration from the fence. Put on a 16 ft. leash and no halti collar and opened the front door - the problem being that Fiona took that moment to run out the door too. Finn immediately took off after her, as did I since I had the leash wrapped around my hand. Flew out the door and off the porch in mid air - my feet never touched one of the three steps to the walkway. I did land in the strip of Hosta plants that runs along the walkway and from there I rolled onto the front lawn, but TA DA!, I did not let go of that leash. I did, however, lay there yelling a VERY naughty word several times, and I'm sure that my neighbors were horrified.....I didn't care. Fiona, who ended up across the street in a neighbor's yard, came back immediately when I yelled "Treat".
I had the biggest bruise on my left side and limped into the house where I wanted to beat them, but I stayed very upbeat and praised her for coming back and they each got a good treat. Me, my right arm feels like it is a good 6 inches longer than my left from the wrapped leash, but I survived and, at least, the arm stayed in the socket.
Next time, another adventure of them breaking out through the Invisible Fence, but right now, Finn has to take his dog Buggy outside, and since the door is locked, I have to go open it.
Hi, Lauren - I have been wondering if you would ever write again, or if you had departed for Facebook. The posts on the forum have been much lighter since Facebook. I am laughing out loud in my... more
Lauren- I've so missed your stories-glad to hear the twoodles now throodles all get along and how sweet is finn to protect little Buggy. Hope your bruise is healing and am happy you didn't break... more