Anyone who has adopted a rescue dog knows of the period of time when the dog is on his best behavior. With Landon, we know the honeymoon is officially over.
When the humans leave the house, we all stay in our crates for our own safety. Well, most of us do. Landon has developed a skill in exiting his crate.
When the humans arrived home Sunday afternoon, Landon happily greeted them with wagging, fluffy tail in the kitchen. Not the room where his crate is. And, obviously, not in his crate.
Behind him on the floor was a still sealed cake container, various kitchen equipment, and cornbread crumbles. The rest of The Herd patiently waited inside their crates inside the humans’ bedroom. Landon’s crate door was still closed, locked, and carabineer installed. He is not revealing exactly how he escaped, but his break-away collar was still inside the crate. The gate separating the bedroom from the rest of the house, however, had obviously been forced open.
Upon further inspection, the only item of concern was a missing bag. The bag contained numerous individual bags of candy typically given away on Halloween. We don’t have Halloween Trick-Or-Treaters, but the candy had been given to our humans to deliver to a program for challenged adults. Landon decided to intercept the bag.
Fortunately, the humans discovered the bags of candy were not eaten. Instead, they were hidden around the house. Individually. Upstairs and downstairs. In shoes. In couch cushions. Under pillows. Under dirty clothes. The bags were found in every room save two – one of the guest bedrooms and Hu-Dad’s study (the door was closed). The humans expect that they will continue to find hidden bags of candy for quite some time.
So we know that Landon feels quite at home at Chez Herd. Enough at home to get into mischief. The humans are so happy.