Building Your Dog Friendly Backyard
A look at several different fences that could contribute to building a dog friendly backyard.
As a dog owner, keeping your pet safe and secure is priority number one! For pets who love spending their days enjoying the outdoors, a fence is a necessity. The options for dog fencing on the market today range from structural fencing to in-ground electrical wire fencing to electric wireless fencing- most of which can be self-installed by you. Here we take a look at the pros and cons of dog fencing options.
Structural or conventional fencing comes in a variety of forms: pressure treated lumber, vinyl, wrought iron or chain link to name a few. A physical fence can provide peace of mind when containing a pet; however there can be restrictions in planned neighborhoods as to what type of fence you can build. Additionally you should consider if your dog would be likely to jump over a fence or attempt to dig under the fence.
These fences consist of a buried electrical wire that is connected to a main transmitter in your home or garage, and a receiver collar worn by your dog. The wire is run from one end of the transmitter, buried underground along the perimeter of your property and then connected again at the other end to the transmitter. It necessitates digging your yard to place the wire underground and possibly cutting through your driveway. Basic maintenance will be needed if there is a break in the wire or the wire becomes exposed.
This system has a signal field (anywhere from 2-24 feet) that you will set, taking into consideration the temperament of your dog. This signal field is the area where your dog will be corrected either through a tone or static correction (that you select), deterring them from leaving the wired fence boundary.
These fences come be found in two forms. One that forms a circular boundary around your property and one that allows you to customize the shape of the boundary based on the unique features of your property.
A wireless fence works by transmitting a radio signal from the base station in your home to the desired fence boundary. As the name implies, there are no wires to bury, so no digging necessary.
If your dog crosses into the “trigger zone” at the edge of the fence boundary, he or she will receive a tone or static correction (that you select) through the collar receiver. This will encourage the dog to move back into the safe area or roaming area inside the fence boundary. This “trigger zone” can range from 2 feet to 12 feet.
Wireless fences will encounter limitations in certain environments. For example, you might not reach optimal performance if your home has aluminum siding. Other obstacles are extensive heavy landscaping or if the home sits on a densely wooded lot.
Mardi Gras day in New Orleans 2012
The Zulu Mardi Gras parade rolls past an ornate wrought iron balcony in downtown New Orleans February 21, 2012. Huge crowds gather along parade routes to soak up the last day of the carnival season before the beginning of Lent.
A member of the Krewe of Iris tosses beads to the crowds beneath the oaks on St. Charles Avenue.
Several parades that were cancelled by bad weather yesterday rolled with today’s scheduled ones, creating nearly nonstop parading on the historic Uptown route.
Reigning as Rex, king of Carnival, Hardy Fowler waves to the huge crowd gathered at St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street.
The drum major, center, and majorettes of Dudley High School from Greensboro, N.C., lead the school’s marching band in an energetic sashay during the Krewe of Mid-City parade.
With the branches of an ancient oak tree in the background, a masked and hooded rider is led down Napoleon Avenue during the Krewe of Thoth parade.
The wrought iron gates of Landsborough’s Peace Memorial Park weren’t enough to keep them from ripping up the turf
Hoon rampage rips up sport field
The wrought iron gates of Landsborough’s Peace Memorial Park weren’t enough to keep them from ripping up the turf with a vehicle on Friday night.
The ground is home to the Landsborough Cricket Club and maintained by volunteers in conjunction with the council.
Cricket club life member David McIntyre said the offenders removed the bollards from in front of the fence and drove through it before smashing through a separate piece of fencing on their way out.
“They lifted the bollards and drove straight through the fence,” Mr McIntyre said.
“They then proceeded on to the ground and drove all over the grass, ripping up a lot of the turf.
“As they left they drove through another part of the fence.”
Mr McIntyre said the vandalism was a slap in the face for volunteers who worked tirelessly to maintain the once-immaculate turf, mowing the ground themselves.
“When I saw the damage my immediate thoughts were with all the volunteers that help to keep the ground in such great shape,” he said. “We’ve had so much support from those volunteers and to see the damage done is very disappointing.”
Early estimates put the damage bill at more than $2000, with the club having to dig into hard-earned fundraising dollars to foot the bill.
“We don’t know exactly how much it will cost at this stage,” Mr McIntyre said.
“They’ve done at least $2000 to $3000 worth of damage – maybe more.
“Along with ripping up the grass, they ripped up the artificial turf on the wicket as well, which adds to the cost and we’ll probably have to replace that too.”
“It means the ground will be out of action for some time,” Mr McIntyre said. “We’ll get it back as soon as possible but in the meantime the matches will be shifted to other grounds. We’re not sure where yet.”
George County investigates theft of 125-year-old wrought iron structure from historic cemetery
By Beverly Tuskan
“A graveyard is supposed to be a place of rest and peace, but not this past week, as thieves interrupted that by stealing the fence from around the cemetery,” Sheriff Dean Howell said.
The cemetery sits just off Lela Mae Road in the Benndale community on a 1,000-acre tract that is leased by the Draughan/Fairley Hunting Club.
As part of the lease agreement, Howell said, it is the responsibility of the club to maintain the cemetery.
“This is the first time that the fence has been removed,” Howell said. “They (thieves) had like a portable hacksaw, a saws saw, to cut up the fence and made off with it.”
According to sheriff’s detectives Don Hartley and Billy Colburn, the thieves ripped the wrought iron fence right out of the ground, leaving only the cemetery gate. The gate has been cemented into supporting posts.
Hartley said the metal structures were likely taken by thieves with the intention of selling them at a scrap yard, a common source of income for methamphetamine users.
Colburn said local scrap dealers have been notified, and patrols have increased around cemeteries.
Howell said owners in the scrap or secondhand business are required to obtain photo identification of a seller.
House Hunting in … Monaco
By ALISON GREGOR
Set in Monaco’s quiet garden district, this two-bedroom apartment on the fourth and top floor of an elevator building is on the market for $2.2 million. The building, dating to the early 1900s, has corbeled balconies and elaborate wrought iron accents.
With 750 square feet of space, the unit has been renovated in a traditional style incorporating modern elements like automated lighting and stereo systems.
The large foyer doubles as a kitchen/dining area, with appliances hidden behind elegant wardrobe-style doors. The kitchen island, which accommodates stools for dining, is adorned with mosaic tiles. Beyond is a wainscoted salon with an ornate coffered ceiling and a floor in a large red-and-white checkered pattern. The walls are plastered in Venetian stucco. French doors open to a decorative Juliet balcony.
On either side of the salon are the bedrooms, which have similarly elaborate ceiling moldings and Venetian stucco walls. The bath has old-style brass fixtures by the English company Heritage Bathrooms and a glass-enclosed shower with a rain showerhead. LED lighting in the shower can be reset in different colors. A clamshell sink of ceramic on a stone base was handmade in Naples.
The building is on the main avenue in the district, the Boulevard du Jardin Exotique, but the apartment faces a quiet street at the rear, said Bernard Koning, the principal owner of ABK Real Estate, which has the listing. The unit comes with an on-street parking space and a 22-square-foot lower-level storage space.
The Jardin Exotique district, which is on the border with France, has small shops for necessities, but the apartment is a 15- to 20-minute walk from the Carré d’Or, Monaco’s center in Monte Carlo, where casinos, luxury shops, hotels, restaurants and the priciest real estate are found, Mr. Koning said. The Jardin Exotique district is the site of Monaco’s new train station, and buses run frequently along the boulevard, taking about eight minutes to arrive in the Carré d’Or. The closest airport is Nice International in France, which is about a 25-minute drive with no traffic, Mr. Koning said.
Until the real estate bubble burst in 2008 there was a steep increase in real estate values in Monaco; some homes doubled in price, Mr. Koning said. The global financial crisis cut the number of transactions by more than half, and prices fell 15 to 35 percent.
Values appear to have stabilized, but homes are taking time to sell. “Business is slow at the moment,” said Julie Alejo, the owner of EIP Agency. “Potential clients are showing interest only in high- or low-end products.”
Yet the market did get a lift as of last June, when a new law reduced closing costs by about 40 percent, said Émilie Mazza, a co-owner of Mazza Immobilier. In the long run, said Tim Swannie, a director of Home Hunts Luxury Property Specialists, the lack of a personal income tax in Monaco will help maintain a climate favorable to real estate. “Monaco’s tax-haven status ensures the market remains buoyant and prices stable,” he said, “so investment in Monaco real estate continues to be attractive.”
This apartment, priced at about 23,500 euros per square meter, would cost at least 60 percent more if it were in the Carré d’Or, Mr. Koning said. The apartment has been listed for three months and is priced lower than the average apartment in the Jardin Exotique, which is about 25,000 euros per square meter. “It’s an older building, which some people like due to the character, but other people don’t care for,” Mr. Koning said.
Only 20 percent of Monaco’s 35,000 residents are Monégasque, so the market sees many foreign buyers, most typically seeking modern apartments close to the Carré d’Or, the beach area of Larvotto, and in Fontvieille, a district reclaimed from the Mediterranean in 1981. Many older residents are French, as the French government did not collect income tax from its citizens residing in Monaco before 1963, Mr. Koning said. A stricter policy since then has discouraged French buyers, and today there are more from elsewhere in Europe, particularly Britain and the northern countries, he said.
Mr. Swannie says Monaco also has buyers from Italy, the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa and the Middle East. Russians have been major buyers over the past five years, Ms. Alejo said.
There are no restrictions on foreign buyers, though background checks are required, Mr. Koning said. Most buyers hire agents, who typically charge about 3 percent of the purchase price, agents said. The listing agent gets 5 percent, which is paid by the seller. The transaction itself is handled by a notary, who typically charges about 1 percent.
The June 2011 law reduced to 4.5 percent the registration tax charged on a typical property sale, according to Rosemont International, a financial consulting company with a branch in Monaco.
Most buyers pay in cash, but it is possible to cover as much as 70 percent of the purchase price with a mortgage, Mr. Swannie said.