Old Dog Looking for a New Home
It's not exactly what you think.:)
My Dad's dog (12 yro JRT) is apparently looking for a new home. By herself. A couple weeks ago she got out of the yard and took off for 4 days and was found 3-5 miles away, on the other side of a couple 4 lane roads. The week before that he took her to the lake with him and she jumped off the boat and was picked up at the gate to the parking lot. This was in a large marina, lots of docks, lots of boats. She did the same thing this weekend, except instead of being going to the gait, she was found at the water end of a dock. Everybody there knows who she is and where she lives, so the marina is still safe, unless she starts to swim for it. Home in suburbia is another story.
This is getting to be an unsettling trend. This dog NEVER left her yard in the past. One of those dogs who would stand at an open gait and not go through it. She has always been very happy at home, and only squeazed through the fence once as a puppy. And then came right back when I hit the ground going over the fence after her.
Last winter she started with arthritis in her shoulder. The vet said to limit her activity at the time, so Dad decided not to let her off leash EVER, even in her yard, since then. The rest of us let her "run" (she doesn't do much) when he's not home, which isn't often. She is no longer encouraged to play either. This is the only change I can think of in her routine in years.
Any reasons for this besides dementia? this is your basic, old, anxiety ridden JRT. Could her lack of turnout be responsible for this? Fixes? There is a lock on the gates now.
An interesting side note, after 4 days of roughing it with unrestricted activity, she came back sound as a dollar.:eek: Puppy PT? So of course, he won't let her continue moving.