(Note: For those of you who only come here for photos of Puppy Cody, scroll down to the bottom – but really, don’t you want to read the post first?)
It didn’t take long for the bunny chasing to begin. The very first night, I took Cody out on a long retractable leash to get her used to her new “playpen.” Halfway across the yard was a bunny, who obviously wasn’t expecting visitors. The poor bunny must have come out of its rabbit hole in the lawn (gotta fill that in!) because when it realized Cody was within scent distance, it ran and couldn’t find its way out of the yard. Those fences are right down to the ground. I had been assured there would be no gaps through which a 44-lb. dog could escape, and apparently even a small bunny couldn’t get through!
Excellent work, City Fence!
Thank heavens for the leash. Cody would have caught that bunny as it tried valiantly to leap over the six-foot fence section at the back of the yard. Poor terrified bunny!
Fortunately, there are two gates, both of which have some ground clearance – not enough for Cody to squeeze under, but fine for a small critter. Allowing Cody just a wee bit of leash length, we managed to chase that bunny to the side gate so it could escape before being caught and maybe eaten, and before having a little bunny heart attack.
After which, Cody and I went back inside and collapsed. It was really hard holding that dog back while she was whimpering in frustration and trying to run. She wanted to play catch-me-if-you-can! After all, the bunny started it.
For now, Cody’s excursions into the yard will be somewhat limited. We need to fill in several holes which present serious hazards to a speeding canine. I let her out off-leash for purposes of taking photos for this post, and hubby would not be happy if he found out, so don’t tell him. Hopefully, we’ll get those holes filled in this weekend.
I can only hope that one of those holes is not, in fact, a nest of baby bunnies. That would not be a good thing, at least for some of us. I’m sure Cody would love a bunch of new little playmates, but the bunnies might not appreciate it and I don’t need my shoulder torn from the socket while attempting to hold back an overly excited dog.
Next step is to put up privacy screening along the back so that we don’t even have to look at Miss Loony Tunes. May she tend her plants from her side of the fence and enjoy the fact that she is now fenced in by neighbors on all three sides. That’s what happens when you irritate people over silly little issues, like peeing dogs.
And now the promised photos of Cody enjoying her new yard:
Happy Friday, Everyone! Enjoy your weekend!
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