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  • Living with Dogs - Doggy doors that lock

  • The old farmhouse was built many years before central heat or central air so with the change of seasons comes the change from storm windows to window air conditioning units.
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  • The old farmhouse was built many years before central heat or central air so with the change of seasons comes the change from storm windows to window air conditioning units.
    The meat of the cooling is done with a large 220 unit that fits best in one of the bays windows of the living room, but it’s short about 14 inches from filling the hole.
    Last year to save myself makes two space fillers, I slide the unit all the way to one side of the window and stuck in kind of a flimsy corrugated plastic panel.
    I say flimsy because at the first crack of thunder that spring Lightning and Hudson went through the plastic like Tiger football players through the banner at the start of a home game.
    From that point on the void turned into a doggy door. I didn’t mind it so much knowing that the dogs could get into the house when it stormed without scratching the paint off one of the storm doors.
    However after coming home one too many times to find the living room floor covered with big balls of fur, scraps from a potato chip bag and the television left on tuned to Animal Planet I decided this year I would center the AC unit and remove the doggy door.
    Sounded like a great plan.
    As the spring storms started rolling through this year I would have to let the dogs in anytime there was a chance of a storm I'd have to get up to let them in, let them out, or tell them to "shut up and go back to sleep."
    A couple weeks ago I was sleeping peacefully in my bed when Lightning woke me up at about midnight, and 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
    “What is the deal, it’s not storming, there’s no coyotes you need to go chase off, and Hudson is not laying in your spot. Go lay down.”
    About 6 a.m. when Lightning woke me up with even more urgency I got out of bed and shuffled sleepily over to the front door.
    Usually when I let him out, Lightning walks out with an indignant, and slow, “took you long enough” attitude. This morning he didn’t. He shot out the door like the end of the world was coming and he was the only one that could save it. A quick turn around the corner of the porch and he all but skidded to a stop leavingt a pile of something that didn’t agree with him on the front lawn.
    I found out later that he didn’t manage to hold all of it for the front lawn, hence the wake up calls at 2 and 3 a.m. He was nice enough to force open the door to the laundry room where the floor is linoleum instead of carpet.
    Page 2 of 2 - The next weekend I slide the AC unit over and put in a nice clear plastic doggy door.
    Yesterday while I was sitting in my easy chair watching television, Hudson came bounding through the door about three feet from my recliner, muddy wet and smelling of skunk. He stopped long enough to shake vigorously coating everything from the coffee table to the television in the muddy stank droplets as I jumped from the chair to heard him back out the front door.
    This weekend we’re going shopping for a doggy door with locks.

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