We finally did it! The dogs can now play in the backyard without having to be on leashes. It's only been up 3 days and it feels like a world of a difference.
Stephen and I have been talking about fencing in the yard for a while, even before we got Goose. Then it became, "We won't get another dog until we fence in the yard." Obviously that didn't pan out, we fell in love with Goose almost a year ago. Then it was, "After the wedding we'll fence in the yard." And then life got in the way.
We actually had a few contractors come out to give us some price quotes back in September, but one thing lead to another and then it was the crazy holidays and it never went up. So here we are, February, and the fence is finally up.
The team from Allied Fence, who we found through The Home Depot, finished the job in one day. (Probably would have been a bit faster had they brought the correct cedar wood, they brought pine and we had paid for cedar.) We couldn't be happier with how it turned out. You can't tell from the photo above but at one point we could see 7 houses from our back deck. Not much privacy. Now, we can see the rooftops of a few of those houses and some of them are completely blocked from view.
The dogs don't quite get that they can be out there without us yet, but they're getting it. Stephen and I love to stand in the backyard and watch them run around. It's freedom and space that we were able to give to them and they're paying us back with big, tongue out of their mouths smiles. Goose even learned to play fetch with a stick. He's only had balls and ropes. It is adorable to see him learn something new. He's so proud when he gets the stick from Mabel.
|Goose is worn out from running. Mabel and Goose chase a ball. Goose looks like he is peeing on the wall - he's actually jumping off the corner. Mabel is running so fast she's blurry.|
You can see in these pictures that the backyard as a giant wall towards the back. There is definitely room to go on top and up by the fence, and the dogs have loved exploring up there. We've been tossing around the idea of adding some big planters back there. There is lot of concrete up there, so I'm not sure much would grow in the ground anyway.
We'll also need to get some grass seed down. We haven't really used the backyard because there wasn't a fence, now it's time to clean it up. It's not a huge yard, but it's perfect for us. And Mabel and Goose couldn't love it any more than they do. (This morning Goose was hopping around the yard. Acutally hopping.)
We've also talked about repainting that wall. Any thoughts on colors?