Anyway, turns out there's another reason she goes over there. The owner has a trailer on her property that somebody rents, this lady just so happens to work at the dog food factory and just LOOOVES giving the neighbourhood dogs all of the excess treats (and we were wondering why Abby was getting fatter and fatter despite cutting down on her food...) every time Abby is over there she gets lots of treats, so many that she and the other dog (and the other ladies' dog) literally CANNOT eat them all, they're spread all over the yard. Well the other day this lady picked her up and locked her in her trailer before she went to work... the owner heard Abby yapping and whining, saw her in the trailer and called to ask why. Well, despite having lived their for two years, knowing us AND our dog, seeing our dogs play together, etc. (and the fact that Abby wears a collar...) she "thought she was a stray" but "would return her tomorrow" (she worked until 2AM). Mom told her to just let her out in the morning, she'd come right home. Well we ended up going over there on my way to pick her up, lady definitely didn't want to give her up... had given her a BATH, scrubbed her collar clean and mom said she was just acting 'weird'. So Abby is under lock down, no more wandering for her. It wasn't a problem, because the neighbour's dog is lonely (and isn't allowed to play with the other ladies' big dog) so they were good for each other... but something just doesn't sit right with me .
Needless to say, I'm happy because I didn't want her wandering in the first place. Abby not so much. She's restricted to the closed in front yard with the big clumsy mutt and keeps scratching / whining at the back door and trying to make a break for it (I guess I would too if I knew there was 'all you can eat cookies' next door). It's a bit sad to see who she loves best though. Oh well. She can suck it up and hopefully start losing some weight.