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The Finishing Touch for The Dogs’ Backyard

Now that we have discussed how I want to build a pergola, and what I want to do with the porch, I want to add one little bit of a finishing touch on my dogs’ backyard.

In our backyard, attached to our house, we have a small outdoor closet that is meant for gardening tools, and that closet has a closet that contains our hot-water heater. We had haphazardly hung a door by it’s hinges, and nailed it shut in the door frame to the hot-water heater closet space. We have been using the main portion of the outdoor closet as a shelter area for our dogs. Having this closet for the dogs makes it easier to feel at ease when I put the dogs outside to play when I leave the house, and won’t be back until late, and there’s a surprise rainstorm.

The closet is a mess. The shelves have, I don’t even know what, on them from whatever the house’s previous owners left up there. There is a bird’s nest in one of the shelves, with three thriving baby bluebirds, constantly crying for mom. The door we nailed shut in the water heater doorway had to be un-nailed, and remains swinging open. There are leaves and cobwebs, and I don’t even want to know how much birds drop, all in the closet. I need to get in there and seriously clean it out. Of course, I will leave the bird’s nest undisturbed until the birds have grown up and flown away.

Here are my real plans for the closet space:

I want to hang the door correctly, with a working doorknob. Then, I want to install the giant water cooler with filter water dish for dogs. It needs to be the kind that circulates a large volume of water, and keeps the water moving, because I don’t want mosquitoes thinking that this will be their new breeding ground. Also, my dogs are big boys. They can drink a lake. If I leave them all day, I want to know they have enough water, with no doubt. I also want two of the dog food storage and dispenser units, with a timer. I hope this will be sealed well enough to keep ants and bugs out? I’ll set the timer for the same time on both of them to prevent one greedy puppy gobbling up both bowls of food. Of course, I will change the water and the food frequently, and my boys will never be unattended for an overnight trip or anything. I just  want to make sure if I have to be away for 8-10 hours, they will be well provided for. Another thing, I want two more of those hammock dog beds. One for each of them.

The biggest thing I want to do is a bit difficult, and I don’t know if I am going to be able to do it. I have an outdoor metal door on the closet, and this project will probably mean that I have to change the door. Currently, the closet door is open enough for the boys to get into the closet and feel protected from the elements. What’s better would be a closed closet door, with a big doggy door installed. The closet has a light. I can put a low watt bulb in, and leave it on when I leave for a long day. This doggy door allows maximum protection from those big, drenching, thunder and lightening rain storms. It allows for maximum warmth if it’s cold outside. Maybe on cold days, I can put some blankets in their room. My Oobie Dooby is allergic to hay, so that isn’t an option. I’m not sure how to handle if it’s too hot outside. Maybe I will look into a really big ice pack to set underneath the dog beds, and they can feel cooled down when the cool air circulates around them from the ice pack? I usually just keep them inside, in the air conditioned house.

I’m just trying to think of something for those unexpected times that get out of hand. That’s when I really worry about my boys. If they’re in the house, they’re going to have to use the bathroom, and if they soil in the house, they feel so terrible after, and I can’t be mad, because it’s my fault for being so late. Alternatives. That’s all I’m looking for here. Cozy, comfortable, five star hotel-like alternative accommodations for the most spoiled puppies I know.

This tiny closet “dog-bedroom” concludes my backyard decorating project. Join me soon for my next decorating project!

Posted in Backyard Puppies

Don’t Forget the Puppies!

You didn’t think I forgot about the puppies, did you? Of course not!

As you could see from the picture of my backyard (a few posts ago), the boys already have a pool to play in. However, I am unhappy with this pool. It stays open all the time, collecting muck and bugs, but most disgusting of all, it is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. I can’t have that! My solution is to buy a pool with a lid. I will place the pool in the center of the cement portion of the patio for the best amount of sunlight, and least amount of muck to be tracked into it. I have a little confession to make about the pool, though. The boys believe it is for them to have fun in, splash in, play in, and drink out of. Please don’t tell them that I fully intend on using it to hose them down and give them a good soapy bath in every now and then. That will be our little secret.

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There is something else I plan on giving the boys. I intend on giving them outdoor beds. The beds will be like little hammocks made especially for dogs. It will keep them off the ground when it’s chilly outside, and when it’s hot, air will circulate around their whole bodies, keeping them cooler. As a bonus, not only will it help prevent bugs from crawling on them, but it will be much more comfortable than the hard ground. Hmm. Now that I’m thinking about hammocks. I may just go right ahead and put a hammock for myself under the pergola, right next to the cold drink cooler.

I do believe I have just created a beautifully decorated backyard, perfectly suited to two very spoiled puppy dogs.

Posted in Backyard Pergola

DIY Pergola

There are some rather important things to consider before running off to buy the lumber. We can start with knowing what the best building material is for this project. I am rather partial to the look, smell, and durability of cedar, and it is within my budget, so that is the material I am going to choose for my pergola.

Another important question is: How do I measure for a pergola? I’m going to need the outside post dimensions, the overall size of the pergola, including the shade/canopy overhang, and the height. Because my porch is attached to my house, I also have to consider the height of the roof’s overhang. I’ll also need the correct mounting hardware, such as anchors to secure the footing of the structure onto the porch, and I’ll need the correct tools.

Finally, I need to know what I want my pergola to look like. In this case, I will want it to be practical in use, with no fancy angles or arches. I will want it as high as my roof-line will allow. I already mentioned that I want it to extend past the porch to cover the grills. There are a few more details that need to be examined about the style of the pergola, including if I want a decorative roof, and fancy cut wood, or if I want a simple squared, and lined, box like structure like the pergola below. I want something a little bit more decorative, but not much.

Now that we have considered all the details, let’s look at a video that shows us a walk-through of a person building a pergola. I chose this video because the pergola he builds resembles the one that I would like for my patio.


I feel like we’re really getting somewhere! In my next post, let’s decorate my new living space!


Posted in Backyard Disaster

Backyard Disaster

This is my disaster of a backyard. I cannot help but see all the potential that it has to become an amazing outdoor living space.My first idea is that the back patio is an empty nothingness of wasted space, and needs to become an inviting outdoor room. One of the first things I can do to frame the space, and add some much needed shade, is build a pergola.

Messy backyard.
This is my disaster of a backyard. I cannot help but see all the potential that it has to become an amazing outdoor living space. Copyright (C)


The pergola needs to extend just enough past the patio, to cover a portion of the cemented area, and offer a location with shade for the grills. Can you picture it? The large grill will remain where it is, and the smaller grill will be placed where the green table is now. The green table will be used as patio furniture in a little bit. The low green metal table will be moved to the patio for use as furniture as well. Now that we have the key pieces in place, in my next post, let’s discuss building the pergola.

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Posted in Decorating the Backyard

Banished Puppies Need an Inviting, Comfortable Backyard.

Miserable dogs.
Just look at those pitiful faces, all miserable because their porch does not have a pergola for shade, and they don’t have a fancy room to relax in. Copyright (C)

Is there anything more heartbreaking than puppies, who have been banished to the backyard, begging at the back door to be let back inside? I know it is a beautiful spring day, with perfect temperatures, and they have all the water and shade that they need to keep cool and hydrated.

However, I also know that my boys deserve the best, and our backyard is not at its best. In the next several posts, let’s explore some ideas on how to make it the perfect environment for Lux (my golden boy) and Oobie Dooby (who loves everybody he meets) to romp and play, or lazily bask in the sun.