Anyone who has a Newfoundland or multiple large dogs know that it’s very difficult to have nice things for long.
At no fault of their own, they are just hard on anything that they come in contact with.
What’s yours is theirs and what’s theirs is theirs.
Carpet, floors, walls, yards, baseboards, cabinets, furniture, grass, flowers, car interiors, windows. You name it. It doesn’t last long or it doesn’t last at all.
This weekend we were reminded of that as we started preparing our backyard for summer.
We have an average size yard. It’s not too big and it’s not too small.
It would actually be bigger if it wasn’t broken into sections.
But it has to be broken into sections because we have a dog that likes to eat rocks.
So be it.
We’ll address those sections later in the summer as we tear our deck down in order to expand the yard.
Right now we’re focusing on the biggest section of the yard. The part where ALL dogs can go.
It’s slowly coming along. The grass is finally growing in where the pool once stood. (for anyone who has multiple large dogs you understand what a win that this)
Actually the grass is the best it’s looked in years. Nice and thick and filled with dandelion wishes.
And we finally saved up enough money to buy a new gazebo to replace the one we lost a few years ago during a bad summer storm.
This was the weekend to finally set that up.
A few minutes after my husband began the assembly I came out to help.
Of course the dogs followed me up and as soon as they did my husband shot me the death glare.
“What? They want to be outside helping too.” I said.
“If you or them destroy this before I even get it up I’m going to be very mad.”
(That may not of been his exact words but I’ll keep this post PG-13.)
And then Leroy walked into the one side of the gazebo that wasn’t secured yet and knocked it over.
It came crashing down.
I stood there frozen refusing to make eye contact with my husband.
We headed in the house with our tails between our legs.
A few hours later we were allowed back out again and both the boys peed on opposite corners of the gazebo.
The gazebo remained nice and new for a total of 25 minutes. Perhaps a new household record.
So what about you? How long can you have a nice things?