Love our new house! It's so great being able to just sit outside in the yard with the dogs, being able to play whenever we want, and even be able to practice tiny bits of agility with my few jumps and new set of weave poles!
Our project to fence in the area is almost complete as well! Since we have a corner house and our yard is all on the side of the house it was difficult coming up with a plan that would be cheap and yet still allow the dogs to actually hang out with us. I really wanted the fenced in area to include our porch and patio area but it needed to look not too weird since it's very visible to people passing by. Solution was the cheapest deck panels we could find. Still not cheap once all the post parts were purchased :(
The rest of our fenced section is made up mainly of 14 gauge glavanized wire and then a few old kennel panels that were free from work. Doesn't look the greatest but it will work for it's intended job. And the much greater distance was only 1/3rd the cost of the deck panels! Rough size is 70x35
Biggest downside to purchasing an unoccupied house is all the yard work that needs to be done. Leaves and sticks are everywhere! The amount of gopher holes are also crazy! Took me forever to try and spread the huge dirt mounds. The only good thing is that after a few days it looks as though only a small handful of new mounds have popped up. Much less gophers than all the old holes made it look like!
Ticks on the other hand are a different story. Due to the prairie area in back the dogs are bringing in lots of ticks. So far they seem to be winning too as I've only found 2 dead ones and many well fed and happy ones. Frontline is defeated. I'm hoping that at minimum our new fence will help to cut down on them as it limits how often the dogs are wandering to the taller grasses. Just ordered the new pill to see if that is any more effective.