Sunday, September 30, 2007


Daily I marvel at my husband's clever patched-together engineering skills where it applies to catching the stray neighborhood pit bull.

We started with an official Humane Society cage which only managed to attract stray cats and raccoons.

But from there, things have gotten interesting.

For a week, he turned the vacant pony barn into an impressive trap. He secured the second door and then installed three automatic latches on the front door. To insure that the dog would be captured, he hung a net full of dog food from the ceiling beams attached to a long line that somehow ran through the door. The way it was supposed to work was that the dog would jump up to eat the hanging food and by pulling down the net bag, the line would be pulled and the door would close and latch.

Ok so that was awesome, but it didn't work. We woke up a few days with a shut door, but it must've been raccoons or cats, because they made it out through small holes under the walls.

Ok, so trap number two is in place now. My husband has created a "pen" at the end of our fenced in yard. He took a dog food bowl, rigged it up so that it's held by a metal hook to the door of the fence, which is attached to a taut bungee cord.
Supposedly when the dog eats, the bowl will be pushed down, the hook disengages and releases the fence that will slam shut with the bungee cord pulling it.

It's all very cool. Ultimately ineffectual, but cool. Kind of Moby Dick/ Wile E. Coyote situation we have going here.

My husband likes to say that this isn't his new hobby, but I'm not so sure.

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