Once again, they did it! All the dogs but Ali were on the deck, playing while I worked inside. After a time Max was asking to come in, and when I opened the door for them, only three trotted in, Max, China and Jazi. Lawdy, the tattle-tail was telling me again that his buddies, Joey and Sam were MIA!!
I whistled, and they were actually right here, standing on the handicap ramp waiting to come back in! I have looked and looked without finding their escape hatch. Everything is secure! I just don't get it!! It seems pretty obvious that they are getting out somewhere near the ramp, because that is where they try to return every time, but damn if I can find it!!
I had just finished the tasks I was doing in the house and planning to go out and do some yard work before it rains, but it looks like perhaps I need to spend some more time on the deck before they do it again and get really lost. Just what I needed!! I swear, those two will tax me beyond my ability to not throttle their precious, ornery, at-risk little necks!! Say a prayer for them!!! They may need it!
UPDATE!! After looking closely at the area around the presumed escape hatch, I discovered where I think they are getting out. I have a huge trash can for outside cleanup. It sits just inside the "secured" area. Behind the trash can were a few places that I had not stapled the security wire at the bottom. After all, they couldn't get back there, right?? HA!!! I found little doggie hairs hung on the wire where they squeezed between the pushed-up wire and the decking! It's stapled now!!!