Friday, July 19, 2013

Those $&*(#@$% Dogs!!!!

I love them, you know I do, but the amount of trouble they sometimes cause can be a royal pain in my behind!


Sure, they look innocent enough when they're sleeping. But recently they're been getting into all kinds of trouble when our backs are turned. As long as one of us is home River and Shadow are content to roam the property with us and generally just hang out. After all they have around an acre of fenced area. That's a 7 ft. fence by the way with 5 ft. reinforced cattle gates.

River looking innocent and also wolf like at the same time.
However, the last couple of times that both Chris and I have been gone on all day errands and left these two in the yard they have managed to find escape routes and roam the countryside. They don't do anything bad and most people around here don't even fence in their dogs. But here's the thing - I don't believe in letting your dogs roam around the world willy-nilly. They can get hurt and dogs are dogs and do dog like things when they join up with other dogs. Even your most friendly family pet can turn into a true carnivore in a pack situation. Also, there's a law in our county that property owners are allowed to shoot dogs on sight on their  property, because of the previously mentioned pack behavior and the possible damage to livestock. So these two skipping around could be in real danger even though you and I know they're super friendly and probably wouldn't hurt a fly.


Here's the solution! The super deluxe, strong as Alcatraz, doggy jailhouse complete with shade/rain cover and raised platform bed. Nestled amongst the trees in a corner of the yard inside that 7 ft. fence even if they should get out of jail they still have to escape the yard. That should slow 'em down! 


All right girls - "Go to jail!" We'll be back in a while. They don't love it but they don't hate it either and will sometimes hang out there during the day because it's quite cool and shady.


"Wait! Good dog."

Do you have a solution for keeping your animals safe? Maybe it's not a problem for you.

Until next time,

8 comments:

  1. Wow, I like your doggie jailhouse. Where did you find it? Sassy loves to be outside, but we don't have a fence per se, so one of us needs to be outside with her at all times. We do live on five acres, but she could wonder off or something could get to her. I'm amazed you have such clever escapees considering you have such good fencing already. Sure like the Jailhouse though!

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    1. I did lots of internet research because we needed something really strong - River's a BIG dog and I finally decided on this one. It was expensive, I got through Costco online. They come in all sizes, how big is Sassy. These girls just are not totally happy unless they can be right with us roaming on 3 acres!

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  2. What a perfect way to keep your dogs safe Pat! I hope they can't escape from Alcatraz! My daughter's 2 dogs kept escaping from the backyard....small dogs but we think the problem is finally fixed.

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    1. We've had to leave for the day a couple of times and I feel so much less worried about them now. They do try to dig their way out but so sorry girls no luck for you!

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  3. I noticed and like the way you laid bricks around the edge. It certainly does look comfortable for them. I have an enclosed yard and we had to your bricks too.

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    1. Those bricks have stopped them from digging their way under - which they have tried - sigh. They have a 1 acre yard and they still want to roam. As you can tell we live on a 3 acre property in the woods surrounded by forest, it's not totally safe for them, a bear could get them for pete's sake!

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  4. looks like a good solution to me. Hopefully it stays shady and cool there all day. It is a worry when they get out.

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    1. Well it's a solution. We tried to pick a good spot and it does stay nice and shady all day plus it has a cover. Those girls are so spoiled!

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