Thursday, August 12, 2010

DOT Post ~~ The Fix Is In (or is it "On"?)

Finally the fence is secured from MaggieMae escaping under it! My son-in-law ran a cable along and through the bottom of the fence. Then I bought some Coleman tent stakes at Kmart, and a friend of mine pounded them in for me at various intervals along the cable.

My neighbor to the side put up some lengths of 4 ft. picket he had, and just propped them against my fence as a sight block. Too bad he did not have one more section of it.

But the cable was tight with a turn buckle at the end of it.

The stakes hold it down even though she could not "stretch" it with the cable, it makes me feel more secure.

Then one day after all this was done, my neighbor on the other side of me rings the doorbell and tells me my "baby" is in his fenced yard!! I thought "what the?" Seems she'd found a spot to crawl under in the back corner! That has now been secured with a wooden stake and some junk rebar!! You can see the slight area she managed to curl the fence up and crawl through.

I do not believe (and I pray) she can get through this little opening! If she does she will be in the neighbors fenced yard anyway, but this is a pretty small opening now!

As of now, she can only look and drool over the bunnies in the yard next door.

"You know you spoiled my adventures mom."
"I know MaggieMae, but it's for your own safety."

"I guess I'll just have to sit and dream of the good fun I had for a little while."

In the meantime, my tomatoes have started to ripen. This is the 2nd one, the first is in the house waiting for me to eat it! Only 8, but I'm sure they will all be tasty!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Update on MaggieMae Being Grounded~DOT

No pictures today, but I do have an update on MaggieMae's escape capabilities and consequent "grounding". I was standing in the back yard with a friend and MaggieMae and looked just in time to see something I had not expected! She went like a streak of lightning and escaped again... but ... under the fence!!! She came back about 10 min. later (at least she does come back home) while my I was talking to my nieghbor. At least now I know how to proceed with a fix for the fence! And it will be far less costly than building up the top of the fence. My son-in-law said he has a cable he can run through the bottom of the fence (who knew that chain link would stretch to where a 50 lb. dog could escape under it?) and draw it tight. We will give that a shot (hopefully today) and if that alone is not enough, we can drive some tent stakes or some type down through the fence into the ground to prevent her from going under again also.

I have also been looking into sight block strips and discovered the best type are "winged" or "feathered". I have also found out they are very expensive. A local fence company sells them for $99/10 ft. coverage! Wow! Shopping online I found one site that has them for approximately $66/10 ft. coverage. Free shipping also. I just have to measure the fence and see how much I need. They do not have to be woven in, but fit naturally into the slots created by the weave of the chain link. And the wings or feathers create a complete sight barrier for the fence. I read that they are not recommended for 6 ft. fences as they also block the wind. But they should be fine for my 4 ft. fence. The reason I am considering them is that if she cannot see the bunnies in the neighbor's yard, it would go a long way in deterring her from learning to "jump" the fence to go after them! This would be well worth the $$$ to keep her safe in her own yard!

Hopefully she will be free to run the yard again soon. The poor girl has been absolutely miserable! Of course she will not be happy to realize her escape route has been blocked either, but she will be able to chase squirrels from the yard again and keep the mice scurrying on the other side also! Happy and safe DOT to all you doggies who love to run free!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Meet Peggy Sue

I want to introduce you to Peggy Sue. She is named after the Buddy Holly song of the same name. A friend of mine suggested I get a bike (I had just given one to my grand daughter Samantha) that suited me. So I visited my favorite discount department store over the weekend and found her! Isn't she just a beautiful lady??

And she is not only pretty, she has quality!

She also has 7 speeds.
I relearned to ride and thought I was doing quite well, till I came home and hit the brakes a bit too hard! Ended up falling to the right beside my van, put my hand out to my van to catch my fall, but ended up on my behind! Not only that, I jammed my right arm in the process, which sent shockwaves to my shoulder and today I am feeling some soreness. Fortunately a very wise person said put ice on it right away, which I did. That and ibuprophen helped immensely! But I do not hold the fall against her! She's a beauty and I hope we have many hours of riding.
Oh wait, I have not given up my first love for a ride, my motorcycle! No way! I love them both for each of their endearing qualities and the enjoyment they bring!