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Thursday, December 02 2010

The Gate - Revisted

My mamma always told me, "Give the hardest job to the laziest person, and they'll find the easiest way to do it."

As we have already established, I'm a lazy person. That's why I have high-drive dogs. I like my dogs (minions) to make my life easier. Yes, I'm shamelessly lazy and give them all sorts of jobs to do! 

One of those jobs is closing the gate after the sheep come into the paddock. During the rains, the gateway is often muddy, (ewwww) and I developed the perfect solution to the problem: Get a slave (Border Collie) and ask them to walk through the mud and close the gate for you!

Lily absolutely LOVES to slam that gate closed, over and over and over again.  She grabs a lead rope which has been tied to the gate and pulls it shut. (If a lazy person puts a magnet on the gate, it'll stay shut!)  Now this is all well and good until a 35 lb Border Collie swings on the gate so much that the gate hinges break. (imagine that!)

Then the gate has to be LIFTED out of the mud and pulled shut. This particular lazy person has not yet figured out how to train a Border Collie to lift the gate and then pull it shut, thus, this particular lazy person has had to tromp out there herself and shut the damned gate.  (grrrrr)

BUT . . .this week Other Half fixed the hinges AND put a WHEEL on the gate.  Woo hoooo!  The wheel makes the gate roll through the mud quite nicely.  So Lily and I are back in bidness!


Lordy, Lordy, I do love a good dog!

Watch and learn, Little Dude, watch and learn!

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 03:31 pm   |  Permalink   |  5 Comments  |  Email
Hooray for OH for making Lily's job a bit easier! Note for lazy person--if you tie that rope down lower on the gate, Lily won't put so much torque on the top hinge when she's closing the gate. :)
Posted by CeeCee on 12/03/2010 - 07:53 AM
Ohmygosh! Why didn't I think of that!!!??? (slapping my forehead!) That's a GREAT idea!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 12/03/2010 - 11:31 AM
Also keep long bit away from wheel incase it tangle. I was waiting for it every photo,,,,
Posted by Liz (Vic Aust.) on 12/03/2010 - 04:36 PM
Paraphrasing: A shorter rope, lower down. LOL
Posted by Lynn (in Katy, TX) on 12/03/2010 - 05:11 PM
We have seven dogs and some are almost as smart as CH - one may be as smart (he's an Aussie and almost the same colour as CH). I got a big chuckle out of you stories and pics. Thanks for the belly laugh and keep up the good work (and fences).
Posted by Jean in Canada on 12/09/2010 - 03:25 PM

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