Monday, June 08, 2009


I haven't had a good bird walk in quite a while. Frankly, I can't muster the energy to get up and go anywhere.

About a week and a half ago my dog decided she no longer liked the backyard. At all. Not to visit, not to do her business in, not to stay in for extended periods of time. But of course a dog has needs, and so she took care of those needs on the living room carpet. That first episode resulted in the rental of a carpet cleaner and me taking a mental health day off work. But it didn't stop there. A few more living room potty breaks have occurred. We now insist Harley go outside, no matter how stubbornly she refuses.

But if we leave her out there one minute too long, she is bent on escaping. So also last week sometime, she found a way to pry the fence open, and has been seen many times running around the neighborhood. We put a camera out there one day to see just exactly how she was doing it. It was quite clever actually. She's a very persistent dog.

We reinforced the fence several times, each time thinking we had done the job, only to look out the front window a bit later to see her running around. So last night we adjusted things again, and so far it seems to have done the trick. We'll see.

So today I think I need to take my camera and bins on a walk somewhere. Maybe I'll take Harley with me, too. But she is getting older can't go very long - she turns 12 this month. So I'll also schedule a vet appointment for her.


Jenny said...

Harley wants a vacation. She is trying to send you the memo. :) So sorry to hear. Pet issues are crazy-makers, because so much of the time they are so good to and for us.

RLRP said...

Harley!!! I am sorry to say that I didn't know that Harley was still with you, and I'm glad to hear she's doing well. Alex turned 13 last month and is still puppyish in many ways. I'm familiar with the running away thing, I assure you. He doesn't do it much any more, but he used to put Houdini to the test for sure.

deejbrown said...

A trip to the vet sounds like a good idea. Seems like something is going on.

Nicole said...

Sorry to hear you are having Harley problems. Hopefully the newest reinforcements hold good luck!