Sunday, January 14, 2018

Our DIY Doggy Gates Have Been Installed

On December 20th, Lisa and I completed a DIY Dog Mom Project that we've been wanting to make for a long time. We repurposed a bunch of scrap wood into 2 gorgeous DIY Doggy Gates. One was for us. The other was a Christmas gift for our upstairs neighbor friend, K. Once done, Lisa and I both radiated with pride. Lisa purchased all of the hardware to install the gates including latch locks. Unfortunately, the weather forced Lisa to postpone installing the DIY Doggy Gates. Between the deep freeze that lasted for almost 2 weeks, a blizzard, and temperatures close to 60 and a massive rain and wind storm, she wasn't able to install gates until today.

The weather was 'bout near perfect.

Installing the gates took a little longer than expected, but once finished, I was thoroughly impressed. I'm so proud of us. This is one of the many ways Lisa and I balance each other out. She cuts, builds, sands, creates fun pieces like the dog bone and installs. I work my magic with paint, custom lettering, handpainted designs, and whatever else is needed like dog beds, quilts, pillows, etc.  At the end of the day, it all comes together.

Total. Dog. Mom. Pride. 

I love our DIY Doggy Gates for so many reasons.

It's an added layer of projection just in case we step out the front door and one of our kids decides to bolt. In almost 6 years, that's only happened once and that was because a family member held open the door while being sidetracked. But still, despite our best efforts, it could happen again. With the DIY Doggy Gate, they would be confined to the porch. No place to go.

During the warm weather months, I can sit outside and have one or two of our kids on the porch with me at a time. If Lisa joins us, we can have all four. The DIY Doggy Gate provides total security for the kids.

The DIY Doggy Gate also gives us protection. Last year, at 3:30 in the morning, Lisa and I were on the front porch and a large dog ran up the side of the house to the front porch. Had this dog been aggressive, neither one of us would have time to escape back inside. With the gate, we'd have more than enough time.

In addition, over the past 5 1/2 years, we've seen an abundance of large wildlife within roaming our neighborhood including coyotes. The DIY Doggy Gate would obviously provide some sort of protection.

To date, this is our biggest DIY Dog Mom Project yet, but I don't think that record is going to hold too long. Next weekend, Lisa will be building a DIY Indoor Dog House because that's what Lobo wants for his 3 Year Gotcha Day.

When that's done, that will hold the crown for the biggest DIY Dog Mom Project to date.

I'll keep you posted on that...

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