I saw an old black dog in their yard,
Knowledgeable of the world,
Kids played, he stayed,
A new black/white pup was added,
But then he and pup were gone.
I saw you playing alone in their yard,
I saw you playing in the road,
I took you back home,
I saw you, I saw you, but then you were gone.
Now there were two, neither of them looked like you,
I saw them playing in the yard,
Odd wireless confined play,
I saw them playing in the road,
I saw them, I saw them, but then they were gone.
Teary eyed youth, I heard ask,
Had I seen them, had they passed by?
But they were gone.
I feel very sorry for the family. I feel very sorry for the dogs. This is inspired by their very recent disappearance, but as a kid on the school bus there was a family on the route that often had a new pup, but never an old dog.
Wireless or real fences or leashed/lines are management tools and if that’s all that’s keeping the dog confined, close and catch-able a management failure is almost unavoidable. The dog (and I learned that the old dog was a rescue and always stayed close, until the addition of a younger pup, then gone) needs to have a good reason (think fun, positive, rewarding) to stay close, to come when called otherwise why not go break out and find better fun and more interesting smells.
I went outside with my guys and we played recall games with whistles today (otherwise I use voice or hand signal…I want it all). I want joyous, speedy and immediate and so I practice with great rewards for excellent returns. This is such an important thing that I usually spend brief fun sessions working on it specifically at least once monthly, and my guys aren’t young anymore (Max 10+ and Jazzie almost five).
Are you running after your dog instead of him running to you? Hope not.