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The Dog Door v. The Clean Freak

December 7, 2011

I may not always keep my house tidy, but there are a few things that I am a little OCD about and one of those is a clean floor. I am usually barefoot when walking around the house, and I can’t stand a dirty floor under my bare feet. In addition to this, my autistic daughter has pretty bad pica and if dirt, leaves, and or foliage are laying on the floor, she will likely put it in her mouth. Now that we are in the “new” house, I have come face-to-face with a Clean Freak’s enemy, The Dog Door. Mix that dog door with two high energy dogs, and well it’s a recipe for a really CRANKY ME.

High on my spring priority to-do list is cleaning up the backyard and making sure we get some happy healthy grass growing. I need to find a decent and large rug to place on the inside of the door where their little paws can get a good self-wiping.

If you have ideas or wisdom on how to keep the dirt-traffic down, please feel free to share those!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2011 5:56 pm

    I can relate to your challenge. We have a “yellow buffalo” here and the only intervention between dog and floor is me standing by the door with a towel for paw cleaning. If he had unlimited access to the backyard, I have no idea what I’d do.

  2. shelley permalink
    February 28, 2014 10:30 pm

    I have five dogs using a doggy door on a regular basis. During the day when I’m gone, I put a baby gate up in the laundry room where the door is. That way they have access to the fenced area while I’m gone but can’t run wild inside alone. When I’m home I don’t normally have an issue with it because they want to be inside with me, but if they start acting like fools running in and out barking for no reason, then down goes the lock on the door and I let them out only when they need to potty. Plus I hope you love your vaccuum, it will end up being your best friend. 🙂

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