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Willie The Labradoodle's Big Adventure(s)

My house has a well-fenced back yard that has been Willie the Labradoodle's playground during the four years I've been his human.  and suddenly, he has become a little escape artist.

A couple of times in the past, he's gotten out and roamed around Crestwood, but he always returned to the call of the food dish.

Then the other day, I got a call from a lady saying she had my dog.  And she lived, not only four blocks away, but on the other side of 16th Street, one of the city's busiest traffic corridors.

He'd lnly been out for 15 minutes, and I had no idea he had gone. 


When I went to pick him up, his rescuer told me that she had been at a flea market at one of the churches in 16th.  She saw him standing at the corner curb with cars whizzing by.  Then the light turned green and he crossed the street with the light!

Then, a couple of days later, a friend let him out back and watched him scoot toward a little indentation under the gate.  Just like that!  Here the picture he took with his cell phone of the ride home after the big chase!

I think we've plugged his escape route with sand bags.  And I'm now sitting on the back verandah with my computer to keep an eye on him. 

And you know?  I've been thinking about what a bore it has to be for a dog to have a human companion who is a Type-A real estate broker. 

Sorry, Willie!  I'll do better!

Comment balloon 26 commentsPatricia Kennedy • August 29 2010 11:03PM



Yo just got tobe more accomodating, as you doggie may decide to change the owner. Considering the times, thisis not really a stretch

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) about 10 years ago

Pat, He looks exhausted but just to let you know, he's already plotting his next escape! It seems once they get out, they want to do it more often.

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Jon, he likes the food here, so he does keep coming back.

and Wanda, I'm afraid you're right!  He's getting a taste for it.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Willie should meet Muffin. She's my escape artist! She's a mini Dachshund and has been known to give me a merry run when I've trusted her too much! Funny story, Pat, when I was a kid. My Beagle, Cocoa, used to run off and head to the Town Hall steps. The dog officer would call my mother and say, "I'd look the other way, but your dog is sitting right on the Town Hall steps!" lol -- Gotta love these companions! Btw, I recently learned there are special "dog panel" extensions that can be added to fences.

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Sells Real Estate! (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 10 years ago


Who ever called dogs dumb animals never lived with one!

We'd been living in our lake house for four years when we found out that every decent school day our Irish setter would let himself out until just before the kids got home. Seems he couldn't let himself in so he'd trained the retired couple to the north of us and the octogenarian lady to the south to come over and let him back in. We'd never have known except we had to replace the storm door and he couldn't open it, so the neighbors came over worried about him.

Small towns are allot safer, you'd better fix the fence.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 10 years ago

Naughtly Willie, but what a clever dog, waiting for the light to change.  So glad you found him.  I wonder what he will think of next.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 10 years ago

Glad you found Willie.....Rocky's legs don't move too quickly....he's easy to find....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) about 10 years ago

Willie wants to explore the City, he is just not waiting for you to go with him. Thank goodness you obviously have good tags on him.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Pat - I remember those days and thankfully with age mine have stopped doing it, I guess they're too tired and/or lazy. 

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) about 10 years ago

Pat - I can't believe Willie would escape from his life of luxury with you!  What is he thinking??

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) about 10 years ago


It's amazing how fast and far they can get.  Thank goodness, my little Shit-zhu seems to like following me around.   We need to work on the fence though!  

We did find someone's dog a few years back and the owners were SHOCKED at how far the dog had gone... following Nancy Creek, so not an obvious human trail, but the dog was easily a mile from home, but on a great exploring expedition from the dog's point of view.

Glad they are safe and sound.

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

Since we moved to Austin, Oscar has gotten out a few times. My husband always blames me. Then, a couple of weeks ago, he was in the front yard with Alyssa and I hear, "Wait inside and I'll be right back." He saw Oscar down the street!  Who let him out?? It wasn't me!!

Not sure why dogs think life is better on the other side of the fence as they should know who feeds them, but with all the construction around, I'm sure he's finding lots of interesting foods in and around the dumpsters.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

Uh oh, Willie looks like he is having the time of his life! Maybe he needs to get out a little more with his human?

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA about 10 years ago

Pat - My son also lives on 16th Street (The Envoy) so I know how busy it is! How did he ever learn to cross with a green light??? That one is interesting!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 10 years ago

Willie is super adorable and OBVIOUSLY has a sense of adventure!  Good thing he was found so quickly and that you have taken precautions to prevent his wanderings again.  He is TOO cute to sneak out again!  I have the same here although mine will JUMP the fence soon - trying to prepare for that.

Wake Forest NC House Chick

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) about 10 years ago

Pat, I remember reading a website that my adolescent dog needs two 20 minute walks a day to stay well socialized and  

I'm trying really hard but it sort of has the same impetus as when the doctor told me that I had high cholesterol and needed to lose weight, exercise, and eat more fiber.

Preach it, sister, but I don't see it happening.


Posted by Heather Oberhau, Bucks County Real Estate, e-PRO (Prudential Fox & Roach) about 10 years ago

Where will Willie show up next?Maybe you should put a sign on him advertising your RE business.

Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) about 10 years ago


What a cute story.  I recently lost my beloved Gretta,(a dachshund)  my husband hit her with the car.  We were all heartbroken.  Now we got Spotty from the pound.  She is so full of energy and love. She can jump our 6 foot fence.  I can't easily say spotty,so I have to call her Sparky.  It is easier for my tongue.  I love life with animals.


Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) about 10 years ago

Maybe Willie needs that Baby Gate from the house that you got stuck in LOL

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty) about 10 years ago

Looks like Willie needs a few play dates!  Pehaps Willie needs a dog companion since the human companion is soooo busy... this is a hint directly from Willie ;)

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 10 years ago

Hi Pat... Willie sure looks pretty handsome in this pic!  He also looks pretty proud that he had an adventure... I'd keep an eye on him!  :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago

Pat....Willie is very happy to have you as his human (never heard that phrase before...LOVE it!) and while is is testing your patience with the escape act, he's equally happy when you come rescue him.

Hope you have his escape path blocked....I'd hate to hear a story without such a happy ending....

And to my beloved Greyhound, Nero, I was not "his Human," I was just DAD!

Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale ( |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) about 10 years ago

Pat, Willie needs a job. That's all there is to it. Big relief he didn't get hurt. I agree with Heather, they need walks. I am guilty of that too though. Now that Duncan is an old man we let him walk around the property, not a meaningful walk on a leash. But you can't trust him alone, he will walk down the front yard and right down the street. Bad thing.

His favorite place to go is full of cows for a few more months. That is frustrating for him to be sure.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 10 years ago

Dogs will always be back home around  diner time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*L*

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) about 10 years ago

Dogs will always be back home around  diner time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*L*

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) about 10 years ago

Thank heavens he crossed the street carefully. We dog-sat a little guy for a while that could actually climb over our 6-foot chain link fence. He decided that he didn't really want to play nice with our own two dogs and would just scale the fence and be gone. It was a loooong two weeks. I was terrified he'd get out when we weren't looking!

Posted by Gabrielle Nemes, 206.300.8421, S King & Pierce County RE Advocate (RE/MAX Realty South) about 10 years ago