The Great Escape

11 Feb

Bongo in front of the fence he jumpedSince I moved to my forever home I’ve been finding some great ways to escape. I shared a couple of those with you last week. Unfortunately, my person caught on to my tricks and I wasn’t able to use them anymore.

Then I came upon the ultimate escape trick – and it all happened by accident. If we’ve been friends for awhile you probably know that I am deathly afraid of thunder. Well, one day some of my person’s family were here visiting and they left me in the backyard – and it started to thunder.

I wanted to get far away from that thunder but I was stuck in the yard. I was desperate and willing to try anything. So I gave a run for, and I jumped. I was able to grab on to the top of the fence and pull myself over. I was free!

And since I knew I could do that now I started doing it sometimes just for fun. If I got bored, I jumped. Even a couple times when I was hanging out in the yard with my person. She was just sitting around, pulling out all my treats weeds. So I decided to give her some exercise – and over I went.


Person, I don’t want to tell them that?

What do you mean you won’t type this up for me if I don’t?

Okay. One time when I jumped the fence my person caught me before I got over, but all she could get hold of was my back leg. And I couldn’t pull myself over the fence because she was holding on to my leg. So we were in limbo. No way was I going to get off the fence and let my person win, and she wouldn’t let go of my leg. But I made one mistake in my calculations. I jumped onto the part of the fence that opens.

My person opened that gate, got in front of me, and pushed me backwards. No fair!

But there are no pictures of this so my person can’t prove it’s true.

Now my person won’t let me stay in the yard by myself, and if it’s thundering she won’t even let me outside without a leash on.

I’ve got to come up with a new escape plan.

Any ideas, anybody?

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30 responses to “The Great Escape

  1. kolytyi

    February 11, 2013 at 10:48 am

    What about digging a nice secret tunnel? But where comes this deep desire or instinct to escape from?

    • Bongo

      February 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Kolutyi, I tried that digging thing once, but the ground here is too hard most of the time. Except for rare days like today when we’ve had a little snow. I don’t know where the escape thing came from. It’s just something that’s in me. Someone called me Houdini once, but that can’t be because once I met a dog whose real name is Houdini, and the reason I got to meet him was because he had escaped from his yard.

  2. marina kanavaki

    February 11, 2013 at 11:13 am

    1. If you’re gonna escape be sure you know how to get back in [the safety of your home is worth much more than a moments pleasure!]
    2. if there’s thunder, you’re better off under a table, bed or a quiet corner, rather than out there where thunder could CHASE YOU UP!
    3. Use Scratchy as a step to jump over the fence – but don’t forget rule no one [know how to get back in]
    4. Make your person an accomplice to your escape… that’s a tricky one. You’ve got to lure her in [with a treat or something] so she thinks it’s a game!
    In any case, if you really want aunt Marina’s opinion, I’d stay in the warmth of my loving home, ok maybe sneaking in beds or sofas… but INSIDE!!!!

    • Bongo

      February 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Marina, I think you’re spoiling all my fun. I found that there’s two ways to get back in my house. I go meet some neighbors and they find my phone number on a tag attached to my collar and they call my person and she comes and takes me for a ride back home – or a walk if I didn’t go too far. If I don’t meet any neighbors I usually get bored after awhile and head back home. I know where the food is.

  3. angelswhisper2011

    February 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Bongo, I think I have the solution. You lay yourself down in the backyard, close your eyes and dream you can jump over the fence and do whatever you want to do in your feedom dream. When you open your eyes, you’re at home sound and safe and in my opinion, that’s better than to escape 🙂

    • Bongo

      February 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Angels Whisper and Little Binky, that might work as long as there’s no thunder. When the thunder comes I have to try to outrun it.

  4. colliesofthemeadow

    February 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Great story!!! I have a great idea for escaping…. dig under the fence! We tried that and collies are not diggers.. so dad buried railroad ties and old fence posts where we dug…. but dont tell your person and she will never know. heheeheh
    Your friend,

    • Bongo

      February 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Ginger, your dad is mean sometimes. How could he be so cruel as to bury stuff where you dig. I tried digging out once but the ground was so hard that I stopped and looked for another way out.

  5. Genevieve Petrillo

    February 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Stay in the yard, nicely, B. Next they’ll put barbed wire up there, and you’ll be banging a tin cup against the bars calling for the warden. Nobody loves naughty as much as I do, but that’s beyond naughty! Plus things could be scary out there without your mom.

    Love and licks,

    • Bongo

      February 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Cupcake, my person threatened that barbed wire thing, but I think she was afraid I’d cut myself on it. She just won’t let me go out alone anymore. I feel like a puppy who has to be taken care of all the time.

  6. Bailey

    February 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    If you like your forever home, escape may not be as great of an idea as you think. We thought about it in the early days, but once we realized the dangers of leaving, we’ve decided it isn’t so nice out there.

    • Bongo

      February 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Bailey, I always come back. But my person is so good at knowing what my tricks are that I haven’t been able to escape in a long time. I haven’t been able to figure out any new escape techniques. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  7. Gizmo

    February 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    You jumped over THAT fence? Momz & I are very impressed Bongo…sorry you got caught at it, but you know your person just wants to keep you safe

    • Bongo

      February 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks Gizmo. Jumping is one of my talents. When I go to the dog hotel they call me the happy jumping dog – but their fence is too high for me to jump over.

  8. philosophermouseofthehedge

    February 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Bongo – it’s Molly. They called me Air Molly because I can jump up so high – and I used to go over fences. I could clear the one here, but it’s more fun to stay – I didn’t like being on my own..there are bad people out there. (shiver). Still my people don’t trust me – don’t tell anyone, but I like being watched over.

    • Bongo

      February 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Molly, you should come hang out with me. I’ve only met nice neighbors around here. I even help my person meet new ones. But she still doesn’t like me escaping even though she benefits by meeting all those neighbors. Guess I’ve got to stick around for awhile too.

  9. dianeskitchentable

    February 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Bongo, I don’t know what to recommend because it sounds like you’ve tried all the best tricks around. I may be a plus size girl, but I make myself invisible then try to sneak out the front door when Diane opens it. She must have special eyesight though because she always catches me. Don’t know how she does it because I’m invisible.

    • Bongo

      February 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Lola, I think our people have sneaky tricks that we don’t know about. As soon as we figure them out we could be rich dogs.

  10. To Shea

    February 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Dear Bongo….Please dont escape from home. Your persons love you very much and when you do escape it makes them very upset. They might think that YOU do not love them. So PLEASE do not try to escape. Besides, if you do, w would miss you and we ALL love you very much…:-)
    A loving Woof Woof and Woof from Penny.
    Alex, and Penny

    • Bongo

      February 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Alex and Penny, I always come back. But I haven’t escaped in a long time. My person has caught on to all my tricks. Thanks for showing all your concern. I guess I couldn’t escape for good because I’d miss you too.

  11. Dalton

    February 12, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Hee hee I love the idea of you hanging on the top of the fence while your person is holding onto your legs! Maybe next time you go exploring in preparation for taking your person out (as I am sure this is what you are doing, and not being mischevious!) you should leave a note so she knows you will be back? Or take the small person with you!

    • Bongo

      February 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Dalton, I’d leave a note but I don’t think my person would read it. She’s too intent on chasing me down. And of course you’re right – I’m just out looking for new places we can go on walks.

  12. eripanwkevin

    February 12, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Woohoo! You are quite adventurous Bongo! I was imagining the scene of you and your person in that situation which made me giggle….hee hee…but if you could escape again, please do not go far away Bongo! We’ll miss you! 🙂

    • Bongo

      February 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks Kevin. I always come back. My person says she wishes she had a video of me on top of that fence. She thinks it’s hilarious too. I’m glad she doesn’t have a video or any pictures. It would be humiliating.

  13. Two French Bulldogs

    February 12, 2013 at 8:05 am

    ladder? a tunnel? than you can come and go as ypu please
    Benny & Lily

    • Bongo

      February 12, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      Benny & Lily, thanks for the ideas. I could probably work on a tunnel now, the ground is soft for once because we had a little snow. Hey person, I need to go outside. I’ll just be around the corner where you can’t see me.

  14. Bzebza

    February 12, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    It would be great if you take part in my “The Ambiguity Of Fences” project.

    • Bongo

      February 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Bzebza, I’ll have to get my person to take a picture next time I jump over the fence instead of grabbing me.

  15. onebluedog

    February 13, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I don’t know about all this escape business…what if you lost your person forever? That would be terrible 😦 I say just stay in your yard and help your person pull weeds 🙂

    • Bongo

      February 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Remy, guess I could munch on a few of those weeds. I wish my person would only pull the ones that don’t taste good.


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