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Owner Catches Clever Dog Escaping Through Tiny Handle Hole in Fence

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Dogs are often more clever than we give them credit for. Along with those manipulative puppy eyes and their penchant for sneaking food off a table, some of them are regular Houdinis, as well.

Some dogs seem happy to stay in their yards and on their property and have no interest in escaping.

Other dogs live for the open road and fenceless fields, and will do everything in their power to break free from the chains that bind them.

There’s Buttermilk, for instance. Buttermilk is a beagle who surprised rescue staff with her climbing skills.

While she was being held at the shelter, she showed off her talent, finding toeholds in the wire in front of her kennel and hoisting herself to the top of the four-foot partition.

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She was caught red-handed, though, and you can almost see her trying to figure out how to explain her predicament as she stares into the camera.

As the person recording the video approaches Buttermilk, she launches from her perch and lands on the floor, squishing herself against the door and wagging feverishly in apparent doggy guilt.

People who have owned such wayward hounds know that feeling. Determined dogs will find a way over any fence, shimmying between close panels or finding footholds where there don’t seem to be any.

And it’s not just the hounds. This little pup from Queensland, Australia, is way ahead of his humans.

The fence and gate are both tall, and they’re made of wood panels, impossible for him to climb.

But there’s a nifty little handle cut out of the door, and the dog can just peek through if he hops up.


The dog’s owner was wondering how he kept getting out and did a perimeter check. Nothing was out of the ordinary, and the mystery remained.

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So, his owner decided to run an experiment: what would happen if he pretended to leave the house? Perhaps his pooch would give away the secret.

And he did. After a few hops, the dog manages to catch hold of the cut-out and heave himself up. He gets his head through the hole, and after turning his body this way and that, he is able to wriggle his shoulders through.

Once his shoulders are through, the rest is easy. He pushes off the wall for support, and lands, free, on the cement.

He must have known his owner was watching him because he looks quite pleased with himself. And why shouldn’t he be?

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking