On The Porch With Katie

Katie Katherine feels she needs to be outside every 34 minutes or so. Not to potty, just to sniff around, stare at nothing on the ground, and make sure she maintains a bunny free front yard. Although she doesn’t really chase them anymore, because the small cute dog? She ain’t what she used to be.

She has become less and less trustworthy in her twilight years. In one week, a neighbor 3 doors down called and said she was visiting them, she wandered out to the back field where big dogs go, and hawks and owls circle, and a perfect stranger brought her up to the door after finding her near the road. It’s like she is a dementia patient, and just wanders off. Doesn’t come when she’s called, can’t tell you who she is, and you never know when she will bolt.

Because of her great love of the outdoors, and my need to know she is not wandering the streets like a homeless person, we devised a plan. I staked her leash in the rocks with a hose guard, extended it all the way out, and hook her up every 34 minutes, or whatever.

So far, it’s working like a charm. Oh sure, it is not without it’s problems. She gets herself all tangled up sometimes. And there is one weed sprouting out of a crack in our concrete that snags her every time. But mostly, it suits both of our needs.

In the evenings she likes to sit out on the porch, just like my GrandDaddy did. Taking in the cooling evening air, chatting with those passing by, just relaxing. But I’m pretty sure my GrandDaddy didn’t stare at invisible bugs on the ground.


Hi Katie!


She is Abby’s good friend.



  1. Marlene said,

    July 2, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    Very innovative!!

  2. deb said,

    July 2, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Our old dog, Toad, would wander in her senior years. We never had to tie her up, until one day I got a call from a lady a block away that said our dog just walked up to her front porch and layed down Good thing she had a name tag with our phone number on it. Our next door neighbors dog went on long strolls in her elder years too.

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