Man Pippi is a determind little tart.
We have a gate at the side of the house, its made of metal bars and is about 7 ft tall. The bars are quite wide apart so its covered in puppy mesh and then also has a piece of ply jammed in around it.
Well, my naughty little wants to take herself out and about dog has managed to break through.
She escaped on Friday at 8.30 or so in th emorning. Everybody had already left for work. Luckily the OH was working at the neighbours across the road. He was up a ladder and heard Barney screaming (obviously annoyed he couldnt fit through the same gap as pippi) and the OH looks over and sees little miss sniffing round the front lawn.
She has now been relegated to permanent inside status unless supervised until I decide what I am going to do about it.
I have thought about a zip line for her but not that keen in case she somehow gets twisted or hung or whatever.
Have looked into dog runs, and my god they are expensive.
Anyway, I have eventually ended up looking at chicken coops. Perfect as the come with a "kennel" and a beautifully made area for the "dog". There are some quite big ones (6ft tall x 3 metres long x 1.5 wide) and they are reasonably priced. You can buy extensions too so I figure I cant get one and then put an extension on it and Barney can go in it too (obviously he wont fit in the coop so will put something in for him) but there is a couple of issues I have with it.
1. There is no floor. The wire is only on the sides. What do you guys reckon I can do to stop Pippi digging under while allowing the run/coop to be moveable so its not just in one place in the yard? Can I stick wire on the bottom or will it be bad for their feet?
2. Strength....these are obviously made to house chickens. Do you think they will be stong enough to house the dogs? I dont thnk barney will bother tryng to get out, he is good like that but Pippi may try and chew through th wire. What say you?
Falling on eof these, I am going to have to attempt to build me own (which will probably look quite huckery LOL)