Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A New House (!) Means Happy Puppies (and happy puppy parents)

So this is it, I can finally spill the big news! We closed on our new house today, and we couldn't be more excited!  We already have happy puppies, but they're about to get a whole lot happier because...

this will be their first home with a fenced yard. And it's a BIG yard!

It sounds silly, but when I got Suvi, and she grew big enough and fast enough that she needed to constantly be on-leash outdoors, I promised her (out loud, and many, many times over) that our next house would have a fenced yard. This dog LOVES to run, zoom, and play more than any dog I've ever met. And now she can, without a leash, a rope, and without needing to go to daycare.

And Ramsey and Pablo? They can play outside longer and more often, without getting tangled in Suvi's retractable leash. Pablo can pee on stuff 'til his heart's content (and he will pee on EVERYTHING outside. over and over again). Ramsey can chase bugs, and Suvi can chase balls. And we'll all live happily ever after.

But first, we have to get the fence built. What a debate and project this has been. 6 feet, or 4 feet? picket or solid board or board on board. chain link or wood or vinyl? We didn't want to be THOSE people that move into the neighborhood, immediately build a ginormous fence, and shut out the rest of the world. We also didn't want to completely isolate the view of our beautiful new backyard and patio from the rest of the world - people deserve to SEE this stuff!  ;)  Lastly, we wanted the dogs to still get to know there's a world outside the fence. So we decided 6 feet on two sides (the back, and the side with neighbor dogs), and 4 feet on the pretty sides facing the river and the road. We'll have a framed board-on-board, with accent rail - and wood (this wasn't really a debate). Pretty + functional = happy puppy parents.

I can't wait to share photos, and Chad can't wait to make new videos, and the puppies just can't wait to live in their beautiful new house and yard. Stay tuned as we dog-proof, make dog-friendly, and start enjoying, our new place.


  1. Congratulations! All of you will love having a fenced in back yard. I'm sure the new house is great too :)

  2. Congratulations on your new house!!! That's so awesome and exciting.

    Sounds like you've made a pretty good fence decision. You could also look into those plastic "doggie portholes" that they have, so that the pups can see through the fence!

    We need a better fence (rocking the 4-ish foot picket right now). 6 foot link or privacy is my thought. I really don't want to try agility with Elka before we have a more secure backyard! I don't doubt that she could clear our current fence, she just hasn't taken it into her head to try.

  3. Congrats on the house! So exciting for your family!! I can tell you from personal experience that it does not matter how high the fence is between homes with dogs on both sides they can still smell each other and bark at each other. I have a 6 yr old doberman that thinks she needs to protect the entire neighborhood by sounding her world alert barking when she goes out and if there is another dog on the other side of our 6 ft wood fence she will peek between the cracks and make sure the dog on the other side knows she is there. No one in this neighbor hood has to worry about any stranger sneaking in. Can't wait to see new backyard video's of the gang!!

  4. I LOL'd at your facebook comment about how you said Chad said a gymnast looked old at the Olympics... but doesn't he know that freckly gingers don't age well at all?? You look like you're in your 40's..and makeup is not helping you at all.

    where is Chad's brain?

    -someone whom you know

    1. Aw, I love anonymous, crazy stalker comments! I'm flattered that you feel strongly enough about me to follow Chad and me on Facebook, and follow my blog. Please just don't show up at our house, THAT would be weird.