This is Why Bentley Stays on a Leash

I moved in the past few weeks. All the critters are getting settled in pretty well. The dogs, naturally, think it’s all a big adventure, especially since our new place is right up against the forest. And by “right up against”, I mean the trees are actually touching the house. It’s RIGHT there. That’s a perk for me as well. The forests here in the Pacific Northwest are one of the big reasons I love it so much here, so I was pretty excited as well.

pacific north west forest

The Pacific Northwest has the best forests.

In the chaos of moving, I have had a lot of trouble keeping track of items. The most important ones, of course, are pet related. The first thing I misplaced was their awesome spill-proof food and water bowls. Still haven’t found them. Next, I lost Bentley’s long leash. With Bentley’s shy pooping, that was a real difficult thing to lose, but at least I still had Quincy’s long leash…. until I lost that too.

So this last weekend was kind of set up for disaster. Bentley refuses to poop on a short leash, so after a couple days of no pooping, he won and I let him off leash.

Pug Pekingese Tibetan Spaniel

Oh so innocent. Riiight.

The edge of the woods starts with a little open space under the trees, surrounded by ferns and carpeted in Western Hemlock needles. A variety of stumps and burrows dot the landscape, and both dogs scurried around, excited at all the new smells. And Bentley finally pooped! I swooped in with doggy bags and high praise for the wonderful turd that he’d created. Quite a bit lighter on his feet, and giddy with the excitement of what a good boy he’d just been, Bentley began prancing and kicking up his heels around the clearing.

There’s not much that can stop Bentley when he gets into his happy goofy mood and starts bouncing around… not even a creek. At the edge of the clearing is a small creek, which even this pug-sized dog cleared with no problem. Probably because his legs are springs. I quickly ran after him and jumped over the creek as well. At which point I discovered that the other side of the creek isn’t the far bank so much as it is a bottomless pit of thick mud. Bentley was able to move around without much problem, weighing a mere 15 pounds. I, on the other hand, was sinking fast. The mud at least slowed Bentley down enough for me to grab him. I quickly turned back and tried to leap to safety, and more or less made it. The thick sticky mud, however, sucked my shoe clear off. On the far side of the creek, I stood with a muddy dog under one arm, my other arm outstretched for balance, standing on one foot, and trying not to gather any more mud or debris on my socked foot. All that was left of my missing shoe was a crater in the mud.

bottomless mud washington state forest

If you look closely, you can see the hole where my shoe disappeared

Since then, my shoe has been retrieved, the mud has been washed off Bentley and myself, and the leashes were found. We’re going to work on recall, and hopefully never lose his leash again!

20 Comments

  1. It's Dog or Nothing

    BOL! Sounds like what would happen if I ever let Mauja off leash. I can trust Atka, but Mauja likes to get into mischief.

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  2. I am always afraid something like that would happen. I still work on recall but I rarely let my dogs off leash. So glad you got your shoe back.

    Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.

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  3. Carleen

    I’m terrified to let my dogs off leash.

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  4. Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers)

    What a beautiful place to live. So glad the crisis was averted even if everyone was muddier for the experience. Enjoy exploring (on leash of course).

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    1. Ryan Jordan (Post author)

      Thanks! We love it. Our exploring led to another adventure, which I’ll be posting in the next week. lol

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  5. Robbi Hess

    Oh my gosh, so glad it all turned out well. Thankfully Henrietta has always been on a short leash and has been trained to potty no matter where we are or the terrain — I’ve taken several cross country road trips and this has been a lifesaver. What a cute pup!

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    1. Ryan Jordan (Post author)

      He’s getting better! His last owner didn’t have any clue how to potty train, and they caused his potty issues. I’ve had him about a year and a half now, and he’s come a long way. He still has his moments though, clearly. lol

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  6. Christine & Riley

    OMST!!! That had me laughing so hard. I am so sorry… at least he didn’t roll in a dead fish by the creek… So lucky to live by some place so beautiful!

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    1. Ryan Jordan (Post author)

      Not this time anyhow! haha I really am lucky to be here though. I’ll never get enough of the forest!

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  7. Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady

    UGH! I have often been so jealous of people who let their dogs offleash, and their dog stays right by their side! There is NO way that is happening with my huskies!!! BOL!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. Ryan Jordan (Post author)

      I think I would have to be dangling steaks in front of their noses for there to be ANY chance of them staying by my side like those well behaved dogs! I’m jealous too!

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  8. Val

    Oh, lovely mud! Once in a while I let Ted off the leash in the yard as he is obsessed with smelling the perimeter for any animal scents he can find and enjoys it immensely. He also enjoys any “treats” he can find, so I have to watch him like a hawk.

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    1. Ryan Jordan (Post author)

      “Treats” are an issue for us as well! I have an upcoming story about that, actually. lol I dream of having a fenced yard someday, and not having to worry about these adventures! 🙂

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  9. Carol Bryant

    Ryan, your stories crack me up. Gotta love, “Bentley refuses to poop on a short leash, so after a couple days of no pooping, he won and I let him off leash.”

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    1. Ryan Jordan (Post author)

      Good! 🙂 We have frequent “poop sieges”. Ben was abused at his last home for potty training issues, so he’s a little quirky still about pooping while he can be seen. It’s part of the silliness of my life now. lol

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  10. Rachel

    OH NO! What an adventure! I am glad everything turned out okay.

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  11. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    Sounds like you’ve got a beautiful setting to live in! And I’m sure the dogs love it too. Apparently Bentley loves it a little too much LOL! Glad he made his poop and that you got your shoe back!!

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  12. Mary @ Stale Cheerios

    uh oh! Sounds like a messy adventure, but glad you were able to get him.

    And, I’m glad you’ve found your leashes again.

    I absolutely love long leashes. Ginger is not reliable off leash, but I love taking her to the walking trail and letting her run around and explore on a 20 ft leash. It’s a great compromise, she gets to move around and have fun, but I still feel safe. She would definitely run off exploring and never come back if we let her off leash!

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  13. Sadie

    Wow, that is a beautiful place to be! Mud and all!

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  14. Ruth Cox

    Oh, my hound dog is just like your Bentley, must dive into the bushes to poop! But no way would I let him off leash to do it as he’d be gone for good. I know you can laugh now but I know it was not the least bit funny when it happened.

    Enjoy the forest!

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