I am so sorry that I have been out of touch, but let me tell you it has been crazy!!
I had another attempted break in, let me tell you this has not been fun!! Thank goodness I know the local PD and they do not think I am crazy!!!
The door for the attempted break in is in the back and my pups hang out in the front (looking for me) , now after careful consideration I believe that the first attempt was loud and Jake came around barking loudly scaring off the intruder (Yeah Jake!). The second attempt appears to be quieter and then they were scared off again, or so it appears, more than likely by Jake (Yeah Jake!). Annie was more than likely hiding in her shrubs (Yeah Shrubs).
This is the door after second attempt. This isn't the dogs, no claw marks.
After that attempt I started to look for new housing, hopefully closer to work!! Old home was 30 minutes out (small towns, but still far out), first rental (home that was broken into twice) was still 30 minutes out. I lucked out and found a rental in town where I work and I was one of the first to respond to the ad. I lucked out and the landlord rented the property to me after talking/visiting for 10 minutes!! This is a $175,00 savings!! Drive time to work is 3 minutes!!
I contacted old rental company via email, detailing the many problems (break ins, mice infestations and lack of lighting being the top complaints) and I was able to get out of my lease.
New home seems to be working out very well! I now live in a tri-plex (middle unit) and I love one of my new neighbors and his kids, no clue who other is as they never, ever, ever, ever, ever leave their home! Oh well.
I had a comment that stated this: I'm not sure how you do it, but you (me) continually fall into crap and come out smelling like a rose! This is turning out to be true!!
Before I moved I started to train the dogs to be in crates....
On my first test run Annie tried to eat her crate.....
I then decided to go with my gut instinct, dogs loose in house with access to crates, and it has worked!! Dogs are in the townhome on a "wait" command with crates open and when I get home all is fine. This is day two and I have had zero problems!! FYI, this is for 10 hours, for those who disbelieve or think this is inhumane, well those same dogs last the same time whilst I sleep!
My new place is two story, lots of exercise for pups and me on the stairs!! I also have a large lot that I can run the pups in nearby.
Before leaving the last rental I found some roses in the yard, I considered them as a goodbye
Some pics from my new place:
My old computer desk broke....
I then found these:
New linen shelves
I am very happy at my new place, 3 minute drive to work!!
Pups are doing good!!
Annie's first day!
Jake's first day!
Pups are happy, I am happy!!