Walking over the top of the stockade fencing was OK during the blizzard when Cocoa couldn't get back in her doghouse, but it's not acceptable any other time. She KNOWS she's not supposed to leave the backyard. Leaving the yard was not acceptable when we lived downstate, and it wasn't acceptable this afternoon when Steve caught her in the act.
We saw some of her tracks on the driveway in the fresh snow this morning. That was upsetting, but we knew we needed to catch her outside of the fence to reinforce the lesson. It didn't take long. Cocoa was halfway down the block when Steve arrived home from a short errand today. That little escape has earned her a good scolding and some time on the chain gang. It's unfortunate, but necessary, as we love her and certainly don't want her to get hit by a car.
Yes, Cocoa, head down. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Don't worry. The chain is attached to her pink collar. Her collar isn't tight, and she has plenty of length to move around back and forth in the area in front of her doghouse. We'll leave her on the chain gang for the next week, then see how she does with some freedom again. Hopefully, we'll also have some warmer temps soon. That should help to melt enough snow to make it impossible for her to get back over the fence.
In the meantime, click on the following link to hear her new theme song:
All is well in the Keweenaw.