The dog next door has my heart scalded.
Now you should know by now that I like dogs, and the neighbour's dog is no exception. He's a lovely fella with a playful nature and I wish him no ill will.
The little fucker keeps appearing at the door here and smiling at me. If I ignore him, he jumps against the glass and as a result the door is pretty mucky. What he wants is a game with Penny. Penny likes him and the two of them have a great time chasing each other around the place until Penny gets tired and asks to come in again.
So far, no problem.
The problem arises from his nature. He is a wanderer and is not happy with just running around a more than adequate garden. Oh no. The little bollix has greater ambitions and wants to explore the world. So he has taken to breaking out of my place and going to explore the highways and byways, and Penny has taken to following him out of curiosity.
Penny is not a wanderer. I could probably leave the gate open all day and she would ignore it. She is quite happy where she is and until the neighbour's dog started teaching her bad habits it never crossed her mind to leave. On a couple of occasions now I have found the two of them not on the lane, but out on the main road. That is not on.
Our last dog Sandy was a wanderer. She was a beautiful dog with a very intelligent and affectionate nature but I used to have to spend my time blocking holes in the fences. My boundary consists of a mixture of bushes, trees, and wire netting, but from the Sandy days it also consists of many patches, bits of rusty iron, a bedstead or two and a lot of blood sweat and tears. There was an enormous sigh of relief when I discovered that Penny wasn't interested in doing any Great Escapes.
But now those days are back.
I'm back to crawling through bushes and nettles, back to reefing myself on brambles and back to patching holes in the fencing. Not only do I have to patch the exit holes but also the entrance holes so my task has doubled. To make matters worse the neighbour's dog is young and incredibly athletic so the higher I build the fence, the higher he jumps.
I am getting more than a little pissed off with that dog.