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The Great Monkey Escape

Added: Friday, April 11th 2014 at 4:38am by damnpamn


I've been watching the news about a monkey escaping from his enclosure in Kansas City and inviting 6 of his friends to come along - only 2 accepted his invitation though. {#flag.gif}   Happily all are back home now and no animals or people were hurt in the process.

It reminded me of a greyhound I had named Navjo Thunder. (yes that is how the owner spelled the name so no corrections please)  Thunder was a typical brindle greyhound who was from a  litter of dogs that could fly, but that is not what was memorable about him.

I was having a problem.  I would be letting dogs go outside for turnout and all of a sudden I would look down and I would have males and females comingling around me.  Most kennels, including this one, turned males and females out separately.  Then I would have to go into panic mode and start putting them up as fast as I could before a fight started.

The first time it happened I kicked myself in the rear because I thought I had not latched the gate properly to the girl's pen.  It is not an unknown occurance but I was usually much too careful about such things for it to happen.

Then it happened again.  I had every greyhound in my kennnel running around together happily getting to know the strangers in the other pen.  Generally this leads to much excitement from males who aren't used to having females so close and then the females start putting the males in their place and a huge fight can break out.  So once again I put them up as fast as I could and I wondered what in the world was going on with the pens.  I thought maybe the latch was broken at this point....but it wasn't.

Then one day I walked outside to latch the gate for the boys after I put them out.  I did this just in time to watch Thunder walk over to the girls pen and flip the latch up quicker than any burglar could do it.  The females had learned that he could do this and they were waiting at the gate to make a run for it and start the big party in the kennel.

I had to laugh.  I had never seen a dog do anything like that before.  I rushed to put them up again and from then on out I had an extra lock on each gate so that it was  Thunderproof.  It was quite comical to watch Thunder try to work the latch with that lock on it and I'm just glad he never tried to open the outside gate before I figured out what was going on.

That can lead to a whole another set of problems....much like the monkeys running around the zoo {#basic-tongue-out.gif}

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many animals watch their humans to learn....it's so facinating to watch the process. I've had a cat and dog as smart as any kid that wanted to get out the door, and sons old gelding horse must of been a locksmith in another life he is so amazing with them

They also locked up the people at the zoo in different areas for an hour while they corralled   the chimps...what a bummer of an afternoon!  lol   The granddog that I watch sometimes, the little Westie, lifts up the lock to his wire "playpen" with a paw, too, (he only does it during storms) but at least 20 or more of his closest buds don't escape with him like they do with your greyhound's escape scheme... ; )

56 of the critters running around willy nilly {#giggle.gif}

We had a sow that would do that every time she got out. She go thru the hog house flipping the hooks on all the doors and mixing everyone up. The bitch. *heh heh heh*

Animals have us trained in no time....

I saw that on the news boy smart guy. but scary at the same time. I guess those tree's will be removed.

Hahaha... what a great story!

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