All my friends stay up past midnight
Looking for the thing to fill the void
I don't go out much like I used to
Something about the strangers and the noise
~ “Sleeping with a Friend” by Neon Trees
As a follow up to Ebie’s adventures, I want to share what happened after I returned home. After letting her out of her crate, I opened the back door and encouraged her to go outside. She walked onto the deck and sat down, checking out the yard. I stood there, watching her for a few moments, then closed the door. Upon hearing the door close, Elizabeth looked back at the door, then walked into the yard. I quietly opened the door again and walked out onto the deck. Using my ninja skills, I crouched down behind the hot tub so Elizabeth couldn’t see me. She stopped walking toward the fenceline and looked around. She did NOT notice my hiding spot. With purpose, Ebie completely changed directions and trotted over to a different part of the fence. She paused again, and looked around. Then, to my surprise, she used her nose to nudge one slat of the fence. Sure enough, it shifted to the right, revealing a gap just large enough for Ebie to fit through.
I shouted her name and she jumped back. The fence slat swung back in place. See the pictures below.
After bringing Elizabeth back inside, I grabbed a hammer and a couple of nails, then did some sloppy handywork. She was very surprised the next time she attempted to break out of the yard.
I won this battle. Though, I seriously doubt the war is over.