Today is our third week with Stella! Have I mentioned before how much boundless, wild puppy energy she has? No? Well…..one of her former favorite things to do was to run around in her backyard in crazy circles. Without warning….she would stop her circles and just take off! Wheee!!!! The first time or two she only ran over to the neighbor’s yard and was easily caught when she stopped to sniff around on the porch. THEN….the next time….she took off across the street.
How fun was that? I’m not sure what was more fun for her…the actually crazy running or hearing me running behind her…lungs on the verge of collapsing….saying words that I hoped the neighbors couldn’t hear me saying.
Although the backyard is mostly fenced in…we weren’t sure we wanted to completely fence it. So we bought a dog trolley for our little runaway. Papa installed it for her in a couple of minutes! Yay Papa!!!!
It goes to from the edge of the deck to the back of the yard and she seems to like it. She can run back and forth and can still do her circles. She just can’t scare the bejeezus out of us by running out onto our busy street.
Do you notice what is on the post to the right? Have I told you how my Rob has a “touch” of OCD? He’s not a compulsive handwasher, or an eyebrow hair puller. He’s just very particular and detailed about his projects. He installed a little safety measure to make sure that her leash was always handy when out in the yard. Like the most dangerous of criminals….we walk her on her leash from the house….to the run, hook her to the run while she’s still on her leash….and then…when she is securely fastened to the dog trolley….you take off the leash…..
That way the leash is always nearby. If done properly….there will be no way for her to escape from the backyard again. Unless of course she slides past you on her lightening fast ninja paws as you open the door to go turn the food on the grill…..and she zips by you and you’re left standing in the yard with the bbq tongs in your hand wondering if it is too late to send her back to Louisiana and again quietly saying bad, bad words. Anyway….off on a tangent….back to the trolley. I liked the trolley better than the tie outs that you stake into the ground. Less chance of her getting tangled up. And when we hook her to it while wearing her harness instead of her collar there is no way for her to choke herself.
If Stella were human…..this is who she would be: