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Old 11-20-2017, 06:28 PM
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Samantha gets loose in the woods...long

I've had bad afternoon. I took Sam out for her walk after lunch today. We were on the edge of the woods and she was on a 60' leash. She was about 30 feet out when a big bird maybe a turkey flew up right in front of her she dashed into woods after it but hit the end of the leash. Then she doubled back and the leash got caught in the briars. A mess I had to take it off my wrist to unwrap it and she exploded after the bird again. The end of the leash ripped past me so I took a dive into the briars to catch it but I missed by a couple inches. She was gone flat out flying through the stickers and briars like a grey ghost.

It's bow hunting season and the land is not posted so I was really worried that she might take after deer. The neighbors farm next door is woods and pasture with a bunch of barbed wire and electric fences. It's rough in the woods. I plowed through but it was slow going. I spotted her about half hour later but she was 3-400 yards away and running a fence line. I cut across a frozen swamp to cut her off but I just couldn't get through. I know better than to mess with the electric fences.

I had to go about half mile through the woods to get to the road. Then I went over to the second neighbor's farm. They have horses and I was pretty sure Sam would go there. I was worried that she might get to chasing them around.

It took me another half hour to get through the gates and across the first pasture. There were more briars between pastures. This is rough country. I finally found another gate into the back pasture. As I came over a hill I could see all six of the horses gathered in a tight group. I couldn't see Sam but she had to be close by. My boss was driving up the neighbor's driveway and saw Sam with the horses. He said she was just standing there walking side to side not bothering the horses but not letting them go either. He thought it was funny. So he just called her and she came running. He said she jumped through the electric fence never touching the wires. Then into the truck. I don't know how she cleared the fence wires, they are only about 18 inches apart.

It took me a bit to get through the gates but Sam was sitting in the truck like nothing happened. She licked my cheek as I got in.

How can you be mad at your dog when she does this?

It was my fault for not standing on the leash when I untangle it like this. Lesson learned.

I guess the herding training with sheep paid off. We didn't even complete that. Only about 8-10 lessons. Stock dogs just seem to have the instinct. Maybe we'll try it again in the spring. This is the first time she has been with horses and by herself.

Now on to getting all the stickers out of her.

Byron
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Old 11-21-2017, 08:26 AM
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Wow, what a harrowing journey for you, so glad you got her back!!
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Old 11-21-2017, 08:50 AM
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Now she came up limping on a front foot. It's like me playing sports, play fine , wake up the next day sore from head to foot.

We are on the way to the vet.

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What an adventure, sorry to hear she came up sore. Hopefully nothing major.
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Question What's the word from the vet?

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I'm another who hopes it's just a simple strain or sprain from overexertion, or a slip while running.

How many pounds of burrs, stick-tights, & twiglets came out of or off the leash, afterward? I'm sure there were enuf-seeds on Sam herself to reseed a half-acre in varied vegetation.

So glad U got her back - & that the neighbor has a sense of humor!
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Thanks all for the concerns.

Well, it was a successful trip to the vet. Sam is very well behaved at the vet. She sniffed the patient room then laid on the floor for a belly rub. The vet examined her and said she had just twisted or slightly over extended her foot. It doesn't appear serious. She said Sam may have also strained her back as she was a bit sensitive there. We got some pain pills.

Also the vet removed the remaining burrs and stickers. I had cut most of them out but there were a few that Sam just wouldn't hold still for me to cut out. Her coat is a bit tattered now but I'm not teasing her. We didn't go out in the field today just a short potty walk then she spent most of the day in her crate. We got out for a short walk in the afternoon and she is barely limping. She jumped up in the truck with no problem and went up the two flights of stairs at home easily tonight.

Ironically the neighbor invited me over for Thanksgiving dinner today. I won't say anything about messing with the horses unless asked.LOL

There were two poop bags of burrs and fur that I tossed in the garbage. The vet did a really nice job getting rid of the rest and didn't charge much. The vet hospital is really nice. They are open 7 days a week plus the emergency is 24 hours available. They are only about a quarter mile from us, so very handy.

Sam ate dinner as usual and is sprawled out next to me. She will be out for a couple hours then we'll go out for the night poop walk. It's only 25 deg so cold.

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Glad to hear it was nothing serious, hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
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Thumbs up thank heaven.

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all good news, whew! ... Glad to hear it. & def something to be thankful for!
Happy T-day,
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Today I gave her the pain med before we left for work. I thought she might just relax and rest. She did until noon them she wanted to go out. I took her out in the field again carefully watching her for problem. It was snowing pretty heavily and only in the teens. She had a good time running in the remains of the tall grass and brush. We did a few long recalls and other distance commands. She was full of energy. We finally came in and Sam shook off the snow then headed for her crate. I think her foot still hurts some but she is so athletic and full of energy that she disregards it. I let her take it easy on a short line for the late afternoon walk just before dark. She curled up next to me for the drive home. She is stretched out on the floor beside me now. We aren't going to play with toys tonight as I want her to rest. Tomorrow she will get out briefly when we go for dinner at the neighbor's. She will have to stay in her crate in the shop as the neighbor's dog is untrained and very dog aggressive. Sam is fine in her giant crate and I'll take her out a couple times.

I've got a nice hamburger and venison dinner for her when we get home.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! Drive carefully and safely.

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This is why I always put a gps dog tracker on my dogs its because of these kind of situations that makes it worth it you know because it helps me be at ease.
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