PLEASE Fence Me In!
I was talking to a coworker the other night, Jake, who has two young lab mixes. He mentioned one of them was an escape artist, pushing under their chain-link fence at times to roam the neighborhood.
I can well identify with escape artists. Our first problem was with our first dog, Tramp, the black one seen in the picture. The Boss had put in the backyard fence gate sideways, so it was wide enough to allow the riding mower to enter. However, that made the gate shorter and Tramp, when young and spry, was able to jump over. So The Boss added some chain link to the top of the fence to prevent this, as you can see from the picture. Didn't look pretty, but did the job.
Penny, the beagle, was an under-the-fence escapee. Like many who put in chain link, we didn't put in a bottom rail, which allows a dog to dig and push the chain -link out. The Boss was like Bill Murray in Caddy Shack, trying to outfox the gophers. Penny would go down to the nearby creek, get covered in ticks and fishy-smelling water. Twice she got snake bit, once on her leg and tongue, another time on her ear, all of which swelled up and looked horrible. The vet thought a copper head, poisonous, but not a high-level of poison like some other venomous snakes.
At first we put a big rock on the outside of the area where she escaped, but she just opened another area. We tried tent stakes, but that didn't work either. We finally got huge 4x4 posts and laid them on the outside of the fence, which worked--except in the places where things didn't quite meet. To this we added huge staple-like things every few inches to hold the chain link into the ground.
When Scooter arrived, he didn't jump over the gate like Tramp did, as the extra chain link prevented that. But he kept getting out and we couldn't figure it out. One day, I put him out and watched through the window. What he did was push over the SIDE of the chain link on the top of the gate and squeezed through as he went up and over. The Boss had to buy a new, higher gate. Yes, we understand escape artists.
We also added new steps to the deck, with a retaining wall on the bottom to one side, as it's on a bit of a hill. But the lizards love to crawl around and hide in the stones, so Scooter has dug holes all around the area. It looks like crap, so now we're going to re do the area. It's always a battle! As I said before, I'd love a courtyard! No mud, no digging, no constant work cleaning up after Scooter's digging expeditions!
So, any problems in this area for you?
posted by Sandy at 4/02/2007 09:16:00 AM