Thursday, October 13, 2011

Project Patio Report

Lightning: "What do you think of this, Ciara? It looks like the project is finished."


Ciara: "Hold on a sec, Lightning. I have my eye on a bunny in the neighbor's yard."



Ciara: "OK, he disappeared now. Personally, I preferred the muddy dirt much better."





Mom: "Well, get used to it, Princess. And please leave the new sod alone. I just might have to cut off the duck jerky supply for a certain mud puppy."



Yes, the "dog" patio is more or less finished. We had it installed to try to get rid of the patch of dirt (mud) at the base of the deck stairs where we could never get grass to grow because the dogs' feet hit it so hard going up and down the stairs. There was about a one foot buffer around the completed patio where we are trying some sod. It isn't doing too well right now, but maybe with a few weeks and some persistent supervision, we can get it to grow. Right now, Ciara is exercising her "ungardening" skills in trying to remove it. Next spring we are either going to try a few shrubs around the patio or maybe just some potted plants in the corners. Mom has little hope for shrubs with three boy pups in the pack:) And yes, little Lightning, who isn't so little any more, has already learned to lift his leg at only five months old.

We will leave you with a short video of some sibe fun. Sorry there are no sightings of Phantom in the video. He has had a few off days and is preferring the sunpuddles in the family room.








Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

50 comments:

Hound Girl said...

Oh I love the brick pattern. we are having the same problem with my duo right off the deck too. We have areas fenced off in the yard right now that we are working on getting the grass to grow and be nice and plus before taking it down to better withstand the 4 legged monsters. LMAO Lil Light already lifting his leg. That cracks me up. We send our love to mr thunder.

ArtemisiaFSS said...

we love the brick pattern and think your dog patio looks very nice. Potted plants could be a very good solution for boy doggies.

We are getting a new septic system and while us cats are hiding under the furniture, Fenris is keeping an eye on things from the window and would like to be out there in the middle of them supervising and getting in the way.

Sarge said...

Wow, what a pretty patio! Perfect for warm Sibe naps in the sun. I'm thinking the planters are the way to go.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Holly Loves Art said...

The dog patio is fabulous! Lucky furkids you have there... and of course they are soooo pretty. :)

SissySees said...

Stamped concrete? I ask, because new walkways are in our future, and the Knight always kills those discussions by insisting he wants a patio off the front of the house. Yours is pretty enough that isn't as scary as it has been... but don't tell him I said that!

Kitty+Coco said...

The dog patio looks great! Nice way to handle the dirt situation. We have three bald spots in the yard, but they are randomly located. I think Dad might have gotten a little happy with the weed killer. Good luck with the shrubs!

Kitty+Coco

Sue said...

The patio is lovely. Good luck with that growing grass and shrubs business. I think I've finally given up.

Asta said...

Oooh I love youw new patio,pawfect fow bouncing balls don't wowwy, I'm suwe you'll find some mud somehow.

zooomies yeah!!!!!!
Phantom, I hope you'we going to feel bettew on the weekend aftew having a lovely sunwest
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Stella said...

Your patio stones are very nice. I love a circle! As for grass or shrubs, nothing works for us too much. But good luck at whatever you decide to do.

Cheers,

Jo and Stella

scotsmad said...

Patio looks great....hope it works.

Lightning looks like he wants to join in the game with Thunder....but isn't too sure.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Barbara said...

Gorgeous and I love the pattern!

Anna the GSD said...

Niiiice! And I love how you guys are making sure the sod is all nice and secure by trampling over it! That should help it grow even better!! ;)

Get better Mr. Phantom! Kisses!

Huffle Mawson said...

I like how towards the end, the big kids were playing and Lightning was just running around them in circles :)

Love the patio, I hope it does its job!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Gentle woos to Phantom, sending feel better energy and lots of positive thoughts. The launch pad looks great and WILL be the perfect sun warmed place for autumn Sibe naps...if the energizer bunnies ever wind down enough from their zoomies to need one!

Madi and Mom said...

OMD/OMC I know you did not ask, and probably don't want, my feline opinion...but that never stopped me (MOL) here goesL
You 4 beautiful woofies are the luckiest woofies to have 2 leggers who installed a special paw landing pad just for your tooties. Just think how nice it will feel come winter not to be stepping in a puddle of cold mud that might require you all to have the dreaded "b" word.
Hugs from your BFFF,
Madi

Madi and Mom said...

PS Mom has an opinion too (Southern girls give opinions free of charge BTW)!! The patio is gorgeous....I love the pattern what perfect solution to your problem.
Mom

Maggie and Mitch said...

We love the new patio! It's very pretty and we hope it keeps the dirt and mud down for your mom!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Frankie Furter said...

ZOOOOOOOOOMIES... WHEEEEEEE

Stewey said...

I love zoomies too! My mom really likes your patio!
Stewey

Soggibottom said...

Gardens are great aren't they ?
But in the deepest darkest Winter :-) do you really go out and kiss your plants. Although I know I will visit or apple tree :-) BABIES OR GARDEN?
Is there a choice :-) ?
:-) x x x Babies win :-) x x x

Two French Bulldogs said...

To bad they didn't keep a little mud box for ya
Benny & Lily

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Oooo. We has one of those pawtios at the bottom of our deck steps, too coz of the muds mom says. But see, when you dig (on that new sod there) make sure your behind is on the pawtio so when the dirt kicks back on it, it makes mud ON the pawtio. Ingenious, no?

Tucker The Crestie said...

Love the new deck! Looks great!

Amber DaWeenie said...

The patio looks very nice!

Gee, remember when you had to keep a leash on Lightning so he wouldn't slip through the fence??

Kari in Vegas said...

The patio looks great

Kari
dogisgodinreverse.com

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

LOVE the patio!

Of course Lightning is lifting his leg, already. he has a couple of great mentors!

Tessa the Maltese said...

Oh Mom just LOVEs the new bricks. She says that they are just beautiful!

But I agree with Benny and Lily, how about a kiddie pool of mud? No, well it sure sounds good to me!

Such a beautiful yard. I LOVE nice short gree grass! I don't have much of it cause we live in the woods. So maybe I'll come visit you all hows that?

woos, Tessa

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

That looks fabulous! We've wanted to do that here for a while too. Maybe one day...

AROOOOF!
Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Well, that looked like fun. We need a nap after watching all that exercise.

Biloxi and Siber-sibs said...

Harooo Effuryone,
We jest love your new patio. Dat wood be great fur sunning ourselves.

Haroo Lightning! I am Biloxi and I have 4 siber sibs, Vada, Danya, Ivanna and Nikita. Glad to meet woo!

Husky kisses,
Biloxi

houndstooth said...

That brick pattern is beautiful! I love that idea. I'd be happy to send you our forsythia bush! I doubt anything could kill that!

Bunny and her mom

Tweedles -- that's me said...

The video was just beautiful! Watching the furrys playing and running and having a grat time!
They are so gorgeous, and you are right,, Lightning is not little anymore!
The patio has an awsome design,, oh we love it MORE than any we have ever seen.
Thank you for sharing the happy video
love
tweedles

Painter Pack said...

What a wonderful video of woo all playing! I especially likes the zoomies!! And little Lightning is growing up so fast!

MBB

The Bleu said...

LOVE your new outdoor decor. I know how hard it is to train the young ones, but your post gives me hope that it can be done! [Ciara and Lightning are WAY advanced!]

BeadedTail said...

Your patio is very pretty! We like the design! It looks like a great place to hang out before doing those zoomies! I wish I could do zoomies with you since whenever I try to do those with my sisfurs I get in trouble since Mommy thinks I'll hurt them. Whatever. I'll dream of zooming with all of you!

Woos,
Sadie

24 Paws of Love said...

I love the brick! Very nice! And just think every time the dogs come down and run on it, they'll be filing their nails at the same time! Brilliant!!

the_Dogfather said...

Awesome!! Can someone pls fetch these pups a couple of loungers and some martinis? Lol!

Cheyenne -Millie said...

Oh! We do like that new patio! We needs something like that here! You are looking good!

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Aww, what a fine puppy patio!

bichonpawz said...

We just love the patio...the pattern is superb!! Love the video too...you guys are always having fun!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Everybuddy, your paving is fabulous but mud is always the best. Great zoomies and we can't believe how tall Lightning is now. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Mango said...

The patio is freakin' awesome!

Mango Momma

sagechronicles said...

Love your new patio, but I know what you mean about shrubs surviving male dogs! I ended up potting everything that wasn't behind some kind of fence!

The Thuglets said...

We love your new patio! We are sure you are going to spend some splendid time on it.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

It will certainly help to keep you and your Mom's carpet cleaner - Love the video, nothing like a good game of bitey face.

road-dog-tales said...

Love your new patio! Mom thinks that design is super cool and artistic :) Fun video, too!

Hope the sunpuddles made Phantom feel better!

The Road Dogs

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

It's unanimous: the moms love the patio and the doggies love the mud. Mama is decidedly envious of your lovely, sturdy new patio. And we do have enough mud in the rest of the yard that we could spot her a patio.

Jed & Abby

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

When in doubt:

DIG!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Sagira said...

Your new patio sure is beautiful. I loved watching you guys play in the video to.

ps. Sorry about all these comments in a row we only get to visit once a week b/c of moms OT but we want to go back and read all we missed from the week. :)

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Yes, the dogs are so hard on the greens...I've given up on parts of my yard!

Nice zoomies!