It has been some time since a posted, but i guess i’ve been stressing instead of blogging! Whoopsies….
Well the title of this post, is now the new turn of phrase the hubby and I use when we feel accomplished. And right now, BROOKS are definitely on the ball. Might i just take a moment though to commend J on his hard work over there so far, a midst my incessant nagging for him to have everything ready for me and the pups .
As you know the Mr. left for Germany already —-insert tear here—- and has been busy busy trying to get everything ready for me to come in…. 16 days!! seems so close yet so far away!
We have house people!!!!!! as far as i know we have the lease signed and now is just waiting for final housing paperwork to go through. Might i just say that finding a place was no easy feat. Apparently in Germany they a) don’t believe in yards, and b) do not want to rent to people with dogs; let alone TWO dogs… After becoming glued to ahrn.com… as most of you are familiar with, i was able to find a place for the hubs to look at that is right next to downtown Kaiserslautern, but surprisingly is in a quite, isolated area. Can you say lucky!?
From what i can tell, our house is situated at the top of a small hill, with a private driveway and lush trees and greenery to keep it secluded. We have a total of ONE neighbor, a couple, i believe is a relative of our landlord, so i think i can handle that. AND not only all that BUT… its got a walking trail, near a local tennis club, jazz bar not too far for the hubs, and an [extended] stone’s throw away from the rest of the downtown area. It is right next to the Vogelweh Base (approx. 5 minutes to the gym, commissary, BX etc.) so we will be able to use these facilities, and the hubs only has to drive about 13 minutes to work at Ramstein. I can’t believe we found this gem!
Only draw back, is that the yard is not fenced, and there is no way to really put up a fence.. so we have our options of a) hoping the dogs don’t run away, b) getting them long outside leashes and affixing them to a tree somewhere out there… or c) getting an electronic fence of sorts… .. Now me being me, and never having a yard of my own yet, i would like to go with option a… however if you know my dog Jax…. you will know this is not an option. so i would prefer to go with the more reasonable option c. I don’t want to go through the hassle of getting an underground electric fence put in.. so i found this “wireless pet fence” that may work…. the dogs have to wear collars but the wireless transmitter broadcasts a permit-able area of our choosing and if the dogs get near it, their collars will beep, and then eventually give them a slight shock. Now i know i know.. shock collars. judge me all you want but they are not as bad as everyone thinks they are! they are quite helpful, and i personally think once the dogs get the hang of their boundaries, it will be better than having them get all tangled and tied up on their leashes outside.
I’m open to all other suggestions for pet fence-type ideas.. If anyone has better ideas i’d love to hear them!
Here are some pictures of the place… it is SOOOOO big we are going to have to get creative to figure out what to do with all these extra rooms and the 1900 sq feet of awesomeness! (i swear these pictures don’t seem to do it justice)…