Thursday, April 26, 2012
New Leash on Life
Friends walk him or take him on runs, and he has doggie day camp (a place which I recommend to all my local friends and coworkers) when I have to work long days. It's a bit of a drive there and back, but they have toys, a half acre yard, and kiddie wading pools full of fresh water. It's the only dog place he's ever wanted to go to. (he usually RUNS in, not looking back. . "See ya, bye!")
But it's still hard getting Barkley in and out of the house for "business" in the wee hours without a leash, because I don't want a a repeat of "look! another dog!(crash!)" some early morning.
But with a little ingenuity and help from my friends, he's been taken care of. Tam and company just take him for a good run around the neighborhood on the leash while I take up the tail gunner position, ever alert for hippies.. Up in farm country, Mr. B, installed a zip line out at their country home where I visit often, with a spring/bungee thing on the endsto keep him from hurting himself if he comes to a quick halt. With it, he can roam a good length of the back area right behind the house.
But what to do for houses where the road is close and the backyard is an obstacle course of bushes and spruce trees to get the line tangled in?
This worked out well, the hole was already there from an old railing, a couple things from the hardware store, some line that is weatherproof and durable. Plus, a way to adjust the length with a ratchet (to keep him out of any muddy areas after a storm).
It's time to smell the flowers!