Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Duke-Proofing The Fence

Duke is our three legged dog.  He came to us as a foster dog; heart worm positive, and with a bum leg.  I think everyone knew we would be adopting him, but we did foster him for a while before officially adopting him.

Today Duke is heart worm negative, and gets around quite well on his three legs.  Sometimes he gets around almost too well.

Duke has learned how to bust out of the fence in the back yard. (For those of you who are new, Duke isn’t an outside dog.  We have a fenced in backyard, and he goes out to potty, play, and steal vegetables from the garden every chance he gets.  We take him on walks.  He goes to work with me sometimes.  We take him on car rides, to the park, to the pet store for treats, etc.) We’ve discovered that he doesn’t go over the fence, but instead destroys the bottom of it, and goes under the fence.

We’ve been working on ways to Duke-proof the fence, and finally found some decorative fencing at Lowe’s that isn’t as expensive as the first kind we tried, and seems to be strong enough to keep Duke in the fence.

Basically, we just have to create some kind of barrier between Duke and the bottom of the fence. The decorative fencing seems to do that.  We’ve also relocated one of our raised beds for the garden to help reinforce the back corner of the fence.

We still have a long way to go (the yard always seems so much bigger whenever there’s a project going on), but we at least seem to have found a way to Duke-proof the fence.

So what about you?  Have you ever had to reinforce a fence to keep your dog in?  Does your yard always seem bigger when you have a project going on?


  1. I have kitty cats so I have never had to Duke proof a fence. Looks like quite a chore. But pets are worth the effort. Duke is a handsome pup, for sure.

  2. Lovely. We have a labrador puppy and sometimes he drives us nuts. WE don't have a fence but walls... its different here! :)

  3. This is an original choice for the D-word :)

    Eva - Mail Adventures
    D is for Degollado.

  4. Good luck with the fencing. It looks nice and here's hoping it works!

  5. Looks like you have a big yard. Glad you found a way to keep Duke from escaping. We have a few projects to do in the yard, mainly waiting for time and money to get them done.


  6. I'm glad you seem to have found a way to Duke-proof the fence. I hope it continues to keep him from taking his unauthorized outings.

    I think everything seems bigger when you have a project you need to get done: a garden seems bigger when you need to reinforce a fence, a room seems bigger when you need to repaint it, etc.

  7. I have a fenced yard and recently woke up to find a chihuahua in the yard. Don't know how he got in but I opened the gates and he disappeared in a flash.

  8. Is it wrong that I'm pulling for Duke? I'm trying to see it from your POV, really I am, and it's the proper point of view of course ... but I just keep seeing brave Duke clawing his way to freedom, even though he'd come right back to captivity in a flash.

    Go, Duke. We're cheering you on. But come back!

    This, of course, from a guy who's writing his own murder every day in April, so take it for what it's worth.

  9. It's working? He's staying in? Then kudos.

  10. Duke sounds a bit mischievous, and it's good that you are trying to make a fence for him. How wonderful that you took Duke in when he had a burnt leg and abandoned.

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