A dog has to be Harry Houdini to escape from most homes in Seattle/Ballard

Our dog was able to sneak out the other day when workers were installing panels on our roof.  The people who found him were super kind to call us, but also were clearly annoyed that we allowed our dog to get out.  The reality is, a lab is a crafty breed of dog who wants to get out and roam.  And when you live in a house with 3 teens and chaos, the dog is going to get out once in awhile, and once a lab gets out ,they are heading for miles!  But for most dogs in our area, where most people live in high rise condos with elevators, it would take an act of Houdini for a dog to escape.  First, most dogs around us live with 20-somethings who live by themselves or with a partner, which means there is less chaos to create a diversion (our dog’s favorite way to escape is when a teen or worker leaves the door open :)).  Second, most condos are above the top floor, which means even if they get out the door, they have to learn how to open and operate an elevator.  Let’s see by some chance that dog pushes the right buttons with his nose, and escapes to the main floor, even then he is still within a secure building and would have to sneak out yet another open door.  Only then is he free.  So for many of the dogs around us, living in condos, any hopes of escaping are futile at best.  Condos are in some ways the penitentiaries of the dog world…  (NOTE: This is in now way a negative comment towards dogs living in condos, just that it was funny to be judged by a person who has no concept of how much easier to keep the dog penned in when you live in a condo with one roommate 🙂 ).

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A dog has to be Harry Houdini to escape from most homes in Seattle/Ballard

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