Vinnie: Merry Fencemas!

That's a good lookin' fence! Hope y'all stay happy and healthy!

Btw, I concur with Robear's October 1 advice above. The older I get, the more I realize I can't control everything, and I need to make a mental and emotional effort to focus my energy on the good, especially my loved ones. That might be Buddhism for some, and the apostle Paul gave similar advice, but it's just plain good advice for all!

Looks great, SR. Hope this fence makes for good neighbors. It looks like a whole lot of peace of mind, though!

Like +1!

I just noticed that the first post was 1 year, 22 weeks ago. Thank goodness it's finally over, eh?

That's awesome. It looks great, and I hope it's great for your peace of mind!

Gratz on the new fence! Looks great.

Best Christmas ever.
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Merry Christmas indeed!

Heh, I should have said 1 year, 22 weeks from first post to fence post.

Grats to you SR on finally being completely done with this whole thing. The fence looks good and the dogs look happy

On a note somewhat related to this thread Facebook popped up a big old picture of none other than this thread's very own Vinnie in my "People you may know" column today. Associated, of course, with SillyRabbit's real name, but I found it amusing as I'd just looked at this thread maybe five minutes before.

I'm happy to see a fence there too.

SillyRabbit wrote:

Straight as an arrow!
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I used to build straight fences, then I took an arrow to the knee.

Congrats!

Awww, I was digging around my ol' imageshack account this morning and found all the vinnieshops I did for this thread.

Vinnie Day O'Connor:
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We need a gallery of all the awesome vinnieshops.

fleabagmatt wrote:

We need a gallery of all the awesome vinnieshops.

*Dramatic flourish*

Dimmerswitch wrote:
fleabagmatt wrote:

We need a gallery of all the awesome vinnieshops.

*Dramatic flourish*

*sniff* That was beautiful, man.

Yeah, I got a little misty going through the thread collecting those.

So much awesome Vinnie love.

AWE. SOME!

Vinnie-tastic!

Sir Dimmerswitch, I award thee one Internets.

Awww, I love the gallery.

Vinnie is amused!
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And, we have a new neighbor moving in, she seems awesome, I think we hit the jackpot! Looking forward to getting to know her and her beagle, Riley. She's already met my dogs and knows our story and seems very patient to wait out the barking and distrust that they're exhibiting, it will take time, but I see this going well in the long run.

fleabagmatt, you need to add your vinnieshop christmas card to the gallery, I only have a picture of it, but it is really awesome and should be in there: IMAGE(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y159/jballinger/Fleabag%20Santa/DSC03323.jpg)

Arise thread! So SR how are the neighbors? How's Vinnie?

Aww, I forgot about the Vinniecard.

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In retrospect, I wish I had noticed that the boy's name was Jimmy, that is my dog's name. I would have put Canine Jimmy's head on human Jimmy's body.

fleabagmatt wrote:

In retrospect, I wish I had noticed that the boy's name was Jimmy, that is my dog's name. I would have put Canine Jimmy's head on human Jimmy's body.

There's always next year, Vinnie card redux!

Vinnie's great! Below are some fairly recent pics, I think a few of these have been posted in the pet thread, so, sorry for the repeats. Vinnie is the love of my life, he's so snuggly sweet, and yet, he still acts as sentry over the property. He shows no fear out in the yard. He's a helluva dog. My neighbor situation -- I couldn't ask for more. We're very happy and secure, life is good. If not itchy. Summer is itchy.
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SillyRabbit wrote:

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This picture does my heart good - Vinnie, safe and sound in his fenced yard. I'm so glad everything turned out so well, SillyRabbit.

Whatever happened with the neighbors, anyhow? Did they move away? Did they ever pay you for your vet bills?

The bad neighbors moved out and awesome neighbors moved in! A single mom around 40ish with a daughter in college. They're very thoughtful, considerate and responsible. They have two rescued and well cared for Beagles that are so fun to watch. I've heard it said that good fences make good neighbors, and I know that's true. But good neighbors make good neighbors too.

The bad neighbors skated on the vet bills since they filed bankruptcy. They had to pay a total of $200 in fines that the court ordered paid to me. But thanks to GWJ and time itself, I've completely recovered financially. Even though there were some really lean times thanks to those jackholes, in hindsight it's worth the cost just to have them out of our lives.

Emotionally, I have to say I'm still a little shell-shocked to this day, although I'm doing better. It may sound odd and I don't want to over dramatize, but I'm still triggered back to that day pretty easily. If we're out in yard and a loose dog is running around - I'm still very cautious, and I think that's ok. Vinnie, on the other hand, is as fearless and confident as ever. He's also THE best snuggle-puppy!!