Dog gone strange behavior by beloved North Olmsted pet

Seren the dog has been wanting out of her North Olmsted house lately. Including going onto the roof, where North Olmsted police took this picture of her.

Seren the dog could have a bad case of spring fever.

North Olmsted police found the 46-pound Chow Chow and Shiba Inu mix standing on the roof of a home in the 24000 block of Maple Ridge Road at 7:15 p.m. May 26.

After officers arrived to help, the dog went back into the home through a hole in a window screen she had created, owner Ellis Graham said. Seren was not injured, Graham said.

“She’s torn holes in six window screens in the last week or so to get outside,” a bewildered Graham said. “She did this one earlier today,” he said Thursday, pointing to one in the front of the home. “She was out in the back yard when I got home from work.”

Seren has been spayed, so she shouldn’t be trying to get outside to mate with another dog, Graham said.

“I’m really not sure why she’s doing this now,” he said. “She’s never really done anything like this before.”

Seren has been a good dog since he got her from a shelter about four years ago.

“My girlfriend sort of conned me into going there because she thought I needed company,” Graham said. “Seren came to the front of her cage, sat down and looked at me and I just knew she was mine. We’ve been together ever since.”

Seren is a Welsh word for a female, meaning star. Seren has lived up to her name, Graham indicated.

“She’s usually well-behaved and loves people,” he said. “We lived in Parma before this and when I told neighbors we were moving they were unhappy because their kids loved talking to and playing with her.”

Seren also can be walked without a leash, but Graham keeps her on one to obey city codes, he said.

Sean Lyons called police about seeing a dog on the roof.

“I’m a dog and animal lover myself,” said Lyons, who is originally from Westlake and now works in Washington, D.C. Lyons was home visiting family and friends when he and a friend saw Seren on the roof as they drove by, so Lyons called police.

“When I was a kid, I’d worry about stray dogs I saw and let police know,” he said, noting his family in Westlake has a dog. “I’d want to make sure they were safe. Seeing a dog on the roof is not something you see every day, so I called.’

North Olmsted Police Chief Bob Wagner called it an unusual call.

“We’ve never had one like that before that I can recall,” said Wagner, who has been with the department since 1998.

Seren was on her own property, so Graham was not charged with anything, Wagner said.

Graham said he may end up adding reinforced window screens if Seren persists in going through the windows.

“She’s a great dog. I love her and want to keep her,” he said.

Contact this reporter at or 440-871-5797.

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