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  sugarnspice005

Should I go out and attempt to rake up the leaves in the backyard today or leave them. Every year I try to rake them, and I let the dogs outside with me. Yep, you guessed it, they like those big piles. I'll be busy raking away, and I'll hear the infamous "whoosh", turn around and my nice big pile of raked leaves has turned back into a carpet of leaves. And there will be one of my dogs (lucky they are cute!) standing there, wagging their tails, looking like they're smiling. I'll throw one of their toys out in the yard for them, which occupies them all of maybe 20 seconds if I'm lucky. Buddy, he loves to chase the rake while I'm raking. It's quite funny sometimes how he follows it, barking or trying to catch it. I know I shouldn't, but I'll start making a game of it with him. Maybe that's why they think it's play time.
Raking leaves when I only had one dog wasn't much of a problem. Deifenbacher, my German Shepherd, was always content to run around with his toy and stay out of the way. He's actually a well behaved dog. Wow, one well behaved dog out of 5. The others are just so fascinated by the rustling of the leaves. Tazzy and Princess, the sisters, they are like Buddy, they will run through the piles also. That, or they will roll in them. Clowns. I was jokingly complaining about this to my Mom on the phone the other night, and she said it just goes to show they're nothing more than spoiled brats. Leave it to Mom to put it into perspective for me.

So, I'll probably try raking later today. Or maybe tomorrow. Why would I have the dogs outside with me while doing this? Because the one and only time I tried leaving them in the house, they were at the window looking sad, and, when I got in, the freakin brats had cushions off the couch, chairs tipped over, and my aloe vera plant knocked over! So, it's much less stressful letting them play outside while I try to work. Not to mention a lot more safer for my house.

Dogs. Gotta love them.

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justme4u

Nov 5 @ 10:24AM  
My dog does the same thing. He would get right in front of me while raking and bark his head off at the rake lol Yup he loved tearing apart the piles of leaves too alost like when you have a pile of snow he jumps right in the middle of it
That is so funny and if I use a leaf blower he stands in front and like bites at the air
dmbchick420

Nov 5 @ 11:01AM  
Thankfully I don't have a big yard and we just used a leaf blower and blew them all out to the curb and the city came and picked them up!
ynot7769

Nov 5 @ 11:11AM  
*ponders what it might take to convince her to do my yard next *


any chance swappin yard work for a kudo
Wordsofwit

Nov 5 @ 11:22AM  
I don't rake mine. Besides the wind would just blow everybody else's into my yard anyway. If I am gone, no big deal, it doesn't bother them. But if I am around and they don't have access to me, they get extremely upset!! If I go to the bathroom and close the door, there is scratching and whimpering.

It hasn't happened with two, but with others they have gone into a bedroom and got themselves closed in. This has led to broken windows, shredded curtains, chewed up doors, dug up carpet and a totally stressed out dog. One, an akita, had to go to the vet because he had tore his paws up trying to dig through the concrete to get under the door.
Taisen

Nov 5 @ 11:25AM  
No dogs here , but I got kids who help rake
1bunny629

Nov 5 @ 11:39AM  
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Buddy, he loves to chase the rake while I'm raking. It's quite funny sometimes how he follows it, barking or trying to catch it. I know I shouldn't, but I'll start making a game of it with him.
...my Rottweiler Pidge used to do the same thing. It cracked me up. Fiona would throw her ball in the middle of a pile and dig for it all the way to thebottom and then you would see her crawl out of the pile looking like she had accomplished a grand goal. When she got bored with that she would chas Pidge away from the rake cause she knew it annoyed me. Mind you Fiona was 10 lbs. and Pidge was 95 lbs. All the while Mr. Beau Diddly just layed around and watched the mess of it all with a big panting grin...I love the pups!...To rake or not to rake? I do it after all the leaves are down and most have mine have blown out into the street or the neighbors yard. Ya gotta love the wind.
sugarnspice005

Nov 5 @ 11:51AM  
ponders what it might take to convince her to do my yard next

Might consider it if ya shovel my driveway when a big ole snow storm leaves 11+ inches of snow on it.

Besides the wind would just blow everybody else's into my yard anyway.

One advantage of a fenced yard...don't get as much of the neighbors leaves.

It hasn't happened with two, but with others they have gone into a bedroom and got themselves closed in. This has led to broken windows, shredded curtains, chewed up doors, dug up carpet and a totally stressed out dog. One, an akita, had to go to the vet because he had tore his paws up trying to dig through the concrete to get under the door.

Wow!! Torn up paws? Sounds like a bad case of separation anxiety. My best friend's parents had a dog when she and I were in our teens/20's that was a spoiled brat. Needed a "baby sitter" for their dog when they wanted to go out to functions. I would sit with the dog...not bad getting anywhere from $20 to $50 for sitting with a dog a few hours or more.
sugarnspice005

Nov 5 @ 11:52AM  
Hey Bunny!! Nice to see you're back!
alybai42

Nov 5 @ 1:13PM  
I don't rake..I used the lawn mower on them a couple of day's ago..Easy way out for me.
Wordsofwit

Nov 5 @ 2:36PM  
I am with ^^her^^, same here.
sugarnspice005

Nov 5 @ 8:57PM  
Well, I did it. Went out tried to rake up some leaves. Go figure, guess today wasn't meant to be the day to try. Between the dogs having their fun and high winds, it turned out to be a futile attempt. Maybe I'll just do like Aly and tackle them with the lawnmower.

Dogs will be a little disappointed. Maybe I'll let them run out in the backyard while I'm mowing the leaves. No, tried that a couple of years ago...they chased the lawn mower trying to bite the tires on it.

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