I am blogging on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network) and Plexidor. I received compensation for my time from Plexidor for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine.
Everyone who knows me is familiar with my signature "sigh" when I write emails or blog posts. I 'sigh' a lot. It's a symptom of my disappointment, usually.
Let me tell you a story and you'll understand.
Once upon a time we adopted three dogs. Oh, you know that part of the story? I did tell it this week, didn't I? Ok. Well, once the dogs got settled and decided they liked each other, they liked us, and they liked their new home, they began to bug us to let them out... a lot. But, that's not all (perhaps you're familiar with the routine; perhaps it happens at your house, too)... they would go out, come in, go out, come in, and bark each time. Oh, not all of them. Emily took that responsibility.
"Want to go out," she'll bark.
"Need to come in," she'll bark.
With Olive and Chester patiently standing behind her, staring at the door (on one side or the other, of course... but, staring nonetheless...)
Well, it occurred to us that it would be FANTASTIC to have a doggy door. You know, something that would allow the dogs their in and out routine, without causing us to have to run up and down the stairs all day. Yes, I know that's good exercise but sometimes you're in the middle of something (like a phone call) and there's Emily barking her lungs out... and you have to put the phone down and go let her in/out. Sigh.
Enter... BlogPaws and the network. Plexidor, a truly great doggy door company, asked to work with the folks at BlogPaws on a program with dog parents. They gave a bunch of us doggy doors to install and use. All they asked was for us to write about it. You do not know how excited I was!!!
Here are some posts from other bloggers... I urge you to go read them and comment - share your doggy door stories... (then read below about what happened at our house...sigh)
A post from a Mini Pet Pig - so adorable!
From Hound Girl... hey, hounds rule, ya know! (watch the video and you'll understand my dilemma, explained below)
A great overview of Plexidor doors and this blogger's positive experience.
And now... back to our regularly scheduled post, about our experience with our doggy door.
We have a doggy door. We spent hours deciding where to put it. We were SO EXCITED about having a Plexidor doggy door - having seen them at our BlogPaws conference and at a pet expo. These are high quality doors, folks. The level of excitement I had over being given one was off the charts.
And then, in the midst of figuring out which wall to put the door in, the cat came upstairs. Molly, our big girl with the sweet meow... ventured over to the sliding glass doors and tried to get out when Tom let the dogs out. Molly, who is a house cat, not an outdoor cat, wants desperately to explore our backyard. But, the fence is not high enough. She would be up and over it in a heartbeat.
You know where this is going. The doggy door is going back to Plexidor and I am so disappointed, I can't tell you! But, though Tom and I have tried and tried, we cannot figure out how to have our cake and eat it, too. The doggy door would become Molly's escape, there is no doubt of that. We cannot take the chance... she is pretty cagey and would scoot out that door...along with Olive, I suspect, off to parts unknown.
If you have suggestions, do send them along. If we don't figure out a solution... there will be no doggy door at our house.