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You Wouldn’t Think This Tripod Is An Elevator-Riding Escape Artist, But He Is

You Wouldn’t Think This Tripod Is An Elevator-Riding Escape Artist, But He Is

Being a BarkPost writer is a real treat for a number of reasons, the best one being the office pups.

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Not only do I get to work with a bunch of great dogs, I can bring my own pal, Ricky, the three-legged Chihuahua, to work with me.

But recently, Ricky has been a little distracting. Not because he’s too needy or playful. For some reason, Ricky keeps disappearing.

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That means I have to stop working and go find him. Our office is located on one of several floors in a building in Manhattan, and Ricky has turned up in the stairwells, the security office, you name it.

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The building superintendent brought Ricky back to me on one occasion—but the super’s kind of used to our crazy dog lady lifestyle.

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Ricky’s officially the reason we find these notes on certain exits:

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More often than not, though, Ricky ends up on the 2nd floor of the building in the pharmacy.

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The pharmacy staff are real sports about it when they find Ricky digging into what’s apparently his favorite potted plant in the world.

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And they always bring him right back to me. But I don’t know how he gets down there in the first place. There’s no way for Ricky to get into the pharmacy without using the elevator.

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Given his short stature, I doubt Ricky managed to push the buttons all on his own. Did someone actually watch this three-legged Chihuahua get on and off the elevator and take it as normal doggie behavior?

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After a few Ricky disappearances, I realized that I only had myself to blame. As busy as we get in the pawffice, we always take the time to make sure the dogs come first.

Maybe I slipped a little. Maybe I ignored Ricky too much and he began to go out in search of a more consistent source of ruv. It’s possible he was even doing it just to get my attention.

Either way, I couldn’t afford to have him exploring our building anymore. There were too many scary possibilities, like what if he got nabbed by a stranger or somehow made it out of the building.

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I’m happy to say that Ricky’s disappearances have stopped, thanks to the vigilance of all my wonderful coworkers and lots and lots of obedience training when we go home. I started reinforcing the basics, like sit, stay, come. I also start each work day with a quick game of fetch, and then we have another game around lunch. Basically, I started reminding him how fun and rewarding it is to be around me.

I can’t tell Ricky “I’m sorry” for ignoring him in the past, but I can show him how much I love him now, and that’s managed to keep him on the BarkPost floor where he belongs.

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