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Tennis, anyone?

Posted by laurie on August 1, 2013


This is one of my favorite pictures of Spenser. He loved to look outside, from wherever he happened to be. He escaped on many occasions and Phillip spent a good amount of time chasing him down in the woods. After he got out of our fenced yard a couple of times we put bricks down around the entire perimeter. That didn’t help so we put chicken wire around the entire perimeter. That didn’t help either so we put an Invisible Fence wire around the entire (outer) perimeter so that he couldn’t get close enough to the fence to escape. This was 100% successful for the several years he wore the collar whenever we weren’t home. Occasionally we could be more clever than Spenser.

12 Responses to “Tennis, anyone?”

  1. Karen S. said

    I remember reading about his adventures. Once they taste freedom they never forget it. When I’m trying to catch one of my dogs it’s a waking nightmare. Fortunately they are willing to track each other down.

  2. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    Spenser always looks deep in thought. He is making sure those tennis shoes aren’t going walking without him.

  3. Marci said

    Sounds like our Blazer. We used to call him Houdini. Luckily our neighbors knew us AND him very well. They brought him home MANY times when we weren’t fast enough to catch him.

  4. C Siding aka Generator-man said

    I’d spend 2-3 hours tracking him with the radio tracker I put on him. Some times I’d see a herd of deer running up ahead. When I did I’d know to go there because it him they were running from. Even though I was worried he’d get hit by a car I kind of enjoyed the chase and I was always happy because I knew he was having the time of his life. I miss my Mr. Man.

    • Susan in DE said

      Well, and then there was the adventure with the deer where both Spencer and Phillip got gored by antlers and needed medical attention (and then didn’t you find Spencer chewing on Phillip’s blood stained jeans a few days later? Eeewww!!).

      This is also one of my favorite photos of Mr. Man.

      • Sue ~ Barney , Jodi, & Huggy Bear's Mom said

        I remember that too Susan. That is a calendar worthy photo, a classic.

        My husband thought we had problems containing our crew until he read about Captain Sidings adventures!

        Mr. Man lives on in all of our hearts.

    • Karen S. said

      I always use one of my other dogs to track a runaway. I don’t have to tell them what to do, they just know. Usually it’s Daisy Mae that runs away and Blue tracks her down. It’s very touching because Daisy Mae is terrible to Blue, but Blue is such a kind and forgiving soul! I don’t enjoy the chase at all because there can be a lot of traffic around here.

      And you know what REALLY sucks? Trying to find a dog who is almost deaf.

      • Sue ~ Barney , Jodi, & Huggy Bear's Mom said

        Mine are nearly deaf when they want to be and when they are on the run, forget about calling them 🙂

  5. Susan Hann said

    My Marley is another Houdini dog. I adopted him 10 years ago. He was a stray and I’m sure he escaped from his previous owner (being an escape artist coupled with being a chewer, epileptic and garbage can raider, I’m sure they didn’t look hard for him). I have a wonderful fenced in yard that has contained beagles in the past but not Marley. He digs under, climbs over, climbs up trees and then jumps over – whatever it takes, he’s outta there! He wears a harness at all times which I now attach to a lead but you still need to check on him frequently because I’ve gone out to bring him in, only to find the harness attached to the lead with no Marley! How he gets out of that thing is a mystery. He is now at least 11 years old and still tries to escape, chews everything, raids the garbage, etc. He is a puppy that refuses to grow up but I love him dearly!

  6. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    I love the wistful look in Spencer’s eyes – just waiting for the chance to get away to freedom and RUN!

  7. monika said

    Aw. This is one of my favorite pictures of Spence. Thanks for posting, Laurie.

  8. Julie, JB & Cassie's Mum in England said

    JB loves looking out the window too, but his favourite position is laying down with his head sticking out the patio door when the weather’s warm enough. He loves watching the birds on the feeder and it’s also a good place to begin a stalk on pigeons on the lawn. We’re sure he used to be a panther in a former life; he can stand in one position and almost hold his breath for several minutes whilst the pigeon gets closer, then he springs forward to try and catch it. 9 years old and he still doesn’t understand they can fly away!!!! Cassie doesn’t have his patience, she runs straight out barking and spoils his stalk, much to his annoyance!

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