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Fenced In Yard, Priceless!

Posted Friday, September 14, 2012, at 5:09 PM

Boomer and Delta
I have a whole new appreciation for my fenced in backyard! My hats off to those of you that have multiple dogs and don't. Wow, what a pain in the rear to always use a tie out!

For the past several years I have packed up the necessities of life, including my dogs, and allowed some great people to rent my house during the Clay County Fair. The quaint little cottage I stay at in Okoboji is wonderful. It's peaceful, comfortable, and close to home, but does not have a fenced in area for the dogs. It hasn't been that big of deal in the past, but Boomer and Delta are bananas on a tie out. They like to wrestle and play, creating tie outs that end up wrapped around every limb on their bodies. So now I have two dogs that have been hog tied and are not so comfortable with that position. Getting them freed from the tangled mess is a challenge and entertaining for anyone else who may witness.

If Boomer gets to racing around he's been known to break a cable tie out or even pull the anchor right out of the ground! My dogs wear martingale collars so when they hit the end of the cable, it's a sudden stop.

Miss Delta does not get quite as crazy, but gets bored and chews up any tie out not made of cable.

I've resorted to taking them out on the leash only for walks and potty breaks. The race track has been moved indoors to the living room until we get back home.

It's always good to have a subtle reminder that home can be a wonderful place to hang your leash.

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