the dogs,  the sticks

The Dog Saga Ends Happily

get the ball Spreckles!

Earlier someone asked how the fence was going and how the dogs are. I’m here to tell you the fence is working GREAT. Money well spent, I tell you. The neighbors are on joking terms with us now and I am sighing the biggest sigh of relief ever. Phew.

We had one instance where Holly found a gap between some sheds that line the south side of the property (where we didn’t put up a fence because the sheds acted as a wall) and escaped twice. Nothing happened. She didn’t annoy the neighbors. She just sat in the carport and waited for us to come home with her tongue hanging out like a big happy dog.

old dog

Part of me wonders if she stayed in the yard the whole time we were gone and then heard us coming and escaped to personally welcome us. Who knows. We’ve since rigged up some old fencing in that one spot and blocked it with last year’s wading pool and a wheel barrow. It’s not the prettiest but we’ve have had no further escapes.


Everyone is enjoying the freedom of a big backyard with fencing, especially Spreckles. We play out in the yard with her about a thousand times a day. Some people take smoke breaks. I take ball-throwing breaks with the dog. It does wonders for my nerves.

throw! grab the ball

My mom bought this new grabber claw thing ($5 version of the chuck-it) that saves you from having to pick up a slobbery ball and it throws great. I love it. I’m terrible at throwing and this makes it so I can actually lob the ball several feet instead of just thunking it into ground with my usual grace. Even Bug can use it. Everybody’s happy.

the claw

I even filmed a little movie with my new camera.

This may be terribly boring depending on how much you like to watch dogs and people run around in their backyards.

Then Bug shot some too against my wishes, which ended up being fine.

And of course we have outtakes.

p.s. I don’t know why Bug says sorry so much. I think it’s something I do and she copies me maybe. I don’t know…


  • gingermog

    Always a pleasure to see something with you and Bug in it. I am glad that the fence issues and also your website problems are over. Phew. Sorry I have been so awful on commenting recently I’m working on one of those jobs which just suck all of your time. you know its funny for me to see the photographs of your back yard, know you have those huge cactus’s as your living in the desert, but the garden looks so green and not unlike our gardens here at this time of the year. :)

    P.s. I hope your grandfather settles in his new home ok.

  • s

    glad the fence worked! I work from home and do the same thing as you – take breaks to throw the dogs a ball (LOVE my chuck it). Some days are too crazy and I can’t spend a lot of time throwing to them, so I take out those squeaky balls, throw just one (free hand bc I usually get the larger ones and they don’t fit my chucker) and the dogs will happily race around and play squeaking that thing like crazy (usually only lasts a couple days with the squeaker intact)

    After watching the dogs play and getting a little freshair, I find my concentration is much better back at the desk!

  • Jann

    Love to see you guys in action! Bugs voice is so cute! Makes me wonder what Clara’s voice will sound like one day.

    P.S. Love the red ballet flats and leggings! Cute!

  • Mrs. Wilson

    Oh yay! So happy you’re on good terms with your neighbors now, I can’t imagine how stressful that was.

    It looks like you guys are really enjoying having a back yard. :)

  • Becca

    You guys are adorable! Ball throwing breaks sounds like a great idea! And better than smoke breaks, you’re doing something healthy. In my case it would be catepillar fetch (my dog has a stuffed catepillar and it would be me throwing it once then chasing him for 10 minutes trying to get a hold of it again, he doesn’t get fetch).

  • Heather

    Adorable videos :) I have always thought that Bug reminded me of my little Leelah Bug, but after watching these videos I think so even more! They both have sweet little voices, features, and share a passion for pink! Not to mention they are both Bugs! :)

  • Yara

    My dogs always run to the gate to great us when they hear us pulling into the driveway… so it’s quite likely you’re right, and she just came out to say hello. Glad you figured out a way to stop the escapes, though.

    I’ve already seen the videos… and suddenly I feel a bit stalker-ish. But I’m not. I promise.

  • Abigail

    I ALWAYS love videos of people in their backyards with their dogs! Such a nice fun new thing for you guys after being yard-less at the beach.

  • Heather

    My 4 1/2 year old daughter says Sorry a lot as well. It’s usually to her Daddy though. I’m not sure why she does it either.

  • amy

    I want a Spreckles! Have always wanted a border collie mix! The Bug so cute flinging those balls around :) Glad all has worked out for you and the neighbors and am sure the dogs are just tickled!

  • BeachMama

    I love the videos :) It’s great that you can keep them contained, we have a dog in the neighbourhood that gets out and I can’t stand it especially when it comes and sits at our front window and stares at my dog. I keep threatening to let my dog out, but then I would be buying a new dog (the one that gets out is a little poodle, mine is a Huskey and he might hurt it thinking its a squirrel) So alas, I chase it home.

    I love the apologizing, Apple does that a lot when we play if only she did it regularly when she should be doing it.