Spencer Good Boy
I studied my options. One was to climb over, the other was to try to climb around and the last choice was to go back the way we came. I really didn't want to turn around and go back the way we came. We were about 2/3 the way through the walk and the hard parts were behind us. I looked at scaling the steep slope to go around the mess but I couldn't completely see what I would be getting into that way. I really wanted to climb on top of the heap of branches and vines but this would not be possible with Spencer clipped to my left hip.
After much consideration I decided to quietly unhook Spencer's leash so we could navigate the obstacles separately. I took the high road on top of the stuff and as I predicted, Spencer chose to crawl below. I think it took him a while to realize he was off leash because at one point he stopped and was quiet. The vegetation was so thick I couldn't see him. I told him to keep going and he continued through to the other side, beating me of course. Once he emerged he was sure he was free and decided to begin surveying the landscape for something to hunt. I called him back to me but he stopped about ten feet away and turned around down the trail.
I walked calmly down the trail and noticed a different behavior in Spencer. He did as Roxy always does and only went so far and then stopped for me to catch up before he galloped farther down the trail. He did this a few times before I decided to stop and call him to me. This time he came running to me. I was very happy and surprised. I praised and pet him thoroughly and then clipped him back on the leash. This was the best outcome. I thought we were going to have to retrieve Spencer at the street corner while he ran circles around the passing motorcycles.