A move for the boys

Cooper and Roscoe's houses

This weekends project was to move the dog houses. I finished the temporary fence last weekend, it could still use a bit of work but it should be OK for now… more on that later. So the move was up the hill in the back yard, about 50 feet from where they were. You can see from the pic on the left the angle is a little steep and their’s a flat spot fit for a pair. So after prepping a little to level where the houses would sit and getting some pavers to lift them off the ground about four inches we were ready.

A friend came by and in about 40 minutes we were done. The houses are 36 x 48 and the roofs come off. Got to say thanks to dad for that cause otherwise it would have been a three man job. Now back to “the fence should be OK for now” comment. Tonight while sitting downstairs Cooper started a barking fit I first thought was directed at the cats next door… that is common. But after a little more ruckus than normal I went up to find Cooper in and Roscoe out. So much for my good fence work !!!

It was about ten minutes to calm Cooper down and then into the truck and up the road. A quick drive around the neighborhood, as a road circles back above us to a dead end, and on the way back hear he comes jingling up behind me. One of the other neighborhood labs (lucky) was hangin around too so my guess is Roscoe found his way there and they were playing.

When we got back I put the invisible fence collars on, I took them off earlier as we went for a walk, and figured we’d be good… got it out of our system. Not ten minutes later the whole episode started again but this time he didn’t get far. Back in August I mentioned extending the fence almost all the way around the lot, good thing cause the fence caught him this time. Unbelievable !!!!. So by this time I’ve had it for the night up to the house we go with the 10ft leash wrapped to the tree and he’s staying there. I’ll work on the corner where he got out tomorrow. But in reality the wooden picket fence you see in the pic is only four feet tall, they both can jump over it if they really want to. With any luck I can make it to spring when I’ll have to put in a new fence as the existing one is close to falling down. O well what’s life without a little excitement.

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