Happy 4th of July everyone! Taffy and I hope that you all are having a fun but safe holiday. Unfortunately for us, the 4th isn’t much fun, there are too many illegal fireworks going off all day and night that make me want to stay inside and hide.
That’s why the Lady I rescued, and dog daddy Brad, worked hard since Spring to give us a backyard that we can enjoy. It all started last year when our neighbor installed a privacy fence making it very easy for us to add gates on the alley and front ends. That’s when the Lady hatched the plan to build a patio by removing a flower bed and sidewalk. It took a year for that to happen, but it was so worth it!
Dog Proof Tips for Your Back Yard — Concrete
When I arrived on the scene the Lady had a flower bed on the north side of our yard. But I loved to dig, she only had to turn her back on me for a second to find a big hole. That’s when she hatched the plan to cover the bed with rocks while leaving the two perennials.
Then came Taffy, with a reputation for eating rocks. For the last two years the Lady tried everything to keep her out of the rocks. Fences, putting bricks along the sidewalk, blocking entrances with furniture. Nothing worked, that dog can squeeze through any opening to get a rock. So last summer the Lady gave up, saved her energy, and counted the days until her concrete arrived.
Just over a month ago the Lady got her patio, naively thinking all her problems solved with Taffy.
Now we have room for furniture, flower pots, and even an umbrella! But as soon as the concrete dried there was still an issue to deal with. Along the privacy fence, the few inches between our concrete and the neighbor’s concrete, still had rocks. First, dog daddy Brad went to get paving sand to fill in the area, but brought home gravel instead. An even bigger problem as these are smaller pieces that Taffy can swallow.
Finally, dog dad bought bags of concrete, mixed it up, and filled in the area. Taffy, confused beyond what her little brain can comprehend, is not happy. She paces the yard looking for things to get into, like eating grass, while the Lady tries to distract her by throwing a ball. But, its low maintenance, leaving more time for fun or relaxing!
Dog Proof Tips for Your Back Yard — Fencing
Our privacy fence is dog proof, we even have Beware of Dog signs on them. But there are other types of fences that aren’t as secure, such as chain link. It didn’t take Taffy long to find out she could squeeze under ours because the dog dad installed it too high. Not to mention, since the new patio, she is trying to get through to the other yard. If you look closely you can see where her big paws loosened one of the links. To secure this you can run a pole along the bottom of the fence, like there is on top, making it impossible to loosen or crawl under.
Now that are yard is dog proof, or Taffy proof, I can relax in all the extra grass we have now, with plenty of sun or shade! That’s because the old patio is gone, and the flower bed along the chain link fence. Even with all the concrete the actual yard seems bigger, so we have more room to play ball, use our doggie tunnel, or have the pool out.
We finally have a back yard we all can enjoy, so we are taking a staycation to finish other household projects. We’ll be back in a week or so. Have a great rest of the summer!