At the beginning of February, I had to take a day trip for work. It required me to be gone longer than I felt comfortable having the dogs cooped up for. So I requested the aid of a neighbor, who, thankfully, let them out and fed them their dinner.
The next morning, I felt bad locking River in her kennel after having her all cooped up for so long the day before. I mentally promised to make it up to her.
Usually during the day, I check my security camera feed to check in on the dogs. (It is how I know Bear and River love to howl). It also has some sensors and will send me a text whenever it detects loud sound or motion.
The day following my day trip, I kept getting alerts. I didn’t have time to check the security feed and determined Bear was just being extra loud that day.
When I finally got home after work, I was greeted by TWO dogs at the door! Stunned, I looked at River’s kennel and saw one of the doors completely open. I then realized I had forgotten to lock both doors (it has two). She probably got out a few minutes after I left her and enjoyed the entire day free as a bird.
I reviewed the footage from all the alerts she triggered that day. She spent most of the time sleeping on the couch.
Afterwards, I no longer felt bad about the long day locked up. After all, it was followed by her first full day of complete freedom.