The dogs have two doggy doors, one in front to the deck and the other leads to the back yard. There is a platform where they can go out, then a wee jump to the steps or a trot down a ramp puts them in the yard. It works nicely, but there is one problem .... when it rains hard, rain water comes in through the doggy door. I have a small rug inside to catch the mud/dirt/snow, water from their paws, and several tie it has become completely saturated.
I once had a little "roof" over their door, but a monster snowfall tore it down. Since then, it has become blocked with snow, snow has tumbled through the door, and as I said rain has come in. I needed to protect it in some way, but hadn't come up with a remedy.
I'm talking to a handyman about a small platform deck with a cover to protect their door and mine, too. Nothing fancy, but a bit of protection. However, until I can afford to have it done, there needed to be some fix.
So I came up with an idea of making a tin cover. Simple enough, but I needed to protect the pups from the sharp edges. So I bought the tin, as well as several feet of the foam tubing used for covering pipes. The tubing is already spit, so all I had to do was slip it over the edge, then secure it with duct tape.
A dozen screws, the foam and duct tape, and it was in place, just as simple as that! It isn't beautiful but very functional, the part that matters!
Here it is....
|Look at that reflection of the sky in the new tin!|
The dogs were a bit hesitant at first, but it only took a couple tries and they were going in and out without a problem. Here comes Sammy now!!
|"Mom, can I come out now?"|
I'm hoping I can find a way to get the deck and roof before winter, but if not, this will take care of us for quite a while. I may have to replace the foam and duct tape, but that's an easy-peasy task!
I just love it when things go right for a change!!