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The Great Houdini Redux

September 23, 2010

Some time ago I talked about how my dog, Shasta, was apparently the reincarnation of Houdini (hey, he said if there was a way to come back, he would… I guess he didn’t reason it’d be as a dog).  Somehow, she manages to find escape routes that we can’t even imagine or conceive.

I had mentioned that we had bought a large metal gate that screws into the wall in order to keep Shasta penned into the kitchen when we’re out for the day.  We chained up the cat door to keep her from waltzing through that.  Well, now she’s one-upped herself yet again.

She’s learned to open the gate.

I mean… she’s somehow figured out how to unlatch the gate and open it.  Which, of course, is impossible.  Except, somehow, for her, it’s not.  Dear Wife has come home three times this week to find the gate open and our happy little dog enjoying herself in rooms other than the kitchen.

So, this weekend we’ll be heading out to get some more chain and a small padlock.  We’ll be chaining and locking the gate closed from here out.  If she can figureout how to open that, then, frankly, she deserves to spend the day sleeping on the living room couch.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. BT's mama permalink
    September 23, 2010 10:02 am

    Of course, we don’t actually have a problem with her sleeping on the couch all day. Rather, it’s the days she decides to pull books of the shelves and mail off the table to chew that are the problem.

  2. September 23, 2010 10:42 pm

    Lololololol!!!! Yes, she will deserve a special treat for doing the impossible.

    That’s hilarious. I love this part: “Which, of course, is impossible. Except, somehow, for her, it’s not.”

    • September 24, 2010 8:50 am

      Well, I’m fairly sure that opening the gate requires the assistance of opposable thumbs. Which my dog noticeably lacks. My best guess is that she has opposable canines.

  3. September 24, 2010 10:55 pm

    You should really get that on video. Web cam that dog!

    • September 25, 2010 12:38 pm

      Ha… That would be something to see… I haven’t seen her open the gate, yet, but the catdoor was quite a sight.

  4. September 26, 2010 11:42 am

    Our cat opened doors all the time, a very clever and sly female, but still.

  5. September 26, 2010 1:55 pm

    This reminds me of the radiolab short on Fu Manchu (http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2010/jan/25/fu-manchu/) an orangutan that managed to get out. Make sure Shasta’s outside and away from your earbuds/computer/speakers/etc. if you listen to it.

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