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_________ Dog! - RonO's Ramblings

Jan. 10th, 2009 08:51 am _________ Dog!

Last night, about 9:15 or 9:30, the dog wanted to go downstairs. robot_grrl thought that he wanted his last meal for the day, so I went down to feed him and put him in his crate. However, he walked to the door and asked out. As he was going out, I told him "No digging" (neccessary to keep him from turning our rented yard into an excavation site) and also said "and come back when you are done."

Unfortunately, he didn't seem to be interested in doing is "business." Instead, he wanted to explore the yard in its new and unfamiliar moonlit state. (FWIW, the moonlight in our yard last night was just about bright enough to read by).

Over the next couple of hours, I kept going out and trying to encourage him back inside. Finally, about 11:15, I gave up and went to bed.

About 12:15, I heard him barking and went downstairs to find him finally waiting outside the door wanting to come back in. Needless to say, I wasn't very happy with him.

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Date:January 11th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
This is one of the reasons that, even with the fence, our dogs still go out on their cables.
Date:January 11th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
Once we are home owners again -- or more correctly living in the home we own rather than one we rent while other people are renting ours -- I may consider that. Especially since most of the homes in the areas we are looking at have a hill, either steeply up or steeply down, making up about half of their back yard -- an effect of the fact that most of San Diego County is very much NOT FLAT.
Date:January 11th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Only one of our cables is an overhead trolley, the other one is about 30' long, and attached to an eye screwed into the porch. But there's no reason it couldn't just be looped around the post or somesuch. I've also seen packages with a short cable to go around a tree or post, and another long cable that hooks to the short loop (so the dog can, theoretically, go around the tree and the long cable just slides along the short loop, instead of wrapping around the tree).
Date:January 11th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Good idea!