Monday, April 12, 2010

The Tolerability of a Prison is Directly Related to the Size of Your Cage

Now that B is back to work, Jersey spends more time alone during the day. As you can imagine, she has grown a bit and things that used to fit her no longer fit her.

Exhibit A:

Luckily we have her somewhat crate trained (except at night and that is a different story). However, she doesn't have much room to walk around. Spending 6-8 hours laying (or squatting) in a crate didn't sound like so much fun to B so he decided he was going to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

An idea was born.

B decided Jersey was going to get her own little area in the basement where she could walk around, chew things, and stretch her legs. The question, however, was how were we going to keep her down there? We have no basement door and we have shelves full of food that, given the chance and 8 hours of alone time, she could do a lot of damage.

Never one to back down from a challenge, B went to his favorite store and got a bunch of lumber. And a lattice looking fence thing:

That looks impressive. At least to me. B then spent quite a few nights sawing, pounding, but luckily not cursing. Tonight was the big reveal (although I had been peeking the whole time). Behold Jersey's new dog pen:

It is anchored to the wall and that pole (although B is going to anchor that side a little more. Her crate, if you look very hard, is way in the back. There is a lot of room for her to roam.

This is the door. It even has hinges.

So it can open:
Right now B is just working on securing it so Jersey cannot push it open and squeeze herself through like she does with the neighbor's fence outside.

This is a view from inside the pen:

Hopefully, Jersey will like her new hang out spot. She really only has to use it when we are gone. At least we won't feel too bad about keeping her locked up while we are at work. I have already told her it is just temporary anyhow.

I plan on winning the lottery.

4 important things being said:

j'lynn said...

When I opened my blog this morning and saw the title of the post I just assumed it was one of the other blogs I followed. I was pretty surprised when I clicked on it and saw it was you talking about prison! LMAO!!!

Great job B!!

I hope Jersey isn't a jumper though... That would never keep my aunt's youngest dog. They would have to build it to the ceiling. At 6 months old he was clearing their 4 foot outside fence! LOL

I cannot believe how big she has gotten!!!!

Living Dees Life said...

awesome setup!! you go B!

that's a really awesome idea. I hate the thought of having to keep dogs in crates while at work but when you must you must.

can't wait to see how this pans out and good luck!!

Jennifer said...

It looks great! I want to see Jersey in it!! Has she tested it out for the day yet?

My old dog (Olive) chewed some lattice similar to that. I guess she needed more fiber in her diet? She acted like Buddy but was about 10 times bigger. Not a good combo. She had AMAZING skills at frisbee though. AMAZING. She could have won one of those competitive shows.

*~Dani~* said...

jlynn - that is too funny. But I was kind of talking about a prison, right? Jersey is not a jumper yet, but she has other issues. They will be revealed soon. She is HUGE compared to when we first got her.

Blaez - B never steps back from a challenge. I dont like the crates either, but sometimes the dog doesnt seem to mind. I guess it is what you know.

Jenny - i think you know how this ended. Dont ruin the surprise for others though. Olive sounds like a pain. However, I wish Jersey had her mad frisbee skills. She cannot catch anything.

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