The beast barrier project is finally done.
It was a solution to the mud pit the dogs had made and their constant mud tracks onto my back porch.
This weekend I was able to make considerable progress on the project.
The stakes to secure the 4x4 's were concreted into the ground and the 4x4's lag screwed into the stakes with 5 inch lag screws. I know it sounds like overkill but past experience with hurricanes has taught me to respect their ability to pick up and toss things around.
These 4x4's will not move now, even with me standing on them. I feel confident they will not become shrapnel during a hurricane.
Next was covering the dirt with fabric . I found some of that weed barrier fabric which is woven and lets water through . This should keep the dirt and weeds from coming up from under the rock fill.
As I was working Sunday on the project I was entertained by a free air show.
I live a couple of miles between the North Perry Airport and the Sun Stadium where they played the Super bowl.
Prior to the game and when a no fly rule went into effect the skies were filled with an aerial circus of banner planes, blimps and helicopters. Really wild!
Anyway, 28 bags of marble rock chips later the beast barrier was done.
later that evening when my son came over to watch the Superbowl with me he brought the beast Milo.
Milo is my son's 100 plus pound German Shepherd who made the original
mud hole and the main mud tracker. As is Milo's habit he ran out the backdoor full speed in hopes of surprising a trespassing cat in the back yard.
At full trot he finally looked up and saw the new rock barrier. He was so shocked he tried to stop himself, locking his front paws and almost flipping himself off of the porch.
He then delicately tiptoed across the rocks as if he was crossing a layer of ice over a pond. But only after turning and giving me a nasty look while I was laughing at him.
After seeing that look I knew that this project was a huge success and that the old saying," every dog has his day" is true.