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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?

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isherempress
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: This dog is really for you, right?
I get the big picture about the economy - that's why I suggested shoveling stalls and mowing lawns. He can do it cheap and it would use his energy. My concern is that this will end up being your dog (and yes I know you like cats more). I was trying to make a subtle point that you are really indulgent. But you know that subtlety was not my gift. Sigh. Get him a poodle. Weren't they originally bred as French hunting dogs?
sff_corgi
Feb. 19th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Re: This dog is really for you, right?
A Standard poodle is a great, sturdy dog. And yes, they're retrievers.

There was a nifty mystery series published a while back where the lead character and his wife had a security-trained Standard. The bad guys didn't take him seriously, see....
jerusha
Feb. 19th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Re: This dog is really for you, right?
*perk* Author/title?
sff_corgi
Feb. 19th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
Re: This dog is really for you, right?
First one is Murder at the War (or Knight Fall), by Mary Monica Pulver. The rest barely mention the SCA at all, but the dog gets good notice. I think she managed to get four or five out before her contract lapsed or whatever happened.

Edited at 2009-02-19 06:32 am (UTC)
jerusha
Feb. 19th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
Re: This dog is really for you, right?
Thanks!

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