Thursday, March 29, 2012

Desmond's Escape: A Follow-up

here's desmond pretending to be wiped out after the incident
Last Thursday night, when I almost became a heart patient, I was left feeling not very good all weekend and into the week. Lucky for me, I have you awesome people to leave me a multitude of comments expressing support. So, thank you. Thank you all very much for being fabulous. It does not go unappreciated.

On Saturday, we went out to inspect the yard for escape routes. We fixed every hole or fallen slat to the best of our DIY ability, but I'm not happy with the results. We still need higher protection where the fence is on the low side, and there are some gaps at the bottom of the fence that will need to be filled in after we get our yard leveled out and re-seeded (we think a large portion of the gap will actually wind up blocked by the new, leveled land/grass). Although I cannot really build a moat (how awesome would it be if I could?), the best long-term solution is to get new fencing to replace what's broken.

Not to mention, it will look much nicer than what's there now, because we were only able to replace half the fence when we bought the house. So, at the moment, it's a mix of PVC, stockade, chain link, and picket (classy, right?). We want it to be all PVC.

Doing this would also, maybe, help keep the cat out. Currently, there are plenty of spots too small for Desmond but big enough for that feline foe next door. I'm sure the cat will still find a way in--it is crafty like that--but I will take what I can get.

The problem is that PVC fencing is expensive, and we can't handle this issue until at least next year. Meanwhile, I can't handle a year of paranoia, but that's not the point. For now, we're still not going to let him roam alone (no, I do not work for Travelocity, but I do loves me some gnomes). And I guess we'll put up the tie-out when it gets warmer and he wants to lounge in the sun.

It's frustrating, because it's really the cat's fault, and it wouldn't be an issue if the cat would stay on its own property. I have no idea what I can do to keep it away from my house, aside from begging the neighbor to not let his cat out without supervision/at all--which I have no intention of doing, of course. It bothers me for sure that cats are "allowed" to roam the town but a dog off-leash outside would be a big problem that people would freak out over. Not that I want Desmond seeing the sights like that, nor do I think it's cool for people to be out and about with their off-leash dog, but it somehow feels unfair. If that makes sense.

Meanwhile, had Desmond caught and hurt or killed the cat, I imagine I would have been deemed at fault, not the loose cat's owner, even though the cat is the reason Desmond left the yard, and it's the cat who always comes onto our property. I can see the headlines now: Loose, Vicious Pit Bull Mauls Pet Cat.

Do you think there's anything we can do to keep the cat out? Or am I barking up the wrong tree?
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