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