After feeling so pleased yesterday that Blondie had returned, and was happily settled in the dog area with the other two, it seems like we are back to square one this morning.
I had some good advice from some of you on my previous post. I've also been posting on a long established dog forum, so am picking up some very useful tips.
Feeding time early last evening was a bit of a disaster. Mr A and I had a plan. We would let Megan into our garden and I would feed her, then Mr A would feed Blondie and Sammy in their area on the other side of the fence. I warned Mr A to hold the bowls up high as Sammy tends to jump and knock the bowls from your hand. I have managed to stop him doing this, so on reflection, I should have let Mr A feed Megan and I would feed the other two.
So, Megan...no problem. Mr A had the bowls knocked from his hands by Sammy, but there was no fighting between him and Blondie, so they managed to eat ok. We then put Megan back into the dog area. No problems. They settled down for the night without incident.
This morning, I had a better plan. It's important for me to find a way of feeding all three on my own, because when Mr A starts work, he won't be around to help (or hinder as the case may be!).
Sammy had his food up on the enclosed balcony. He is the only one of the three who will happily climb the balcony steps.
I fixed a chain to the bottom of the balcony steps and attached Megan's collar to this and she had her food there. This enabled me to feed Blondie away from the two of them, so she could eat without interference. It worked well. I took up the bowls, let Sammy out of the balcony and unchained Megan. The three of them then followed me to the gate to their area and they entered, with no problems.
However, an hour or so later I noticed that Blondie was gone. She is continuing to find escape routes.
So it's back to the drawing board again.