This was the mentality my dog took when he jumped out of our second story bedroom window last Friday. I came home from work on Friday and was getting Isabella out of the car when I heard a familiar panting. I walked around the car and saw our beloved black lab Tucker. I stood there in complete confusion trying to figure out how he could have possibly gotten out of the house.
Scenario 1: Did he sneak back out when I came in from my run and I missed it?
No that couldnt have been it because I fed him after I came in and I remember him standing at my feet while I filled his water bowl.
Scenario 2: Did he sneak out when I was loading the kids in the car before I left?
Maybe, but how did I not notice him while putting the kids in the car, or while pulling out of the garage or even when I pulled back in at the end of the day. He is an 75lb dog so he would have been hard to miss. .
Scenario 3: Did he get out because someone had broken into the house?
No, when I went inside all the doors were closed and locked. Nothing in the house looked like it was out of place or missing. Well no more out of place than when we left (we have a 2 year old – everything is out of place).
At this point I”m completely stumped. Friday was the third day of the last four that I had gotten up at 4am to go for a run so I could quite possibly have missed him run out of the house. Then I went upstairs to put in some laundry. With two kids under three and two parents who workout daily we have a lot of laundry. It was then I noticed the drapes in our room blowing. I walked over to the window and sure enough Tuck had pulled the screen off the track and jumped out of the window. At this point sheer panic sets in. Why in the world would he do such a dare devil, crazy thing. Tucker is a rescue so he is not one for trying new things without mommy there. Of course at this point I’m so worried and completely stressed out that he has injured something. I’m feeling so guilty that my dog is jumping out of windows – I must be a terrible mother. I run downstair and inspect the escape route. Donavan and I notice there are droplets of blood on the ground. I begin to get nauseous and tell Donavan to inspect him because there is no way I’m going to be able to handle my baby seriously injured (I’m in trouble I know!). Don finds a cut just under his skin that must have been the source of the bleeding and caused from prying the screen.
I race over to the local vet emergency room. They take a look at him and determine that there is nothing broken. He doesn’t seem to have any internal bleeding. They give him a few staples on his chin and send me home with an antibiotic and some pain meds. Guilty mom syndrome sets in and I start wondering why would he have done such a crazy stunt. The only explanation I have is that there has been some construction going on at the lot in front of our house so he must have been trying to keep them away. I don’t know what he did that day (which is even more frightening). We are just so lucky that he did not seriously get injured, did not attack anyone or get picked up by animal control.
Tucker is doing well. He seems to be over all the soreness he had from jumping from the window to our concrete patio. He is still taking his medications for the next two days. I have been battling the idea of boarding all of our windows to prevent this from ever a happening again but decided we will just keep all windows closed when we are not in the house. Thanks to everyone for your support and kind words I cant tell you how much they helped that night!
ps – stay tuned from his super cool Halloween costume. (not shown in the picture below)