I think I'm getting a new kitchen. It happened like this. After the most recent news about the little dog getting killed, and our conversation here, and even though Kodi is closely supervised outside, I told Dave I'd had enough, and we were going to fence the back yard. (It would also keep the ****ed deer out of my gardens, but I didn't mention that part) I had a great plan to put a gate on the people-steps to the back porch (which go out to the driveway, not the yard) and then make a Kodi-sized doorway in the porch railing, with a ramp for him to go down into the back yard. Dave HATED the idea.
The conversation went something like this:
"I don't want to deal with a gate every time I come up onto the porch."
"It only needs to be closed when Kodi is outside."
"If we're going to fence the back yard, let's put a deck on the back of the house and a slider out of the kitchen."
"But the kitchen table is right in front of where the doors would go, and besides, I like french doors better."
"We can get a smaller table."
"If we're going to rip the wall apart, we might as well put in a peninsula with a breakfast bar and get rid of the table."
"Then we might as well do the whole kitchen."
Boy, is this little dog expensive.