Sunday, September 30, 2012


Mumsie was so my fault. We've had an electric fence now for five years. The dogs have been great with I became complacent with the collars.

Today was a beautiful day...dogs were outside with us all day...planted some mums and came inside and realized Scruffy was still out. Called dog...looked in all usual places like under the deck. No Scruffy.

Realized as I had been stripping him this morning he didn't even have his flat ID. He is microchipped. John was looking in woods...have acres and acres behind our house. I got in the car and drove the neighborhood...Susan, Brian and my neighbor were all out, too. It was getting dark. Susan called me out of breath from running and said John found him. He barely saw him. He was in the woods very close to our house but out of the electric fence line. And he was ALL THE WAY IN a ground hog's hole. John said he never made a sound...he called response. He got right beside him and Scruffy kept digging and digging...only his tail was visible. The rest of him was in the hole. John pulled him out and got snapped at for his trouble.

He must have chased a groundhog right out of our yard. He actually had a 6 inch stick wedged in his mouth. I had bathed and brushed him out this morning...not a mat on the dog...tonight, he looked as above...dreadlocks, covered in burrs and muddy bright red paw pads and extremely angry we interrupted his fun.

I don't know how we ever found him. I took him out tonight on a leash and he was very respectful of the fence. We will be doing some retraining and won't be complacent about the collars.....dodged that bullet.

Hug your dogs!!!!

Mumsie who is probably covered in poison ivy along with the rest of the family.

Maybe Mango was in that hole? Watching over us, that one!!!


rottrover said...

Oh Scruffy!! Don't scare Mumsie like that!!!

-Bart and Ruby

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Scruffy.... that was really Naughty... butt very much UNDERSTANDABLE. I mean when we on on a MISSION... we are ON A MISSION.. and it is IMPAWSible to give up. RIGHT?

Ruby said...

Oh, MAN!!!! That is so scary!
Terriers.....always with the vermin chasin'!! I am SOOOOOO glad you found him, and glad he was a-ok!
I know Mango was watchin' out. Gave Scruffy a mission to do until John was able to find him. Kudos Big Guy.



Angus said...

How frightening. We are so so glad everyhting worked out well !

Bouncing Bertie said...

Scruffy, we you trying to give me a lesson in bad behaviour mate? You sure had your Mom scared. A word of advice. Naughtiness is all well and good but don't push it too far.
But what is a groundhog? They sound great fun, but I don't think we have them in the UK.
Toodle pip!

chicamom85 said...

Scruffy, you scared the tinkle out of me. Mommies don't like being scared like that, mine even cries so I try not to do that anymore. I am glad all is well. Please be careful.Loveys Sasha

Molly The Wally said...

Oh thank God you found Scruffy. The fates were smiling on you. Hope the poison ivy hasn't done too much damage to you and your family. Have a lovely Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Mango Momma said...

Oh Scruffer! Don't you know that mumsie's old ticker can't take scares like that? But now that you are safe, I have to say "well done." You are a true terrier and that is a wonderful thing. Get that rodent! I hope that you were pulled out by your tail like a proper terrier.

But enough adventures for now. Sounds like there is plenty of happy digging you can do right in your own garden.

Mango Momma

Asta said...

Deewest gwandniece,cousin,nephew Scwuffy,
Excellent tewwiew behaviow BUT. awe you nuts(nevew mind, that's a whetowical question)
Poow Mumsie must have lost a few haiws while teawing them out as well as tuwning gwey

DON't evew do that again!!!! and tell LACIE and STAN not to eithew. Thank dog angels wewe watching
Smoochie kisses
Asta and Mommi(who is hypew ventilating)

Gus said...

Dear Scruff: Well, as one terrierist to another, I echo the well done comment! But as a terrier who loves his muzzer, I think you had better give yours some TLC.

That said, call me next time you make a run for it! I'll distract 'em.


Jake of Florida said...

Like Gussie, we are conflicted between praising you for having so much terrier fun and giving your butt a big whooping for causing mumsie and everyone such panic!!! We're just glad your wirey tail was still visible because we have no idea how you'd actually get out of that hole without help!!!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Jake of Florida said...

Like Gussie, we are conflicted between praising you for having so much terrier fun and giving your butt a big whooping for causing mumsie and everyone such panic!!! We're just glad your wirey tail was still visible because we have no idea how you'd actually get out of that hole without help!!!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Mitch and Molly said...

OMG, what a close call! You were very naughty, Scruffy, and thank doG you were found!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Sam said...

Glad to hear your adventure had a happy ending!


Katie, Sparky, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie, Zeek & Mama Linda said...

Uncle Scruffy,
Hmmmmm, way to go man!!! Errrrr, ummmmmmm, don't be scaring Mumsie like that ever again! Plus, those woodchucks have HOOOOGE toofers and they can poke lots of holes in your face. One of Mama's hunting dogs got it by one when he was a pup, bloody mess. So how many baths have you had since your escape???
Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Sparky, Katie, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie & Zeek

Koobuss said...

My dear Scruffy,

Scruffy being Scruffy! You are a real terrier hero. What a guy! I am so impressed.

Lots of Koobuss Kisses,

Dear Mumsie,

Phew! What a relief! I can imagine what you've been through. Life with terriers is not easy. Hope that you have recovered from your trauma and are feeling better.

Sending hugs, smiles, and best wishes your way.

Koobie's Mom

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie said...

That certainly was a huge scare for poor Mumsie. W e are in awe you escaped and had such a good time Scruffy but it might be best you don't do that again.....ever.

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

George The Lad said...

OMG Scruffy, you are living up to your name!! so glad John found you, poor Mom giving her the worries like that. If you like digging that much maybe Mom can sort you out a digging place in your garden :)
Stay safe and Have a good week
George xxx

Reuben said...

Hi Scruffy, thank you so much for the helpful informations you gaved me about electric fences. I is so glad you is safe and sound at home now, I know your mama had a great worry for you! You knows, we used to has a feral cat hanging around our house; mama called him "Scruffy" because he was... well, scruffy. It is a very good name. My Gretchen, the one who always is running in the road and the woods and everywhere else, is a very stubborn and also not-smart kind of dog, and also Grandpa Man no has a great track record for dog trainings. I is going to does more research, but your helpful informations has been very useful!


pee S: I is following your bloggings now :)

Wyatt said...

We totally get that...but don't scare your mom!

Wyatt and Stanzie

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