No matter how well a dog is treated, no matter how devoted they are to their humans, doesn’t it just seem like some dogs have wanderlust, a low boredom level?
It doesn’t mean that they have bad owners or are poorly trained. Even expensively trained, highly disciplined police dogs have been known to escape their handlers’ yards when no one was watching.
These dogs want to explore their neighborhood, their town, or in this story, a large part of the United States: “Dog lost in Colorado, found in Tennessee.”
Daisy, a two year old twelve pound Rat Terrier, dug her way under the fence to freedom at the home of Vonda Lundstrom in Aurora, Colorado. Seven months later Tracie Crass found her trotting down the street in Knoxville, Tennessee, 1300 miles away. When no one claimed her, she called the number on the rabies license. She reached Daisy’s veterinarian who referred her to Lundstrom.
A cell phone photo from Lundstrom showed that it was indeed Daisy. With the help of the Knoxville Animal Center, Daisy flew back to Colorado where they had a joyful reunion at the airport.
Lundstrom has filled in the hole under the fence, but it might not be enough to keep Daisy in now that she has had a seven-month odyssey of hitchhiking and flying across the country. Rat Terriers are intelligent, active dogs that love to dig and have little trouble escaping to freedom.
These little dogs were originally bred to dig out and kill rats. One Rat Terrier is reported to have killed over 2,501 rats in seven hours in a rat infested barn. They seem to be happiest working on farms getting rid of vermin.
Bringing in thousands of rats for Daisy’s amusement is not too practical. The best advice I have heard for overactive dogs like Daisy is to enroll them in agility training to exercise the mind as well as the body.