Happy Memorial Day! Yes, I realize this Oh, Happy Day! post is a day late, but you know what? We’re rollin’ on stay-cation time.
Miss Happy sure is glad to have both her momma and pops home from work. There’s nothing she likes more than having us both within eyesight at the same time. Except maybe… having free range of the house.
This past week, Ryan and I have been experimenting with leaving Happy in the kitchen area while we are away at work. As you know, we went through a period where we felt guilty about leaving her in her crate. Although we resolved that issue and she began to like her crate (she even began to go in it by herself!), we felt like it was time to test drive her big-girl pants and see how she’d do on her own.
Enter: The Baby Gate.
Back when we first got Happy, Ryan and I hit up Target to purchase a gate of some sort that would help keep her in the kitchen area, as the tile-only floor makes for a quick clean-up for, you know…inevitable accidents.
We had the gate all setup before we even brought her home. We thought it was going to be fool-proof and that she’d have a nice, secluded area where we wouldn’t have to worry about her getting into anything (like, uhh… chewing on wires or furniture).
Yeah, well, turns out that our new fur-baby was one skinny-mini.
And still is. To this day.
When we brought Happy home and tested out the “Happy-proof” barricade back in October, she stared at the gate, looked up at us on the other side of said gate, and slid her way right through the bars. She didn’t even have to wiggle her way through. This dog, my friends, is quite a beanpole. (Looks like the Happs and I have even more in common… remember the grays?). Ryan and I thought that Happy would “fill out” by the time spring rolled around and that we would be able to leave her in the kitchen without any problem.
Yep. That never happened. (And yes, we feed her ample amounts of puppy-dog-food – the stuff is dripping in calories. It seems like this dog burns 1000 calories by the simple act of blinking.)
Needless to say, our little beanpole is stillsmall enough to fit through the baby gate bars.
I present to you, Miss Happy Houdini:
****Seven minutes later****
She’s pretty good, right?
Nevertheless, Ryan and I found a way to further blockade Happy in the kitchen.
So, this is where I need advice from you guys! Obviously, our new and “classy décor” has been able to keep Happy where we want her when we’re gone… But, it’s not exactly aesthetically appealing to the eye.
What types of things can we do to further “Happy-proof?” the baby gate??We’ve tried rope, but she was chewing on it within 5 minutes and getting shreds of the rope in her mouth… and I sure don’t want her swallowing any of that!
Any ideas? We’re all ears.