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Tula Jumps the Fence

Tula Jumps the Fence

The other night I did what I usually do while cleaning, and tossed Dexter outside into the fenced yard. It’s fenced with five foot chain link on three sides, and a 4 1’2 foot stone retaining wall on the fourth. The only dog it hasn’t been able to hold is Tula, who we discovered could – and would – happily scale the wall if it meant she could get to where I was at. Thankfully, unless I’m outside the yard, Tula never bothers to try to escape, and she’s never allowed access to this part of the yard if I’m not at home and watching her.

When I finished up cleaning, I went to bring Dexter inside, only to discover an empty yard and no dog in sight. Dex was gone, and a search of our property (first stop – the pool and the pond, with my heart in my throat) didn’t find him. After twenty minutes, I drove up and down our road, and finally came back ready to start calling Animal Control, the newspaper and the shelters. Grabbing the phone, I heard a huffing sound coming from upstairs, and knew it had to be Dexter. He was on the front deck, on the verge of heatstroke and apparently quite happy to be back home again.

Dexter had obviously learned how to scale the retaining wall, a fact confirmed that very evening when I put him outside and watched him leap to the very top of the wall, soccer ball in his mouth. He proudly strolled up and down the wall’s edge, and came back to me quite happily when I called him. The little monster didn’t even need to grab himself a foothold on the way up – he just leaped vertically straight from the ground to the top of the wall. Since I am rather perversely proud of his ability – even if it does make my life twice as difficult – I had to snap a photo of him this morning, as he leaped the wall to retrieve the football that I absolutely positively did not toss up there.

Dexter scales the wall

Dexter scales the wall

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised – their Great Grandfather Felix could easily jump low fences, and what he couldn’t jump he’d climb (especially if there were ladies on the other side – like his son, Felix loved him some ladies). He was also quite happy to jump OUT of things, including once out of  a second story window after vaulting across Ryan’s back. Felix’s Grandmother was another fence climbing monkey dog, and back there further is a Great Great whatever who could climb low trees as well.

Flying Felix

Flying Felix

The implications of this for Luke and Leah’s litter is rather disconcerting. I’ve managed to combine our two resident circus dogs’ genes into one litter of puppies, and I’ve been eying them warily for the last few days, in case they start swinging from the light fixtures or climbing up trees.

7 replies
  1. Susan
    Susan says:

    I am très impressed. Are they really dogs, or aliens disguised as very, very cute dogs?

    Bacon can’t get himself on the COUCH. I think the problem is in his head, not his legs. If he can swim, he ought to be able to hoist himself onto a low sofa. Lazy butt.

  2. Hope
    Hope says:

    Great pictures – caught in the act!! I’m so looking forward to hearing about Leah’s antics – and seeing Luke in action!
    .-= Hope´s last blog ..Dog Days? =-.

    • frogdogz
      frogdogz says:

      I know – he no longer goes out unless I stand there and watch him like a hawk. On the weekend, Sean and his friend are going to run a higher wall across the face of the retaining wall.

      My heart was in my throat when I couldn’t find the little shit head, and believe me – I did NOT want to look in that pool, even though I doubted he could get over the five foot chain link fence around it.

      Poor Dex… his head is full of bricks.

  3. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    I’m not surprised Rumble jumps all the time, he flies off the stairs and can easily clear over 6ft. Not sure I want him jumping vertically though.

  4. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    HA! We have three frenchies. Our youngest has the amazing ability to CLIMB by using his upper body, neck, and stubbornness. I never knew that frenchies could do this! It is hilarious to watch, with all of the grunting and impatient snorting that happens while he is worming his way up. Gotta love the little freaks 🙂

  5. Susan
    Susan says:

    How is it that I am the only one who finds this remarkable? I’m looking at Felix’s rear feet, and Tula’s. They look like rabbit feet. That explains everything. You’ve spliced in rabbit DNA to enhance their jumping abilities. I’ve figured it out, haven’t I? That’s ok, it can be our little secret…

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