The saga of "The Doggie Outhouse" continues.
When we last saw the relocated kennel, from the garden to the patio, it looked like this:
There was an opening in the railing that allowed the dogs to enter into a nice, dry area to do their "business", as they are little sissies about going out in the rain or snow. Of course, they were afraid of the new enclosure, even though I left all four sides open so they could see out, and there is a human sized opening at the other end for quick escapes from monsters or zombies if needed.
Mmmmm, a tray of sirloin steak trimmings might tempt them!
Will Annie be brave enough to go get it? Will Otto follow her in? Come on, you know you want it!
Nope, even that yummy steak can't get them to go into the kennel. One of them did, however, go in later and eat the meat when I wasn't looking. I have no idea which one.
That was five days ago. No amount of coaxing would get them back into that kennel. Today we decided to make some modifications. We turned the kennel around so the human sized opening was against the patio, and we removed an entire section of deck railing.
I put a chair in the corner, and sat there with some fried chicken in my hand. Annie came about half way in, then turned around and ran back out. Bummer! I went back inside and got a nice big handful of lean, raw ground beef. That is their absolute favorite thing in the whole wide world. I gave them each a sniff, then retreated back to the chair in the corner. It was too tempting to resist. Both dogs came right in for their share of the beef! Once the meat was gone they didn't linger, but at least they spent a couple of minutes inside. Baby steps!
We might remove all the chain link fencing from the patio side of the kennel. We can just fold it back and secure it to the other side. Eventually I'll get to Lowe's to buy more of the 2" PVC and replace the smaller ones, as they have a tendency to bend under the weight of the tarp. I'll also wrap the bottom of the kennel with clear plastic once the dogs get used to being in there, which will keep out any snow that might otherwise blow in.
Snow? Did I say snow? I picked vine ripened Victor tomatoes today!
And....here it is November, and Victor is blossoming and setting fruit! We've had highs in the 50s and low 60s, with night time temperatures in the 30s and 40s. I guess I'd better cover him and see just how long it will continue fruiting.