Let me give you a little background on Murphy. Murphy is a 10 month old German Shepard/Golden Retriever mix who thinks he’s a lapdog even though he’s far too big for that at 60+ pounds. He’s a big mush and very loving! He’s also quite mischievous, stealing just about anything he can get through the electronic dog door into the pool area. I’ve found everything out there, from spoons, to food he’s taken from the pantry, to clothes and shoes. I once caught him trying to take a mop out through the door. If its not behind closed doors, its fair game for Murphy.
He’s also a bit of a Houdini. Our pool area is fenced in. When Murphy was much smaller, he figured out a way to squeeze through the fence. Mind you, this was no easy feat even when he was little. But then he would come straight away to the front door, and scratch at it to come back in. At one point, as he got bigger, he actually bent one of the fence rungs so he could get through and we had to replace it. But still, he never wandered away. Nowadays, he’s a pretty big boy and hasn’t pulled his “escaping” act in quite a while. Well today the streak ended…he bent another fence rung and followed some kids to school.
We live near the prep school my oldest son attends and there is a dorm right next to our house. I was doing the morning dishes when I looked out the kitchen window and noticed a big black dog who looked very much like our Murphy following some kids from the dorm near us. I ran outside quickly but he was gone. I called and whistled. I got in my car and drove around campus. Nothing. I took one of our other dogs (we have 3) into the woods where I run with them, looking for him. Again, nothing.
He’s never done anything like this before. He always comes when he’s called. I was starting to get nervous when I got a phone call from my son’s Spanish teacher. Apparently Murphy went to school today.
How embarrassing. Thankfully, my son’s teacher seemed to have a sense of humor.