I was gathering stuff up to finish The Big Fencing Project now that the posts are all set, and asking the guy there about how to attach the wire to the posts, wire to tension the corner/endposts, and especially how to join and then stretch 3 sets of 100 foot 2"x4" wire. I'd told him it was for dogs. He kept looking at me weird as I was peppering him with questions and finally waved his hands and laughingly said:
"Well... you're not keeping BUFFALO in or anything like that."
Obviously he hasn't met Rogan. Heh.
Another notable quotable was a sarcastic "Well, with a dog fence like this you'll be the envy of all your neighbors." I quickly informed him that 1. the neighbors most likely won't even see this fence (not that I care) and 2. the object of this exercise is to keep 3 GSPs from rampaging through the county, plus maybe keeping stray critters out.
I *think* he started getting the picture once I mentioned that these were not just DOGS, but POINTERS. You think that would explain the chick building the UltraMax containment system? Sheesh.....
Meg we have had Rocky's fence for 2 years now and thought I would share few GSP dog friendly things once you have your fence built. Since there are alot of highlifter male dogs that visit including Rocky, I have flowers planted in half barrels. Also I have gotten into high deck planters out of male wee wee range. Two chuckets and a basket of tennis balls and chairs lined around for doggy tennis ball toss. We also have a cattle watering tank for dogs to jump into. I do have a small tub for the shorter Yorkies, Fox Hounds that come to visit. Being a wood fence we had to dig and place boards underneathe so rabbits and other critters can't get thur. Before we built this fence, I also sent my neighbors letters telling them this would be a Dog Privacy Fence to keep dogs safe that came to visit and especially our GSP Rocky. We love it and Rocky has never tried to dig under and is always happy to return to it when we come back from our long walks out in the fields behind us. Good luck with your new fence you will love it
LOL... I think we've got something totally different in mind!
We have 3 acres and after nearly 5 years are finally applying PERMINANT fencing to the perimeter of the dog yard. Since the house and the shed are part of the enclosure, the 300' of 2"X4" 48" tall wire mesh will end up making the dimensions 129' long x 66' wide. A hot wire will be on the inside 4" or 6" off the ground, and I'll string at least one hot wire on the top (posts are about 5' tall).
This is a 'sacrifice' area since we don't have irrigation and the dogs tend to craterize the place for entertainment (that sand sure flys when the hounds are really going at it, LOL). We actually tucked the fence in a little on the house side so it would miss the apple tree you see in the upper picture... didn't want Los Tres Horribles chewing it up. Stranger things have happened. All plant life I care about is OUTSIDE the fence.
I will be slapping up a web page on the project when it's done. In the meantime I'm keeping track of our progress in a personal blog with pictures.
We live 10 miles outside Ellensburg WA. Yup, very dry... in our area probably 10-12" of precip a year, and a lot of that is winter snow.
You are right Meg, our fences are day and night in comparison. Privacy fence was must in our mid west town location. You see the road behind our fence? Every dog in the neighborhood is walked back there and you know if I had a chain link Rocky would be barking at them and we would be fined as our town has a barking rule. So fortunate our fenced worked for Rocky as once inside his guard goes down and has no need to lookout and bark. By looking at your terraine, I would go with container gardening outside the dog fence. Again best of luck and looking forward to your end results of this mega fence project
I know exactly what you mean. We put in a wall of cheap hay bales on the east side of the kennels for noise abatement, shade, and to block the (rare but in winter bitterly cold) east wind. It was also to cut down on the 'visual input' level when the dogs were lounging on the floor of the kennels to keep barking down.
Fortunately the area behind the house is for the most part fairly low-stimulation.