Loka our first dog made her Great Escape on Friday (one of many over the years). Ever since we got Loka from the pound in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, we have never been able to walk her off the leash. As soon as she gets comfortable with the area we are in and she gets of the leash, she runs away for several days. We of course did not find this out until we brought her home from the pound and we could not take her back (and we won’t take her back – she is a special dog!). On the leash and in the house she’s perfect (not crazy).
On Friday, Sophia took her outside to her dog house because she really, really had to go! After a bit, she started to bark. Loka’s bark is not a normal bark. We don’t even think she ever learned how to bark and she never started until Jack (our second dog) came into our lives. Loka’s bark sounds like you are scraping a cat over hot coals mixed with someone torturing a violin. The only time Loka truly barked was when we drove down the Ingraham trail in Yellowknife and a black bear crossed the road in front of us. She was at the front window barking madly and wanted that bear!!
Well, Sophia could not stand the sound of her ‘barking’ and decided to bring her and Jack back inside. As soon as she took her off her chain and directed her towards the stairs, Loka put one paw on the stairs and the next think we knew she was gone. There were many swear words following the Great Escape (one of Rob’s favourite movies). No amount of yelling, screaming, begging and cajoling will bring her back (we have given up even trying). She usually stands a bit away from you and gives you the look of ‘yeah right’ and ‘you can’t catch me‘ and then off she goes. She was out all night, most likely chasing arctic hares, eating caribou meat (people here store their meat outside in bags or boxes) and being a free dog. Rob found her Saturday at the side of our apartment curled up in the snow and brought her back home safe and sound. She spent most of yesterday on her dog bed, looking like she was getting over a doggy hangover. Of course early this morning, her cavorting around caught up with her (diarrhea, the caribou meat is very lean and can be rich) and she had to be let out twice, the second time being left outside in her dog house.
As her owners, we have come to realize that she needs her freedom and that there are days that she just needs to run around and explore! She was, we think a street dog in Yellowknife prior to us adopting her in 2006 and she is an extremely independent dog.
Today Sophia decided to take both dogs out to go skijoring and both dogs were not interested at all. They were more interested in sniffing around instead of pulling Sophia. When they came back to the house and while Sophia was taking her gear off, Loka made another Great Escape but with Jack this time. Jack did not last very long as she came back in 30 minutes but Loka is still out there!!- Rob and Sophia