We have neighbors who’re renting out the house next to us because the owner got orders elsewhere. Right before they moved in, they adopted a little dog named Judy. She’s an escape artist which, sure I can understand from time to time. But it’s partly their fault. They don’t want to fix/alter the fence since they’re renting, they insist on keeping her outside at all times (even when it’s above 30C/85F) and all that “keeps” her in is a chain on a spike in the middle of the yard. There’s no doghouse or anything.
Today (Saturday) I heard noises that sounded like a puppy. And I’m thinking “oh great, they got another dog”. And because I am a nosy bitch, I stuck my head out on the porch to see if I could see the kids playing in the backyard to give weight to my theory. What do I see? Judy, at the outside back corner of my fence (which is the opposite side that their house is one) surrounded by the lake.
She managed to pull her chain out of the ground, went off running, and got the spiral metal spike wrapped around a giant root in the lake. She was stuck and could not get loose. So I put on a pair of my husband’s old military boots which are huge on me but better protect my feet, went out wading in the lake since it was the only way to get to her, unwrapped it and brought her into my yard. We have fences taller than I am, so she should be alright until the owners get home.
I text the owner and let them know. She didn’t even ask if Judy was okay, just “how” since she was left on her chain and a “thank you”.