Searching for the Escaped Dog

This is why we needed an electronic fence

Running back to the house, I tell my wife what happened. Panic ensues: both of us imagine Taffy being hit by a car as she crosses the busy street right next to our house. Our fence was there primarily for pet containment, after all, so Taffy really didn't have any experience being on her own and wouldn't know what was dangerous and what wasn't.

Taffy's mug shot

Taffy's mug shot: doesn't she look guilty?

We can't both go searching for her because our daughter is sleeping upstairs in her crib, so my wife decides to drive around in her car and search for Taffy while I stay at the house and call the dog's name on the off chance she's still in the area. Dino, of course, stays inside where it's much easier to keep a dog safe.

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Luckily for us, Taffy didn't go far. Instead of following and crossing the busy road, she had walked across the lawn to go explore our neighborhood. That's why Dino had barked earlier — he saw her run by the front door! My wife was just around the corner in her car, about to leave the neighborhood, when I saw a shape trotting towards us from a nearby crescent. It was Taffy, finally responding to our calls. She was safe!

We decided then and there to get ourselves an Invisible Fence brand electronic fence system.