Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Probably not a good idea
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.