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Do it yourself dog door failure

update to the failed pet door experiment using carpet
We have a small problem where Lucy will sometimes chew a hole through a section of chicken fence so she doesn't have to walk around the long way.

I tried fixing this back in March with a door made from a piece of scrap carpet. Lucy used it a few times but soon forgot it was there and went back to her old waysdiy pet door made from carpet.

The failure here is directly connected to the design. It's plenty big enough, but not being able to see through to the other side is too much to ask of at least our dog. The next version will use a piece of Plexiglass or maybe we'll break down and buy a commercial dog door.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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One humorous word of caution about the see-through door --- It will probably work better for the dog, however one of our chickens quickly taught herself to use our garage cat-door. Now she lets her self in and out daily to lay and egg.
Comment by JenL Tue Oct 30 09:06:58 2012
That is a very cute scene to imagine. She sounds like a Happy Hen.
Comment by mark Thu Nov 1 15:44:14 2012

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