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    (While reviewing an adoption application for a very agile Border Collie, I come to the point where it talks about the adopter’s housing situation and fence.)

    Me: “I’m unfamiliar with a Cyclone Fence. Can you please tell me what that is made of?”

    Adopter: “It’s linked like a chain-linked fence.”

    Me: “Oh, okay! So you have a 5′ chain link fence then? And the dog will be left either in the home or yard with a doggie door while you are gone, right?”

    Adopter: “Yeah.”

    Me: “That sounds wonderful. I would just like to mention that you may want to keep the dog either in a crate or in a room of the house for the first week or so. Too many times we hear stories where people have their new dog outside unattended and the dog jumps the fence and runs away.”

    Adopter: “She can’t jump a 6′ fence.”

    Me: “So your fence is 6′, not 5′ like you put on the application?”

    Adopter: “No dog can jump my 10′ fence.”

    Me: “Sir, you fence was 6′ a moment ago.”

    Adopter: “Well, I don’t know. It’s taller than me! It’s like 14′ high!”

    Me: “Really, it doesn’t matter how tall your fence is. I am just saying that if you take the dog home and leave her unattended, she could get worried and climb your fence and get out. No one here wants her to get lost.”

    Adopter: “My fence is 16′ tall! No one can get over it!”

    Me: “Okay, sir.”

    Adopter: “I am going to sue you!”