Yesterday my good friend @eeeemmmmm came over to help me bake a blueberry pie (irrelevant, yet delicious detail). While it was in the oven, we were catching up on my deck with B in the yard and all of the sudden, he just trotted over to the side gate, climbed it in a flash, and was off sprinting down the street. And the thing is that I live a half block from a very busy street and he is not pausing to look both ways before crossing. He generally sticks to our go-to running route, so the trick is catching up to him when he inevitably gets distracted to mark. This was the fourth time this happened last week. Unsupervised yard privileges are officially revoked.
I’ve fallen into some pretty intense and frightening Internet rabbit holes that suggest different things. Like that the cancer is affecting his brain and making him confused as to his surroundings. And it being a pre-death instinct to escape. I’ve also read that animals seek solitude to deal with pain as a biological reaction to not show weakness. I’m choosing ignorance and denial and making sure he gets all the walks to get his energy out and backyard supervision. I’m talking to his vet tomorrow to chat about putting him on the pain meds he hasn’t shown any signs of needing up until this point. Not quite sure what else I can do because the little guy can climb a chain link like a gd ladder.
Thanks for asking.