Now that we have the holes in the privacy fence repaired, Cheerio has figured out she can still get out of the yard by going up on the pool deck and hopping over the fence into the neighbor’s backyard from there. The neighbor’s house is a rental house, is currently empty and has fence gate issues, as well, so I had to figure out a way to prevent access to the pool deck.
So, since Dad had a doctor appointment in the city yesterday morning, I asked him if he would come here afterward and help me build a gate for the deck where the steps go down into the yard. Two and a half hours later, here is my new gate:
While at Lowe’s, I bought enough lattice to replace the lattice that’s come down out of the deck fence over the years, because as soon as we tested our new gate for canine containment, Cheerio promptly jumped from the yard, up over the shrubs that line the pool deck, between the 2×4’s that make up the deck fence (where lattice used to be) and trotted her happy ass around the pool deck, ready to hop over the fence again.
This is beginning to feel like an episode of Roadrunner and I’m the coyote at the moment.
So, it seems Cheerio is quite the escape artist.. I never would have guessed by her sweet nature and willingness to please her humans… I guess every dog has their needs… The gate looks wonderful, do you think Dad could come build me a new deck? We have doctors here in KC too. Please let him know I will have his tool belt ready and waiting.
Uh…no. What wind Dad has left in him for actually PARTICIPATING in projects like this – I get. 🙂 However, he’s great as designer, engineer and supervisor, so tell ya what – have tool belts ready for Second Son and I, instead. All Dad will require is a pot of coffee. 🙂
Don’t let this scare you too bad, but I’m seriously contemplating going to the pawn shop, buying a hand-held Skil saw, going back to Lowe’s for more 2×4’s and building a gate for the opening up to the pool deck.
If I do, I’ll post pictures here and then you can decide if I’m skilled enough to be your labor crew. 😉
I think you should show the video of my Boo Boo feeding Cheerio. I love that video! I think it shows just how gentle that Cheerio really is. I still have it and watch it quite frequently. 🙂
Ahhh….the things we do for our dogs! 🙂 They’re sneakier than we give them credit for!
Cheerio is quite the impressive escape artist! (I love that name.)