Dog Escape Artist Slips Out of His Home and the Shelterthe daily dish
To earn a nickname like "Houdini," a pet would probably have to make a habit of daring escapes, and that's precisely what occurred to this family dog. According to WTXF-TV, Rope the Australian Shepherd, tired of waiting to be reunited with his family, escaped from a Colorado Springs, Colo., animal shelter on his own.
The 5-year-old dog was caught on camera making a sneaky exit from the local Humane Society. Through perseverance, luck and a bit of finagling, Rope managed to escape his kennel and exit through two doors to make it to the outside world.
"He had to actually push down the handle, push the door open and walk out in both cases," Gretchen Pressley of the Humane Society told WTXF-TV. "He let himself out of the kennel room ... and let himself out of the building."
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After walking a mile and taking in the sights, Rope found Ashley Heister, who spotted him walking around her yard. Heister decided to take him in and dub him "Houdini." The dog's hijinks ended up on local news, catching the attention of Rope/Houdini's original family.
No surprise here, but Rope's escape from the shelter wasn't his first disappearing act. The Australian Shepherd slipped out of his home a few days before the Humane Society found him. The dog's family had been searching for the their pet when they caught the newscast. Rope's owners say the dog has been known to let himself in and out of the house if doors are left unlocked.
Rope and his family are now back together after a happy reunion. To ensure that Rope doesn't have another grand adventure, his owners are double-checking that all their doors are locked and that their slippery pooch is always being watched.
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