My woman bought me a gate that can be stretched to block off the top of my stairs and swing out of the way when I don't want to use it and 2 big mats for me to lay on. One mat goes in front of my dog door and the other goes between my laying platform and the stairs.
We still have to put the stuff on the bottom of the porch that keeps cats, raccoons, possums, coyotes, and skunks out but my people put up plastic mesh so that can wait until the weather cooperates.
My people are going to build me another platform for in front of the back door. That way, I don't have to step down as far and it will keep me off the hard concrete because I like to lay there. I really like the one on my porch. I bet my woman will get me a huge mat for that one too!
I've been finding balls on my walks but they haven't been good enough to bring home.
It's gotten cold enough here that I don't ask to play in my pool after my man gets home. I did get to play one afternoon while we were working on the porch.
I know it's officially fall because it's getting cool and rainy, my woman opened the skylight shades and changed the temperatures on the thermostat so the furnace will come on but not the air conditioner, and a man came by to mess with the furnace to make sure it works OK.
My woman and I also cleaned 20 pounds of dog hair, dirt, and lost treats out of my woman's car this week before the rain hit. My woman says there's only about 40 pounds of dog hair left in the car now!