When the hubs and I went out for a rare trip to the cinema to see Avatar, we caught the trailer for Despicable me:
It wasn’t til just recently that I noticed we have a despicable dawg under our own roof.Â Can you see the similarities?
The likeness extends beyond the silhouette.Â Our puppy Reebs has taken to leaving us “presents” around the house.Â Understandable perhaps when we are gone from the house and the dogs are kept inside.Â Not so much when we are both here and she has free access to the yard.
Solution?Â Install a doggy door.Â With the exception of the property we rented when we first moved to NC, we’ve had dog doors in all our houses, and so all the dogs have experience usingÂ them.Â Everyone except Arriba.
This time round, Rick wanted to install the dog door in the exterior wall, rather than the back door. In the past, we’ve had issues with the dog door being fully waterproof because it tends to sit unevenly in the door paneling.Â
The dog door was surprisingly easy to install.Â Cut out hole in interior and exterior wall using the template provided.Â Laugh at dogs pondering the new hole:
Try to stop chihuahua from using dog door without steps:
Next, screw the exterior side of the dog door into the studs.Â
Although it was notÂ in the instructions provided with the dog door, we went ahead and installed an additional wooden threshold under the door frame – this was to provide extra support for the dawgs as they come through the door.Â The last step was to screw in the door from the inside and caulkÂ around the frame outside.
Â And voila!, one dog door installed…
It was quite gratifying to see the dogs use the door for the first time.Â It’s amazing that they didn’t forget how to use it after three years without a dog door.Â Ok, it’s not rocket science, but the little things get us excited round here.
We’re planning on eventually replacing those old deck steps, but for now they do their job well enough.Â Reebs has taken a little time to get used to the door.Â But with sufficient coaxing (i.e. treats) she has startedÂ using it really well!Â No more despicable Reebs.