This is an older photo because Mom didn't get a picture of yesterday's excitement.
So with the new water softener in place, Dad decided to drain the hot water heater by attaching a hose to it and running it out the basement door. Which led to me getting out, so Mom followed me as I did my usual tour round the house. But then I decided to sit for a long while behind the front shrubbery, so Mom got busy picking up pretty leaves. Next thing she knew, she saw me going into the next door neighbors' yard (on the other side of the wall in the picture), so she followed me, and tried to pick me up to come home. Well, I was super tricky, and got behind THEIR bushes. In the end it took my Dad giving me a chase, and Mom shaking the Party Mix bag, and then I ran home.
I got to wear my harness for the remainder of the day if ever I went on the deck. It makes me hunker down and not move much. I don't like it. They thought they could depend on me to stay pretty close to our house, but now they are not so sure I will do that.