I woke up really late so I put my shoes on, used
the bathroom, and took the dogs out right away. Unfortunately, that
still wasn't fast enough because Tony had an accident next to the door
before I could open it for him. I let both of them out in the partially
fenced backyard and stepped back inside to clean up the mess and in the
couple of minutes it took me to do that, Dixie disappeared. I called
her and whistled and was quite surprised when Tony answered but she did
not (she's more obedient than he is). I started to walk around to the
front of the house and my neighbor brought her to me. He said that she
was down the street walking in heel to some strange guy but he
recognized her and grabbed her real quick before they got too far.
I knew that she wouldn't take off on me but I hadn't considered that
she obeys when called even if a stranger's doing the calling. And we were practicing her heel and come/sit yesterday so it's possible that someone saw us practicing and knew that she does it on command. I'm still a bit shaken up by it. I never thought of someone actually stealing my dog.