Friday, September 23, 2016

Pooches vs Stairs Part III

A has requested that we put up more gates around the house to keep Mr. B from going up and down the stairs all the time. I was hesitant of installing any more gates, not because of the time required to install the gates or that they would clash with our decor, but that it really meant that Mr. B was too old for our stairs. We already had one gate built and installed that led to our basement, where we have the most pee-able lawn aka carpeting for Miss M.
For the rest of the house, we wanted something more discrete and out of the way, so we purchased retractable screen gates and installed them on all of our landings, except for the landing in the basement where we kept the white gate.
They are a nice deterrent and they hold up well, except Miss M was able to pull one of the mounts from the wall when she jumped on the gate. To prevent that from happening again, I screwed in all the mounts into our wall studs and used longer screws than the ones provided.
Since we are always running up and down the stairs because of Baby K, it is nice to know that we can keep Mr. B and Miss M from following us up and down the stairs.
As an added bonus, the gate upstairs actually prevents Miss M from going downstairs in the middle of the night for a potty break in our living room. Miss M can now go the entire night without any accidents in the house.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Daily Walk: Still Walking

People that do not know the pooches are always amazed to hear that Miss M is 12 years old and Mr. B is 13. We credit their health to their diet (a post for another day: we prepare their meals the night before and it takes over 10 minutes to set up and place in the refrigerator) and our long walks.
Even with the arrival of Baby K, we still get the pooches out for their daily walks. In fact, we go on extended daily walks more often now, but unlike their 5 mile walks in the past, our walks are now at most 3 miles. Like Mr. B, Baby K loves the outdoor and cannot get enough of it.
Unlike before, it takes us a lot of planning to get out the door for our walks. As we have written before, I use a baby carrier, because a stroller is just too hard to navigate through the sometimes crowded streets of Chicago with a social butterfly pulling one arm to meet every human.
Not only do we have to make sure that the water bottle and bags of treats are filled for the pooches, we now have a diaper bag to maintain and a mat to carry for impromptu picnics, movies or plays.
But once we are out the door, our walks are pretty much the same as they were in the past, only a lot slower. Miss M still meets all of her people and it seems like more people are approaching the pooches than in the past, we think Baby K is making the pooches even more approachable.
Though Miss M would rather stay at home,
We don't think Miss M could go a day without saying hi to all of her adoring fans, which can be quite exhausting.
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