Before we moved, Puddin' was uneasy and I wasn't sure how she was going to handle the transition. Two and half weeks later, I can safely say she's settling in quite nicely. Our old house was small and full of wood floors, so she couldn't really run around and when we did play fetch she would slide all over the place. At the new house, we have a large family room with carpet that is perfect for a pup! She's been more interested in playing fetch than I've ever experienced before and she loves wiggling across the floor to scratch her back.
Although the house is great, the outdoor dog situation is not. As I anticipated, the run we have strung up between two trees is not cutting it. Puddin' doesn't really understand the run. When we put her on it, she usually just stays in one general spot or sits down and stares at us. Why mom why? We are also lazy. When I let the dog out in the morning, I know she will run out, do her business, and run right back in. Walking her out to the run is way more involved. I have to beg her to come over to the run with my nicest pleas, so she doesn't feel like I'm dragging her there as a punishment, it's not exactly right next to the house (I picked the tree, so Dave will roll his eyes when he reads this), and it's getting cold. It's supposed to drop down into the 20s next week, yikes! However, when she sprints into the woods on the other side of our driveway, I'm always terrified she will keep going into the road!
So now installing a fence has become our top priority. We got an estimate on Saturday from a company our friend highly recommended. The consultant was extremely nice, made friends with Puddin', and told us about his dogs at home. The prices he emailed to us a few days later were very close to the ones I had already found on their website, so it wasn't too shocking. But in case you didn't know, fences are expensive, especially when you need approximately 365'!
And now... The Great Fence Debate: Wood or Aluminum?
Things we want from a fence:
- Keep the dog (& additional future dogs & babies) in the yard and away from the roadway
- Something we don't mind looking at every day (why chain link isn't even in the running)
- Blends in and doesn't completely block the view (hence ruling out vinyl)
And it will never look this good again, since we will not be hiring Bob's landscaper lol.
The aluminum is my first choice. It's so beautiful. It's very durable and requires very little maintenance.
Our other option is split rail wood with wire mesh. Despite the moist conditions of our yard, the fence consultant said it would last for 25 years and I believe split rail fences require less maintenance than regular wood fences. I still think this option will require more upkeep in the long run.
So what's the deciding factor? The aluminum is twice as expensive! We could make either option work financially, but we know we have a lot of other expenses coming up and the wood is the sensible choice. Even the fence guy suggested the wood saying "you're young, you should spend your money on a cruise or something." On the flip side, it's something we're going to be looking at every day for the foreseeable future! I just keep wondering, if I go with something I'm not in love with, am I going to have fence regret for the next 25 years?
What would you do?! Fancy aluminum or sensible split rail?