Sunday, December 11, 2011
So it is not enough to own sheep that get out of the fence at every opportunity, we have a puppy who is worse. After the fiasco earlier in the week were said puppy just leaped over the doggy pen gate and was waiting for us on the front porch when we got home. We decided that something more secure was needed. The kennel is the best option for security (Zeke hates it and howls for 30-45 minutes when kenneled, down from 2 hours). Unfortunately, his bladder limit is only about 4-5 hours. We were going to go have an early Christmas dinner with my parents and might be gone past the potty limit. Our solution was to kennel our adult dog in the house and put the puppy outside on our overhead dog run. We clipped him onto a 15 ft retractable leash attached to a five foot chain onto an overhead wire. NO way the puppy can get free. Our 80# lab cannot get off this setup. Six hours later we come home in the fog and snow and try and spot the puppy in our yard. No puppy, then Annmarie says "He is on the front porch!". Zeke came running out to great us in the driveway. How does a puppy get off of said prison? You chew through the cloth band holding the clip to your collar. So now the retractable leash is toast. So not only will I need a new retractable leash, I will need to pickup a small section of chain to clip to Zeke's collar and then (three feet later) clip the other end to the retractable leash. This way he can never get to a section that can be chewed in half.