Been a rough patch for several Labradoggies among my circle of blogfriends. Thankfully things seem to be looking better. As for mine, she's totally recovered from the pyometra surgery and has been back to her spastic self for a while now.
Speaking of which, the floor plan of our house is a bit odd. The front door is pretty far away from where we park the car. The back door opens to the utility room, and often has laundry or other junk stacked so that it isn't readily used. So we use the sliding glass door as our main access. Mother-in-law was really sick the other day when we left for church so she stayed home, and we left through the sliding door as usual. When we got home, Sunshine went into her overjoyed-freak-out routine where she rears up and paws at the glass door. She managed to hit the little lever and LOCK US OUT.
The front door was installed new when we moved in, and I haven't bothered to get a key for it since we use it so rarely, and my wife didn't even bring her keys. The utility room door was quite impassibly barricaded, as usual, and MiL was so NyQuil-ed out that she couldn't hear us yelling at her to come open the glass door. MiL's bedroom is at the back corner of the house where the landscaping is basically nonexistent, save for MUD and BLACKBERRIES. After a messy and painful slog, I was able to reach her window and bang on it enough to wake her up and get us inside.
OK, that little tale wasn't very exciting. Maybe this one will be better...
The neighbors with the horses and chickens moved out. There's a pack of coyotes in the area that we've been able to hear sometimes at night. But now that the horses are gone, the coyotes seem to think the neighboring pasture is a great place to assemble and do their little yip-yip song. Last night, from 1:45 to about 2:20 in the morning, that is. Not cool. Noisy obnoxious critters. I'm pretty sure my fence is coyote-proof, but it is a bit unsettling for them to be that close.
I gotta check into the local laws. If I remember right, there's a prohibition on discharging a firearm within X feet of an improved roadway. We're pretty close to the road. But if it turns out that we're far enough away, I'm a gonna shut me up some coyotes!
If we aren't far enough away, ahem, I may have to acquire one of these and do my coyote-silencin' on the sly: