I felt the iPhone 6 vibrate in my pocket as I talked to my boss Diane at the Liverpool Public Library. Once, twice, three times it rang.
I ignored it, figuring I’d look to see the number come quitting time and discover yet another listing of one of the folks you don’t call back because they’ve earned a spot on the scammer’s list you can discover on Google.
But then came the one short vibrate signaling a voice message.
I snuck a peek and saw “Tim and Lorraine” on the screen.
Good Neighbor Tim. My next door neighbor.
Uh-oh. He doesn’t call me when I’m at work unless …
Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle was out in the backyard of the Little Bitty and couldn’t seem to get back onto the porch, the message said. And he was worried because of the incoming storm.
I told Diane I’d make up the time and piloted my Chevy Cruze toward the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood as fast as I could without drawing any unwanted attention on Onondaga Lake Parkway. I heard Ellie B crying as soon as I opened my car door.
Somehow she’d opened the French door after my dear wife Karen had left for work at SMG and gotten out on the porch. Must not have locked it, Karen said later. And then our beloved rescue mutt bent the metal plating I’d fasted over the bottom screen and worked her way through that hole and the screen.
She trashed the door, basically.
I was thankful she did not try to get back in that hole. She would have cut herself on the metal plate.
On Saturday we put up a new screen door, purchased from Lowe’s. It has a solid wood bottom. I borrowed some tools from Good Neighbor Tim to make the job easier.
The dog did not freak out about the new door as I figured she would.
No. Ellie B has been a bit skittish about going out in the backyard by herself, though, prefering the company of me or Karen when she needs to do her thing.
Have you had a pet who made a great escape artist, and if so, what were the routes? What kind of trouble has your pet gotten itself into? Do you think Ellie B will try to get out the new door, and if so, what will be her plan?