With a Little Help from Our Friends

| 10/9/2014 9:05:00 AM

Of Mice and Mountain MenMy wife and I provide foster care to dogs from the Dr. Carol Hood Memorial Animal Shelter in Newport Tennessee. Piney Mountain Foster Care is a fancy name that Marie and I have adopted for these efforts to help save dogs, but it’s just a name: We are not a registered organization, let alone a tax-free entity. All of our funding comes from our own pockets. The Shelter provides kibbles and medication, we buy the pens, dog houses, crates, bedding, dishes, leashes, treats, and toys. We also erected fencing to provide a contained space for training and play.

The Current Play Yard

help from our friends - old play yard

Our current foster play yard is the space that also serves as the driveway to my woodworking workshop loading dock and lumber yard. It serves the purpose of giving the foster dogs some space to run and play. It’s a place to work at training that cannot be done in their 10-by-10 pens. We installed Critter Fence along what we call The Ridge to keep them in this space and that serves the purpose – as long as they’re not too determined to find a way out: it can be thwarted! I amended the original wooden fence and gate across the driveway to give it enough height to keep the leaper/climbers in.

help from our friends - old play yard

There is some grass, but it’s mostly gravel and slope. They don’t seem to mind: they’re just happy to get out of their pens and run a bit. A 10-by-10 covered pen with a dog house and pea gravel floor is better than they’re used to, but even that gets confining if you have to stay there full time for the 2 to 3 months it takes to cure heartworms.

2/5/2015 3:57:16 AM

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