The Sliding Door v Zach

When people say “he/she has the persistence of a pitbull” they weren’t kidding! Our pit-lab mix Zach loves to assert his dominance over certain areas of his realm (aka our new house) and he will not budge until he gets his way. Stubborn. Will cry, whine and bark until you fulfill certain requests. His crown jewel is asking us to keep the sliding door open so he can access the yard at his own volition.

The fun part is that my husband refuses to leave the door open during certain times of the day. Therefore, Z goes outside and comes back to a closed door. He proceeds to inform us he want to come in, which my husband refuses to do. “Open the door so I can go out again, bro”. We get caught in this dance of pausing whatever we are doing to open and close the door behind him. Guess my original idea of getting a sliding door opener is back on the drawing board.

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As I type this, Zach is inside the house staring into the great outdoors. He loves the smells and sounds of the yard. The door, to him, a mere accomplice, that lets him see what is happening right outside his domain. The truth is they are allies, not enemies, and we had yet to realize it. With the sliding door as his co-conspirator and gateway to freedom, Z always wins.

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