Jake & Sadie's Fence
Organized by: Stephen Zeigler
We have always provided for our pets; at one time, before retiring, we had seven "pound pets", for whom we provided a .2 wooded acre fenced area. All were adopted by family---we still had an average of three over the past six years. We now find ourselves, as empty nesters, and retirees in North Carolina. Our adoption of fifteen years passed in July 2015. We had adopted a companion for her in March 2015. He is a big old boy named Jake, part Lab and part Great Dane. He was an older boy, but needed a special home. He was despondent after her passing, and needed a companion. We found a little unadoptable girl for him. Both our dogs are adoption rejects, not by breed, but by social and physical deformity. He has psychological issues with anxiety and Sadie, our little hound mix, has a physical deformity of the hip and spine. We bought a house in 2013. At that time we had only our fifteen year old, the last of our seven orphans. Since we retired, a fence was a future requirement. That changed with Jake, who had been accustomed to running. Then our fifteen year old died, and we had to get Sadie to give her a loving home. Because we only have front door access to the back yard, and live in a historical district, we must have an appropriate fence in the front to access the rear yard. The back yard grade is such that we would need a staircase in the rear to access it. The front yard fence must be a four ft. high iron grate fence. We would then tie that into a six ft. wooden privacy fence in the rear where it will not be seen. It will tie into two adjoining fences in the rear. The historical commission would not approve a chain link fence in the rear. I have estimates for the fence, and it will be around $7000. The ground is at a grade, so the iron grate fence will have to be built to accommodate the grade. It will tie into a 150 year old pin oak and the rest of the fence will be an unseen six ft. privacy fence. We would still have to take the dogs around to the back yard, since it is the only way they can get there, but it would be more economically feasible and safe for the dogs and us than building a fence in the back and a staircase/deck. Being retired, and my wife having various serious illnesses, our funds for the project are absolutely unobtainable. We still want to look after the welfare of our pets, however. They, and those other difficult to place animals we will continue to support will benefit from the investment. We have never asked for charity nor financial help for anything. We were not raised that way. To continue to help fostering and adopting "less than perfect" dogs, we are reaching out through the greater Internet community.