My fear is that one day Ray will find a way out of our back garden.
Most of the fencing is 8 feet high which should be a good deterrent. There is 4 feet high fencing where some gates are and, as long as we make sure that there is nothing that he could use as a launching pad close by, we are confident that he would only try and get out under really desperate circumstances.
Down the side of our house is different however as, although there are gates at the back and at the front, the front gate only partially blocks access because of a cedar hedge alongside it. I have worked in that area numerous times, and forgotten to close the back gate on a few occasions, but Ray has always just wandered in and collapsed into his “supervising” position! He has shown no interest in trying to get to the front garden.
Today (Friday) was a new experience however. I was working down the side of the house, and Ray was chilling out in the back garden. He had come to check up on me a few times (the back gate was open), but always returned to the back garden.
Our neighbor was suddenly on the other side of the property line fencing and started talking to me about gardening as she slowly made her way to the front of her house. Ray has always liked this lady and so it should not have been a surprise (although it certainly was) to see him go flying past me as he headed for the front garden.
He went around the front gate; partially through the cedar edge, and was virtually in our front garden which has no fencing whatsoever!
Given his road sense (total lack of) and not knowing what his intentions were, I screamed at him! He stopped and looked at me. The neighbor, who had no idea of the drama in progress on our side, started talking again and hearing me shout Ray’s name started to call him.
Ray was clearly confused, and I suddenly realized that the neighbor was his goal, so I asked her to go back down the side of her house… and Ray dutifully matched her on our side. I then asked her to go into her back garden which she did, and Ray matched her position in our back garden at which point I quickly closed that gate! Sigh!
I must remember to either close that back gate when Ray is in the back garden, or make a barrier through the cedar hedge. I’ll just add it to the list of things to work on as a result of Ray moving in with us!
Being the “social butterfly” that he has become, is clearly giving us new challenges! 🙂