Sun dog

Sun dog

Stella spends more time laying in the sun these days. It undoubtedly feels good on her eleven year old self. though still pretty spry she’s a step slower, sleeps a little more. We all age and a part of the bargain of having dogs is that we watch them age and almost always have to let go of them before we ourselves go. I’m very rarely sad about her aging. It’s the way of things, the way of life and I accept it.

Achilles, resting


Several years ago Achilles and I participated in a fund-raising walk for the local chapter of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA). It was a natural thing to do since I adopted him from a shelter. It was a warm and humid day which made the stroll, largely out in the sun, less than easy. We took a break when we got in the shade of some tall trees. What a good boy he was that day, and is to this day.

Garden fencing up

In previous years we fenced off a small portion of the yard for our vegetable garden, using chicken wire. That served the purpose yet was usatusfactory for several reasons. This year we decided to greatly expand our garden and concomitantly use a less flimsy barrier. We agreed to fence off the entire portion of the yard 8′ in from the east chain link fence. This not only encloses our current and expanded garden, it allows for future expansion and protects our compost piles from three marauding dogs named Achilles, Kendal, and Stella.

We bought a 100′ roll of 16 gauge rabbit fencing with a 2″ x 2″ opening size and a few more 4′ steel posts. We put the posts up using orange tape as a rough straight line.


Then I unrolled the fence. We will have two gates, one allowing quick access to the compost piles and one quick access from the house into the garden and the staging area (background, near the shed).


We used one zip tie per post to ‘tack’ it into place while I wired the fence to each post. Faye keeps working in the raised bed as I get the fence up.


Kendal is unimpressed with our work.


Fence is up!


We have more work to do. It includes taking the slack out of the fence, installing permanent gates, roto-tilling after the ground dries a little more, mulching, and relocating the clothes line.