Saturday, May 14, 2011

Well, That Was Interesting...!

Finally got some rain Thursday! It was nice, but like most enjoyable things in just didn't last long enough!

In fact, it didn't even last long enough to fill up the bird bath! Still, the garden appreciated the free drink. I think the roses and other plants did as well!

I guess that Friday the 13th turned out to be bad luck for a lot of us! Actually, the trouble started late Thursday night when Blogger went down! Didn't come back up until late in the afternoon Friday! That's the reason for the lack of a post!

Things like that always make for an interesting day, don't you think?

Just to make up for the bad day, I found a really great story about a smart pet! I figured that you might all appreciate it!

Daring dog busts out of vet's office

Julia Moore
May 10, 2011
Mail Tribune

A canine Houdini who unlocked his kennel door at a local veterinarian's office confounded police by repeatedly tripping the clinic's burglar alarm last week before slipping away on a cross-country jaunt to the Talent hills.

Marsha Billeci feared Jack was at death's door last week when she brought her 6-year-old German shepherd on Monday to Dr. Shannon Sierra, a veterinarian at Best Friends Animal Hospital on West Main Street in Medford.

"We got him as a puppy," Billeci said. "He is like one of our 4-legged children."

Jack, suffering from a strange flu-like illness, was also exhibiting symptoms of pneumonia. Lethargic and declining to eat, Jack was hooked up to intravenous antibiotics. By Wednesday, he was perking up a little. But on Thursday morning, Billeci got the shocking call that Jack was missing.

"I went hysterical when I got the call," she said. "My concern was that he would lay down in a ditch and die."

Sierra said he and his staff were dumbfounded to find the big dog missing from his kennel that morning. They searched the clinic and found clear evidence that Jack's appetite was back. Four bags of food had been ripped open.

Sierra said he shut down the hospital and joined the full-scale search.

"Jack is a wonderful dog," Sierra said. "But he was so sick he could barely walk. Then, 72 hours later, he's on the lam."

The clinic's security company said police had been notified after motion detector alarms had been tripped at 10:30 p.m., 1:30 a.m. and again at 4:45 a.m., Billeci said.

Police had responded — at least to the first two alarms, she added.

"They saw a German shepherd running around inside the building. But they didn't see anything else," Billeci said.

But police didn't have the advantage of knowing they were dealing with an extraordinarily canny canine, Billeci said. Jack is very smart, very stubborn and very tall. And he learned long ago how to open cupboard doors, drawers and other locked spaces at her home and find his doggy treats, she said.

"He knows where his treats are," Billeci said. "He self-serves. He hooks his claw on the handle and pulls. He yanks super hard."

Sometime between 1:30 and 4:45 a.m., Jack managed to trip the dead bolt on the clinic's back door, pull down the lever handle, and push his way to freedom, Billeci said.

"You can see the claw marks," she said. "He worked that door."

Once Jack made his way out the door, the persistent pooch high-tailed it to the Talent hills, she said, in the general direction of Billeci's home. But he ended up at a stranger's house on Andrew Road, demanding entrance to the rural home located more than seven miles from the clinic, Billeci said.

"He tried to get in this woman's house," she said. "She called her son."

The woman's son tried to get Jack to "shoo," she said. "But he wouldn't leave."

They called animal control. Luckily Billeci had also contacted the shelter just minutes before, and she was quickly reunited with her runaway invalid, she said, adding Jack is still taking medicine, but resting comfortably on her living-room sofa.

"Everybody was wonderful," Billeci said. "He's quite a handful. But we enjoy him."

Sierra said Jack's recovery is "impressive." But added the wily woofer's adventures have resulted in new policy at the animal hospital.

"We now have individual locks on each cage," he said, adding the new measures should thwart the escape efforts of any critter without benefit of an opposable thumb.

Now, let's just hope that blogger decides to stay on the air for a while! That would be nice and would allow me to stay in touch with all my blogging friends!

Who's up for some coffee on the patio? I know I am...!


SciFiChick said...

WOW! What a dog! And here I thought mine was an escape artist...

HermitJim said...

Hey Sci...
You have to wonder who is thew smartest...the pets or the pet "owners"?

I'm thinking it's the pets!

Thanks for coming by this morning!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful story :-) :-) :-)

I had a dog like that once and the stories I can tell about her :-) :-)

Have a great day now!

Gorges Smythe said...

At least he didn't hot-wire a car and get in REAL trouble!

Sixbears said...

I'm still trying to figure out how my 20 pound dog can open my front door. When she wants to get in, she gets in.

Sometimes those critters are smarter than we give them credit for.

I'm glad her dog is fine as they do become part of the family.

Dizzy-Dick said...

We who live with and love animals as part of our family are always surprised at their intelligence and ability to do what we would think impossible for them.

Ben in Texas said...

Sounds like that dog is a lot smarter that Lassie by a long shot.

Glad it's ok.

HermitJim said...

Hey Christer...
Many of us have had pets that could do some impossible things!

Pretty smart most of the time, and they sure make some good friends!

Thanks, my friend, for coming by today!

Hey Gorges...
The scary part is, you have to wonder if he might have tried!

Good pet stories are hard to beat!

Thanks for dropping in today!

Hey SixBears...
You can bet that your dog will never do it while you're watching!

Simply amazing sometimes, aren't they?

My friend, I appreciate you coming by today!

Hey Dizzy...
I think they enjoy keeping us on our toes, don't you?

Certainly are a lot of entertainment!

Many thanks for coming over, Dick!

Hey Ben...
Probably was! Dogs are smart critters...but cats can be more mysterious!

Just have to love them all!

Thanks, buddy, for coming by today!

JoJo said...

What an amazing dog. Good story but I can imagine how worried everyone must have been. Glad they found him OK.
Yes the Blogger was a reall mess I had been having trouble trying to down load for most of 2 weeks then I finally get it and it goes down. comments were lost on I believe all blogs. Nice for them to fix it. :(
glad you got some rain we are warming up here its nice.

HermitJim said...

Hey JoJo...
I sure am glad you are getting warmer, sweetie! I know you are ready for some sun!

Maybe things will be OK with Blogger for a while!

Thanks, dear for coming by this morning!

TROUBLEnTX said...

had a siamese that sat at a closet door, n called all her kittens to come n let her show them how to open it, n proceeded to do just that when they all got there.

HermitJim said...

Hey Trouble...
Having a Siamese myself, this doesn't surprise me a bit!

Sometimes it's a bit scary just how smart they can be!

I really do appreciate you coming by today!