My apartment in Manhattan was laid out like train cars. It had a small narrow living room in front, behind it was a tiny bedroom, and just behind that was the galley kitchen. The advantage to being on the ground floor was that we had a patch of open space beyond the kitchen, accessible by crawling out of a low window. The window was secured with a burglar gate.
We had no air conditioning, so one summer day, before leaving for work in the morning, I opened the kitchen window just a bit, so that my Samoyed would have the benefit of whatever breeze there might have been. The burglar gate was locked securely.
While I was gone, the dog squeezed himself out under the burglar gate and through the narrow gap between the open window and the sill. Not only did he find a way to get out of the backyard, but he proceeded to go around the corner to the hardware store, where I’m told he relieved himself. Fortunately, the owner of the hardware store was not only a very nice man, he was also my landlord. The dog was actually back in my apartment before I even returned home from work that day. My first clue of the adventure that took place in my absence was the tilted fish bowl and the scraps of white fur stuck in the burglar gate.
Like the Samoyed, the Chow dog has a mass of fur that makes him appear deceptively large. On July 11, 2013, a Chow in Brooklyn wiggled under a child guard, out a window, to find himself trapped on a second-story ledge. He was unable to wiggle back in to safety. Thanks to a patient New York Fire Department communications worker, the dog was rescued from his precarious perch.
The whole incident was caught on video by Brooklyn resident James Morgan, who was walking home when he noticed the dog stuck on the ledge.
VIDEO: FDNY rescues dog stuck on a Brooklyn window ledge (NY Daily News; July 13, 2013)
The chow was trapped outside a second-floor apartment in Carroll Gardens on Thursday, and an FDNY communications worker in a bucket truck was able to transport it to safety.