Post # 1
So FI came home from night shift this morning, and I was up getting ready to drive a couple hours for an appt. We had let Cookie (our dog) out for about half an hour so before I left I went to let her in, but she didn’t come when I called. I stuck my head out and our gate was open! There is no way this gate can open by itself, and we think the meter reader came and left it open. We’re checking into whether they actually did that today, then boy are they going to get an earful.
Turns out she was only a couple houses away in their yard, thank goodness. We live 2 blocks from a busy street…goodness knows what would’ve happened. Like…come on people, close the freaking gate when you leave. Common courtesy!? I’m gonna buy some locks to keep them out now, they’ll have to read the meters when we give them permission to.
Post # 3
I’m glad you found her before something serious happened
Post # 4
Thank goodness you got her back!
Post # 5
Oh wow, I am so happy you got her back and nothing bad happened. I would so go off if it was the meter man’s fault. Would probably be a good idea for a lock also because if anyone can just unhook it(like if it is right next to the sidewalk), I am sure there are kids out there that would think it would be fun to let someones dog out.
Post # 6
So glad you found her!! I would follow up for sure. This could’ve turned out much worse.
Post # 7
The guy who mows our grass does that!! I did the same thing one day…opened the back door into our fenced in yard, and out my pup went. Don’t you just want to yell, if you found it closed, close it when you leave!!!!!
Post # 8
i’m glad you found her! one time my Chi Mix got out when we only had her for a year… The mail man must have left the gate open when he came to put the mail… We ended up finding her at the pound the next morning 🙁 she was so scared. We had to pay a little over $250 to get her out. Thank god you found your doggie!
Post # 9
@MrsJVP: That’s terrible!
I called the city today and asked nicely if they had checked the meters, she said yes, and I explained what happened at that from now on there will be a lock on the gate. She said “well, the only problem with that is that now we can only estimate what your meter says”. No apologizing for putting my dog in danger, or nothing!
Post # 10
Im so glad that you found her safe and sound… Thats extremely rude though. Im glad your looking into it!!
Post # 11
I just wanted to chime in here – I always recommend checking your gate is closed before even letting the dog out. I do this whenever I’m dog sitting for someone (we don’t have a fenced in yard), or just helping a friend out with their dogs while I’m over.
The reason behind this – I had a friend this past year that had a repair person over. They let themselves in the backyard, and failed to close the gate when they left. Two of her dogs got one – one was brought home by a kind stranger, but the other was hit by a car just up the street. He sadly passed away from internal bleeding, at only 2-3 years old. The company refused to take responsibility (as you should be checking your own gate). So now, I always check.
Better to be safe than worry about losing a dog.