Yesterday we received this comment from Abby Lab.
"Mom can't figure out how your house always looks so spotlessly clean with all of those paws in and out. We have hardwood, and it always looks like it needs a mopping.
Mom said not to be fooled by that "whitish" carpet. It is actually pretty dirty and needs a good cleaning. But she keeps saying not until the muddy yard is really dry. And our hardwoods always need a mopping. Meanwhile she takes other measures to help prevent the muddy pawprints through the family room. We think it amounts to total Momster Mischief.
The only way for us to get outside to our outdoor kingdom and then back inside is through the door that leads to the deck. The other back door goes into the garage. If we were to use that door through the garage, Mom would have to leash us and walk us around the side of the house and in through the gate. That doesn't work for her at all.
The view headed to OUTSIDE via the deck door.
The view as we come IN from the deck door entry. Outside door on the left at the front of photo and kitchen gate on the left at the far end of photo. The other gate more to the right keeps us from gaining access to the formal living room, dining room, and upstairs.
Whoever designed this house decided to leave a hardwood pathway along the carpet of the family room. Years ago Mom used plastic runners to protect the carpet, but the plastic runners had spikes on the backside of them and that would scratch the floors. If she used the runners without the spikes, the runners would move out of place all the time. When Mom and Dad decided to replace the family room carpeting a few years ago, the salesman told her about another option. He recommended that long runner you see in the photos above. Mom found a remnant of a very high quality carpeting . It was under $100. The firm that does the binding for the carpet store recommended a product called teebaud. They used the teebaud as an underlayment attached to the carpet runner along with the binding. It works superbly. The carpet doesn't move on the white carpet OR on the floor. It stays completely in place.
The blue is the teebaud material. The runner now works well for dry days when our feet are not dirty or wet.
If our paws are only wet, it is still a good protection for the white carpet. BUT when we have a muddy yard like we have had forever now, Mom resorts to extreme measures.
The old quilts help grab some of the mud as soon as we come in and head to the kitchen. And then all Mom has to do is toss the quilts in the wash for the next muddy occurrence.
BUT somePup (and it is not a boy) likes to make a full circle through the family room on her re-entry to the house. And of course, if we all come in at the same time, it is RACE ON for all of us. And THAT makes for a very not-so-white carpet!
So the mischievous Momster has now resorted to these gate contraptions you see here.
So whether we are headed IN from outside or
getting ready to go outside, the gates keep us on the quilts.
SHE thinks we haven't discovered that there is still a way for us to get around the barricade.
BOL - you can't trick us - but at least our paws are clean:)
Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber