Hi all, what a traumatic day. Dennis has discovered yet another escape route out of the garden - mostly they are made by a fox using our garden as a run thru. - he knows where they are thru smell - I only discover them when I see him disappear. To cut a long story short, he escaped within minutes of being let out for a wee, but was only gone for minutes, but there was a lot of clucking and swearing before he reappeared panting heavily. It turns out that he has discovered a fox run along the back of the gardens which leads into the home of some chickens which unusually had been let out with their owner whilst she gardened quietly. I'm gutted to say that he dived straight in, even in front of the lady and killed one of three and maimed a second. We have chickens ourselves, although penned, which he appears to take no notice of. Ironically, (he had escaped the night before and I could hear foxy noises), so had JUST returned home with a new length of wire to take the fence (presently from ground to 3.5ft high within the hedge, to 5ft high - he is jumping from vertical through a privet hedge, not being able to see the other side! Too late. The lady with the chooks tracked me down - (he had run appr. 100 yards down the road via the fox run), and whilst she was terribly understanding, I feel absolutely devastated. I have now reinforced the gaps to a level I never thought I would need to - this is a thick hedge! but am just terrified of letting him out again. The escape route he has is almost an impossibility. I can 'think dog' but this isn't an ordinary dog and I can't anticipate what this one might do next - I can't let this happen again. He was a preloved dog who had not had the best beginning and I am still trying to work thru some of his difficulties, but I just feel like giving up. I have never had an escapologist dog before - he currently lives with five other adults who would not dream of going out of my sight. He has adequate exercise but would love more, but makes it difficult for himself in being very unpredicatable around other dogs - unusual for the breed, and given the chance of a fox chase v ball session/treats/ etc. opts to disappear wherever he goes - tough if you're walking multiples though he is just the same alone. I've got him in a crate at present. We are both licking our wounds. Where do I go from here?