Last week there was a crew here waterproofing the basement.  It really needed to be done and, like every project, it has turned into something major…  But that is for a different blog!

Ruby never met the workers but she did help herself to one or two of their things. Each night they would leave stuff for the next day in the driveway.  Like this blanket:

fun snap

clouds of dust

I wish I had recorded it because it was so funny watching her frolic in the yard with this trail of cement dust following her.  Of course, it was a little less funny when she was done and looking gray and feeling gritty.  Kinda like how the basement looks now.

Snow boundaries

You all know we got 30+ inches of snow that is now almost melted.  Thankfully.  I like snow but it was wreaking havoc on Ruby’s invisible fence “boundaries”.  She couldn’t find the markers that indicate where her line is and she wasn’t getting zapped when she crossed it.  There was too much snow.

I didn’t know any of this until she wasn’t in the yard a few days after the storm.  Calling for her, she came running across the field behind the house (outside her boundaries).  I couldn’t believe it!  Looking at the tracks in the snow, it was evident that she had been visiting several of her neighbors!  She was very carefree about it, too, I might add.  Sneaking out just like like a teenager!

Now what?  I had to stop this before she found the road that was back there.   Putting her training flags back up wouldn’t work because the snow was too deep.  Plus, they’re white so she wouldn’t see them anyway!  My brother, Murphy’s dad, suggested I shovel the yard so the signal would transmit through the deep snow.  I hadn’t even finished shoveling my driveway so it was hard to justify shoveling the yard!  And, that would be a huge task with the amount of snow that had drifted.  I loved that I had been able to just open the door and let Ruby out knowing she would stay in the yard.  Not anymore.  Now I would have to go outside with her until a new plan was devised.  Did I mention we got over two feet of snow?

What about those reflector things that could be driven into the frozen ground and stick out above the snow?  I thought Ruby would be able to see them day or night.  They wouldn’t zap her but they could act as her boundary “markers” and she could get a firm NO when she gets too close.  Had to be outside with her anyway!   I thought it was worth trying.

It’s amazing how, just when I think I am 1 step ahead of her, I learn that she is actually 2 steps ahead of me!  But then I gain the edge again.  Until the next thing…




We got hammered on Saturday with the biggest daily snowfall EVER for our area.  31″ of snow plus drifts that covered cars.  I had to dig out the porch steps so Ruby could go outside because the whole back of the house was one huge snowdrift.


Once Ruby got out there she was in heaven.  The snow in the yard was deeper than she is tall so it was pretty amusing to watch her jump through it.  She sorta looked like a fish flopping around.  And, of course once she comes inside, the pawballs of snow are fun to watch her deal with.  They are clumped to her belly, her ears, and her paws- and she doesn’t like them.  She must forget about them quickly because she wants to go right back outside once she’s rid herself of them.  I think she’d stay out there all night if I let her.

Nosy neighbor

Not only does Ruby keep her eye on deer, bees, squirrels, butterflies, and more outside but she has found a way to do it while she’s inside too!  She just moves the curtain aside and she can see what’s happening out front.


She spies on the neighbors across the street (the ones with the German shepherd) and, if she hears them, she takes a look.  Some might call her a nosy neighbor!  I’m going with something a bit nicer, watch dog.

Digging, part II

As you know, Ruby loves to be outside.  And to dig.  I wish I knew what made some dogs diggers and others not.  Anybody know?  If I knew I would change Ruby to a non-digger.  Immediately.


This nice new hole happens to be in the EXACT same spot as my beautiful perennial bulbs!  I don’t see any bulbs now so, if her squashing the flowers while they bloomed didn’t destroy them, her eating the bulbs sure did.  I guess I’ll have to wait and see if anything comes up next year.   As with most things Ruby, I am not hopeful.

Plus, I think I have an even bigger problem now than the perennials.  You can see she has begun to dig UNDER the cement.  That worries me more than the loss of my perennials.  Will she dig deeper and make a cave for herself?  It’s raining and muddy today, so probably.  Will something else move in there?  Not until they have the cover of darkness and Ruby is inside.  Will that cement section start to crumble rather than just crack?  I’m gonna go with “yes”.  Will I survive another 2 years with her digging?   That’s a resounding “no”.

Anybody know why some dogs are diggers?  Anybody?