He's still very wild in the new house and doesn't listen to us very well at all since moving here. And because he's stopped listening to us, he's not getting nearly enough play time outside because he runs away. And I don't blame him - you can't very well explain to a dog that he can never go home again. He was taken away from his home one day, brought to this house, and can't go back home again.
Our first priority when we bought this house was fencing in the backyard for him. We have a huge yard and he'll have over 1/2 an acre to play in. Seems to be easy enough to fence in a yard, but no. All we've done is jump through hoops for the last month and we're still not much closer to fencing in the yard for the poor crazy puppy.
The first step was to decide what to do with the septic system that was failing because there's no sense in putting up a fence just to have it taken down so that we can get big equipment into the backyard. Here's the steps we have to take to get a fence:
- Septic inspection. DONE
- Have borings taken from multiple sites in the yard. DONE
- Submit borings to the county health department and obtain permit. DONE
- Get specs back from the health department.
- Install septic filter and riser.
- Get 3 quotes from fencing companies. DONE
- Have lawn surveyed and staked.
- Call 3 utilities and have lawn flagged.
- Call sprinkler system company and have lawn flagged.
- Choose 1 quote and obtain written estimate and sketch. DONE
- Submit written estimate and sketch to HOA.
- Wait 10 days for HOA approval.
- Hire fencing company.
- Wait 10 days for fence to be installed.
As you can see, I've only accomplished 5 of the 14 steps in the past month. Waiting, find next hoop, jump through it, wait again, and repeat. It's getting really old. And the crazy puppy is not happy with us.
Today, I'm going to to go ahead and call about the septic filter, call the survey company, call the sprinkler people and submit the estimate to the HOA. Even though we don't have the specs from the county health department yet, I'm going to take a leap of faith as I jump through the hoops and just hope that everything will turn out okay.
Because I'm the one that's home with the crazy puppy all day long and the expression on that face is killing me.
And it also might have something to do with Tom's very expensive leather shoes that got eaten two days ago. :p