I've been on a home improvement kick again. Last night, I decided to get moving on some projects I'd been putting off for some time. Of course, I decide to start with the most time-consuming one first: installing a doggie door.
We had picked it up on Saturday shortly after getting Ozzy. Neither of us particularly enjoys the whole "in-out-in-out" routine that Chloe puts us through, and we were not about to start that up with a second dog. With winter settling in, we couldn't very well leave the door propped open either like we do on nice sunny days. It was time for the private entrance.
Of course, I was missing a bunch of the tools needed to make an installation happen. I ended up picking up some drill bits and a new saw specifically for this project. This $50 dog door was up to $85 now.
It took a few tries at measuring, but I got the template for the cuts both level and even (knowing full well that it would drive the both of us nuts if it looked terrible). Next was to drill a few starter holes. I learned very quickly that this is not the kind of job you bring a cordless drill to. It ran out of battery power before I finished the first hole, and charging for an hour didn't even give me enough to finish the second one.
The sawing took forever too since I had opted for a cheapie manual saw instead of a cool power saw. Word to the wise: power tools are your friend. They save you time, backaches, and cursing under your breath. It also means clean cut lines so you don't have to keep hacking away little bits to make the thing fit.
By 11PM, we were hanging the door back on its hinges, hopeful that the dogs would take to it quickly. Ozzy ran right through like he was born to use doggie doors. Chloe acted like it was the jaws of death waiting to bite her little puppy head off. Not much has changed since that point. It takes a treat or the prospect of someone arriving home for her to dart through the thing.
I hope she decides to get on board with using it. I'd be pretty cheesed off if I spent all that time just to open a smaller door for her.