Thanks, everyone, for your patience with me. I wanted to spend a few days beating myself up over my carelessness. I knew you all would be hugely supportive and understanding. I didn't want to hear it. I was stupid and careless. I hate to think the berner will pay the price for that.
As I said, back to our regularly scheduled programming...
Stumpy loves to graze but desert living doesn't really support that endeavor. We had to go to town this week and while there Stumpy found a patch of grass and dove in.
The berner has returned daily, even twice a day, to eat and drink. He even walked through the inside door. I was ready for him, behind the door. But he was ready for me and checked behind the door before proceeding into the house. I was busted and he bolted. He hasn't attempted to come through the door again.