Belle's back to her old tricks.
Yesterday she learned to move the baby gate that has kept two other German Shepherds on my front deck over the last ten years. Off she went to the neighbor's house, and when they called me to tell me and I went out on the deck to see, there she was, just coming back in the same hole that she'd opened. So now she sneaks out AND back in.
Had I not seen it--and had she not been soaking wet from running through the bushes in the rain while Murphy, who'd stayed on the deck like a good dog, was still bone dry, I'd never have known. And I can't believe that I just used Murphy's name and the words "good dog" in the same sentence.
And this morning, she got out of the pen again, and the crazy cat neighbor came over to let me know that Belle was in her yard chasing the cats around.
What am I going to do with this dog? No dog has ever breached the sacred baby gate before. It's time for me to really get serious with this girl before she gets lost or hurt. This is way past funny.
At least Murphy isn't following her out. He was on the deck too and apparently just watched her go. Good dog. Except for the whole "not keeping your woman under control and/or not snitching" thing.
EDITED to add: I blocked the baby gate with patio chairs to keep her from moving it and now I just caught Belle on top of the chairs in the act of using them to climb over the gate. She's nothing if not intuitive and persistent.