February 26, 2009


In dog news, Charlie has decided that he wants to be Charlie Bronson and make a Great Escape.

Our backyard is a disaster, with dirt on one side and sand on the other. It's like a spectrum running from Mildly Crappy to Completely Worthless. Charlie recently discovered that sand is easy to dig and wriggle through. Thus, he keeps escaping. I bought those cheapy wire garden dividers, and I even strategically placed an old flowerpot so he couldn't get out again.

He still managed to escape.

To put things in Rachel Lucas terms:


He can still manage to squeeze out of that space. This means he can't have unsupervised backyard time, which is a real pain in the neck.


Very annoying. I will have to go steal some dirt from the construction site in our neighborhood to put on top of that sand to keep the danged dog in the yard.


Posted by Sarah at February 26, 2009 09:15 AM | TrackBack

aw.... :)

We had that yard before moving on base. Mark rented one of those dohicks from home depot and tilled it and planted seed. And watered and watered and watered and watered and watered the stuff so it would grow. It still looked like crap. And we had to pay for his excessive watering. Yeah!

Posted by: wifeunit at February 26, 2009 09:37 AM

He is so cute. He needs a puppy playdate. So does my new puppy. I have to wrestle with her and my old arms scratch so easy they are beginning to look like my mothers when she got old. But it's so much fun.

Posted by: Ruth H at February 26, 2009 10:42 AM

Thanks for the photos - and the arrows and text! More, please! Apart from the grey grass and Charlie's priceless expression, this is exactly what I envisioned!

Posted by: Amritas at February 26, 2009 12:14 PM


Delurking to tell you I have had the same issue with my dog. I got a ton of those wire things you are using and doubled and tripled them up. He could get under one but couldn't get under the rest. Might be worth a try.

Good luck!


Posted by: Stephanie at February 26, 2009 01:56 PM

Stephanie -- I may definitely have to try that. CVG also suggested paving stones :)

Posted by: Sarah at February 26, 2009 02:06 PM

cOmrades, have you forgotten the Berlin Wall? Put up a new one - but without Checkpoint Charlie!

Posted by: kevin at February 26, 2009 02:54 PM

You can see that he's hashing a plan. It's his eyes... their shiffty!

Posted by: the mrs. at February 26, 2009 04:19 PM

Charlie just gets cuter the more he gets in trouble...no?

My dogs go over, but this is what I did to keep the rabbits in. I started with paving stones and they work as long as it is just one or two spots that he tries to dig in. If you need a longer run of safty get some chicken wire and some landscaping staples. (they are just u shaped pieces of wire) lay the wire flat on the ground with a little extending under the fence,(your neighbor probably won't mind as much as the holes the pup makes anyway)then just pound in the staples at regular intervals especially around the edges but in the middle also. Then just walk around on the wire and it will conform to the ground. Most dogs do not like the feeling of digging on it, even my digging fiend rabbits do not get out now. The wire will work its way down in the sand or grass will grow up through it and soon you won't see the wire anymore.

Good luck with all your projects, I am praying for you. I don't normally tell people that in case it weirds them out, but you sound like you can use the verbal.


Posted by: cindy at February 26, 2009 11:06 PM

I second Cindy's suggestion. That's a good way. Or you can take paving stones and dig a trench and counter sink them with the wire behind them.

I've seen all manner of contraptions to contain Huskies, so if that doesn't work let me know.

Posted by: Mare at February 27, 2009 08:37 AM