Monday, April 30, 2007

Tehya's near miss....

This puppy is going to be the death of me. That is if she doesn't kill herself first. Besides the usual puppy antics which can be more than enough somedays, she has an amazing ability to get herself into trouble! Today was the first time she's almost offed herself though.

I had to go to town this morning, so I left her in a nice, safe pen with two other dogs who are also nice, safe boys. Tehya has spent many days hanging with Pacer and Chum since her arrival and always without incident.

Three hours later I get home and I can't see her. She's not in the pen, not coming when I call her, both highly unusual. Opened the first gate and discovered that little miss had wiggled her way under the gate. Apparently her skeleton is collapsible--it's a very small gap under that gate! The small pen she had got into is where I keep my dogsled. Tehya was laying under the brush bow. It looked like she was lounging there, but she wouldn't move and her eyes were a little wild, wilder than usual that is! Then I thought her collar was stuck on the brush bow of the sled, but taking it off did nothing. She still wouldn't move, not even turn her head.

I have no idea how she managed this and if I own dogs for another 100 years, it will probably never happen again. Tehya had got her head stuck in the bridle line on the sled. If she moved even a little bit, she couldn't breath! Fortunately, I have learned not to panic until after the doggy crisis is resolved and there is almost always a pocket knife handy around this place! I had to cut the line to set Tehya free.
I'll have to remember to redo that line before next winter. I'm not sure I could have handled a different outcome and I am very grateful she was smart enough to stay still! If it had happened to one of my more panicky dogs, this would have been a much sadder post.

Within a few minutes, Tehya was back outside and harassing Anvik. I was still shaking and looking for my bottle of Tequila!
She even went for a walk to the lake later in the afternoon. We were both very careful about avoiding the thinning near death experience a day is more than enough!


Khady Lynn said...

Holy Cow!! That is REALLY scary!

I'm so glad she is ok. She is such a cutie, I would sure hate for something bad to happen to her because she decided she needed a little adventure! I would have to say that "someone" is sure watching out for her!


Anonymous said...


Tehya must be a "test" for you ...

If you can raise her AND maintain your sanity - you "pass"!

That was a 'pop quiz' --- we'll give you a "A" today's class.

{{{Hugs}}} from Phred

dogsled_stacie said...

Oh wow, how the heck did she manage that?!?! Unbelievable!

LOL - this killed me though:
Apparently her skeleton is collapsible--it's a very small gap under that gate

It's amazing what they can accomplish when they want to eh?

Glad to hear you're alright, you little monkey! :)