Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Probably not a good idea

There are some days when the girls refuse to want to do anything we propose.  All they do is yell "NO", cry, and attack one another.  Sometimes they attack Mama, but that doesn't end well for them.  Once, they attacked Papa.  It hasn't happened a second time.

I think I have the answer!

We have a wonderful dog run in the back yard.  For you city folk, a dog run is simply a pulley suspended on a cable, strung between two immovable objects - trees in our case.  Our two dogs seem to enjoy it immensely, so why wouldn't the girls?  Since we already have the line up, and a dual lead, all I need to do is figure out some way to hook the girls up.

They could then run back and forth, barking at the neighbors and playing in the rocks, all without fear of escape.  The area has plenty of shade, so all we'd need to do is set out a bowl of water in case they get thirsty.  What could go wrong? 

Obviously, trying to get the girls worn out with minimal effort on my behalf is the primary goal.  Making sure our crazy neighbors don't call the police is second, and safety is somewhere up there as well.

Here's what I've come up with so far:

1 - I could put them in a pair of jeans, and attach the lead to their belt loops.  Probably the best idea, but still it has drawbacks.  Strangulation, losing the children to the department of child and family services, and serious injury are just a few.  

2 - I could use the harnesses we have for taking the dogs on walks, when we used to take them on walks.  Scratch this one, the harness is too small. 

3 - Mama could sew a metal ring (see #10) into their jackets with her new sewing machine.  On second thought...

4 - I could just wrap the line around their waist and clip the lead to itself. 

Upon further review, unless any of you have a good idea for a safer connection, I've decided to pass on this.  While it seemed like a good idea when I started writing this, the possible bad outcomes outweigh the good one.

While the dogs have never been injured out there, they don't have opposable thumbs.  I'm sure my little Houdini girls would figure out a way to escape and roam the neighborhood.


Derek Aldrich said...

They make a wearable harness for parents with kids in busy places. You could always put them in one of those then attach said harness to the dog run.

Another issue is your dogs may get jealous and want to run with the girls.

Helene said...

I was just thinking of the same thing as the previous person. A wearable child's harness. I used them on Cole and Bella when they were little!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

This reminds me of business analysis...a thorough exploration of the current situation, and an outline of all possible options.

Glad working through the process led you to the best solution for your family.