Owner’s clever hack to stop mischievous dachshunds from escaping through fence
A weary owner of two Dachshunds discovered an ingenious hack that prevented the two tiny pups from slipping through the gaps in the patio fence on a holiday.
The mischievous dog duo caused trouble on a holiday when they tried to escape through the fence and follow a family walking another dog.
Their owner Helen Blakemore, from Norfolk, had no choice but to quickly come with a solution that to prevent and then saw an incredible opportunity using simple tools right there in the caravan.
Digging through her kitchen cutlery drawers, she found that a spoon and spatula worked brilliantly to use as a wedge to spot the naughty pups from escaping again, writes The Mirror.
The pair were on holiday with Helen and her two children, Oscar and Megan, at Tattershall Lakes, Lincolnshire, where the Dachshunds enjoyed watching dog walkers and ducks pass by their gates.
But Helen never thought that the pair would attempt such an escape as Maple, one, has broad shoulders and Dottie, three, is quite timid and not a leader.
Helen said: “Maple gets up to everything but Dottie doesn’t normally, but it was Dottie who escaped to follow a family walking a dog, then Maple squeezed through after her to follow.
“We never expected them to go off following another dog down the road. In the end we had my son and my daughter out there trying to catch them.
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“Maple came back to my daughter but Dottie just carried on running. Every time my daughter ran one way she would run the other way.”
Helen had already attached a blanket over one end of the gate but this wasn’t enough to stop them from disappearing.
She tried to wedge the cooking utensils through their jumpers but that didn’t work either.
In the end, Helen managed to thread them perfectly through their harnesses which proved to be good entertainment for the family.
“Dottie kept trying to turn around because she thought there was food on the spoon which was comical”, Helen added.
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"And every time she shook herself, she sounded like a one-piece marching band, because the spoon would hit her jacket and the fence.
“But at least it stopped them from getting back out again.”
When Helen shared her inspired hack in a Facebook group, users loved the “genius” idea.
Even though it started as a last-minute holiday hack to stop the dogs from disappearing, it may have started a trend for other dog owners to use.
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