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Queen of all she surveys

I mentioned the barking as a problem in my previous post. it's been an issue because we had a team of gardeners working in the yard to tame the greenery (aka weeds) that were harboring bugs and threatening to take over the house. Shelby kept barking whenever she saw one of the workers, and that was quite often.

Queen of all she surveys

But they are all done now, and the yard looks sparse, but at least it's not packed with weeds. Steven and I now consider it relatively safe for Shelby to go play back there. It's the first time she's ever had a yard. She seems to really enjoy exploring. (not all of that land in the picture is ours, but it sure is nice to look at, and thank goodness we don't have to maintain it! :)

You'll notice that it looks like we're out in the boonies based on the view. Not so! however there is a fair amount of wildlife back there. Since we've moved in we've seen:

  • many birds of prey, one of them carrying a snake in it's claws!
  • a skunk!
  • a mama doe and her two two fawns

April 23, 2008 | Permalink


Pugs are extremely "barky" dogs. Our pug is so territorial if someone drives by too slowly he gets upset. We have been mortified at his behavior when someone comes to the door. I now lock him in the bathroom before answering the door. We have thought of getting a bark collar, but really I think pugs are too stubborn for it to work. Remember Shelby is in new territory and is having to guard a bigger area!!

Posted by: carold | Apr 23, 2008 6:21:56 AM

What a gorgeous view! We have HUGE birds of prey in the woods next to our apartment complex. I'm paranoid that one will pick Dory off the balcony!

Posted by: April | Apr 23, 2008 6:59:50 AM

You are so lucky to have such a wonderful view! Pugs are very protective of their environment and will challenge anything or anyone. Shelby looks so dominant standing on the hillside overlooking "her turf". She's a credit to her breed....

Posted by: Mary and Mia | Apr 23, 2008 7:51:09 AM

What a beautiful backard! I'm jealous...

Posted by: Nevis | Apr 23, 2008 8:16:14 AM

my dog too likes to bark. She is a terrier. She is so adorable. I named her booger. Actually she is the booger II . The first booger was hit by a speeding vehicle. Thatnk you for your wonderful post.

Posted by: barking dogs | Apr 23, 2008 9:35:12 AM

OOO! What a pretty garden :) Must be so lovely to have such a nice view! xx

Posted by: Weeny and Daisy | Apr 23, 2008 11:00:53 AM

Your blog is always guaranteed to make me smile even after the toughest day at work! I particularly loved your bullet points describing your various wildlife sightings -- priceless!

Posted by: Boston Shelby Fan | Apr 23, 2008 7:26:19 PM

Wow, what a great view of the greenbelt area.
My sister has that too where she lives.
It's wonderful to see nature at its best.
I've seen racoons up close and personal
which was not so pleasant on my part.

Posted by: Joanne | Apr 23, 2008 7:44:41 PM

Does Shelby need supervision when she's out in the yard or will she do fine alone?

Also, does she go potty there or still in the litter box?

Posted by: Lene | Apr 23, 2008 8:16:39 PM

Dear Winnie, I hope you are healing and getting more comfortable every day. Your new home and neighborhood scenery looks like your own private park! Shelby must be reeling in all the new sights and sounds and smells!!! Love to baby VIN.

Posted by: Jade | Apr 23, 2008 8:39:59 PM

yikes. i sure hope those birds of prey cant carry cutie shelby off.

Posted by: macmackie | Apr 24, 2008 3:04:28 AM

What a beautiful setting you are in...Shelby really does look regal overseeing her kingdom!!! You do sound a lot more like yourself too.....

Posted by: AnnCrago | Apr 24, 2008 6:20:17 AM

Get an empty squirt bottle, make sure it is clean and doesn't have any cleaning products in it, and fill it up with plain water. Start squirting them when they start barking at everything!! They don't like to get wet right? I've been doing it with my dogs and it is starting to pay off, it's been two weeks now. And when you answer the door, take the bottle with you and get in front of the door(own it)and say no firmly and if they persist, squirt them. I'm tellin' ya, it works!!! But be persistant!! Another pug family in my neighborhood has done it, and their pugs are well behaved when someone comes to the door now!
Nice yard, by the way!! Can't wait till summer to see Vin and Shelby sitting in the grass!!

Posted by: Lisa | Apr 26, 2008 11:30:12 AM

Carold: I worked at a vet center for 3years and was weary about using a no bark collar. I found out my puppy ari was barking and bothering my roomates while i waant home. after researching i bought her a no bark collar and used it while I wasnt home and after a month i have never had problems with her barking..except at dogs on tv! the collar was a little pricey but worth it!

Posted by: jen | Jan 16, 2009 7:09:12 PM

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