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The Kid has expressed interest in getting a dog, and wants something husky-like. I know that a husky would need lots of exercise, but here I have a bored 16 year old ready and willing to provide just that.

The shelters I contacted require us to have a fenced in yard as a condition of adopting, so I've spent the last couple of months reading up on the topic and getting quotes.
Invisible Fence would run about $2,000 and works for most but not all dogs.
Extending our current scrap of fence all the way around the yard, with something that looks really good is almost $8,000.

My question to LJ: how necessary is a fence really (aside from the fact that the shelters require it)?
If I go minimal, what's a reasonable size for a fenced area for a mid-size dog?


Feb. 16th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
We do have cats, but I'm hoping that by having half the house and the vast majority of outside be dog-free the cats will be at least tolerant of the change.

The two feeding areas would be entirely separate and not visible to each other. From what I know of dogs, their food won't be around long enough for the cats to show any interest in it.

A dog's need for exercise is one of the motivating factors in saying yes to getting one. The kid has plenty and too much energy, which even starting in Crew has not bled off. And I would benefit from some forced marches myself.
Feb. 16th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
The problem isn't the cats tolerance of dogs, with Huskys, but the dogs tolerance of other animals around his food. Huskies and Malamutes are notoriously bad about having other animals around when they're eating.

I know that huskies have attacked cats they've been raised with when the cat wandered by a food dish. I've seen a Malamute kill another dog who was just passing by over a food dish. They're pack animals and food is a big deal. I've also heard about sled dogs -- husky mixes-- attacking their humans who were trying to take the food dish away for whatever reason, a musher I know had 45 stitches in her arm for "not thinking" and grabbing a dish to add a scoop of something or other after she'd put the dish down.


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