By Thomas Morrone CFP®, CPA
Buddy may be a Maltese that only weighs 14 pounds, but at times he acts like he is a 100-pound large guard dog. When we were designing the fencing, landscaping, patio and pool areas around our house, we made certain that there was ample space that was fenced in so Buddy would be free to roam but still be protected. When I say protected, I mean so he could not run off as well as preventing other animals from coming in. This has worked very well, and the setup allows him to just be a dog and do what dogs do. He can only go so far and is always in view. We can sit outside and do not have to have him on a leash or a runner line and he can wander around and explore, sniff and do his business. He also loves going for walks around the neighborhood and expanding his horizons with new scents to smell, sites to see and interaction with whatever we come across. He gets so excited when we get his harness and leash because he gets to go outside the fence and is a little more free-wheeling. As much as he loves going for those walks, I believe he does love his yard and that is where he is most comfortable.