I wrote an adventure on the Forum on Wed., and I thought I clicked on "post message", but it has not appeared. Since I suffer greatly from CRS, I may have cancelled out the whole story or it is floating around forever in cyberspace. In any respect, I am redoing it. If the first story appears along with this one, just shake your head and think, "poor thing".
I told you in my last Adventure that we had installed the Invisible Fence in the front yard to keep Finn and Fiona from running off, and we have been practicing, getting them used to the boundaries so they know how far they can go before feeling the vibration and then the shock. It is just as difficult to work with one as it is with two because the one left in the house always tries and usually succeeds in getting by me and out the door. This time I decided to do the both of them at the same time and put on the 16 ft. training leashes and pulled them out the door onto the porch. They would not move, not a step and I let go of the leashes, walked around the yard and still nothing. I went to the mailbox at the end of the driveway, watching them the entire time - nothing, they didn't move. I was feeling good about them and decided to take Finn into the yard to see what he would do. Well, it was more pull him off the porch - he wasn't a willing participant in my experiment, but soon he was walking along beside me. We were going through the side gate into the backyard so I called Fiona to come down with us. She was very hesitant and jumped off the side of the porch going behind the shrubs next to the house and came out at the gate. I had planned to go into the house on my side of the house, but I forgot that I had locked that door. It would have been so nice to have ended our test at this point, but NOOOOOOOOOO.
I was feeling so proud of them that I decided to take the leashes off and walk back through the gate, across the front yard, up on the porch and through the front door. Well, as soon as I opened that gate, they blew by me, right through the Invisible Fence with no cry, no scream, not a peep from them as they ran side by side like one unit, across the street and up the hill to my neighbor's house. I grabbed their leashes, furious at myself for trusting them and ran to the neighbor's house. As soon as they saw me coming, they started running back to the street. At this point, a guy was jogging by and I yelled to him to grab them. At the same time, a car came along and stopped as the driver saw these two horses running right toward him. The jogger made a valiant effort to grab them and still maintain his balance, but if truth be told, he missed them by a mile. I did the only thing I could think of and that was to yell, "Chicken, who wants chicken?" Yes, that's right, I pulled out the big guns, and Finn and Fiona came hightailing it home as soon as they heard those magic words. I met them in the driveway and put their leashes on while they whined and cried because they knew they were going to get shocked as we crossed back into the yard. I didn't care, I showed them no mercy. I looked back to say thank you to the jogger and the driver, and they were both shaking their heads and laughing - funny for them, not for me. I have noticed that the jogger has not been back - I think he's chosen a less stressful neighborhood to run through.
It irked me that I had to give them a treat when they got in the house, but I want to make sure that they know that they will get the treat if they come when called. The Invisible Fence people are very nice and call to see how we are doing, and I tell them that we're NOT. They continue to send their trainers with helpful hints, and they assure me that they have many more ideas for Finn & Fiona, but I'm not sure. I figured out that they think the leash is what is causing them to get shocked, and as long as they have it on, they will not move from the porch. I let them think they are right about the leashes, and they don't move from the porch, but I don't care - I like them sitting like statues on the porch - like lions on the side of a driveway.
P.S. The shock value on their collars has been increased to as strong as it can go........but they tell me that they can make it even stronger if they have to!
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