Monday, May 10, 2010

The Doggy Door is Always Opened

My toddler (the newly turned 3 year old) occasionally likes to use the doggy door as his method for exiting our house and entering the coveted backyard. There is a panel that covers the flap of the doggy door and must be slid up from the inside in order for the doggy door to be used.

So, in the past someone bigger, like an older sibling, had to open the doggy door before my toddler could crawl out.

But, not anymore.


His three year old self can now slide that little panel up and crawl out the flap whenever he feels like it!

The other morning as I helped his big sister with her shoes before school, I looked up to discover my toddler in the backyard of his own volition!

The following conversation ensued:

Me: "How did you get outside?"

Him: "I came 'frough the doggy door."

Me: "You know, doggy doors are for dogs. And you are not a dog, you are a person."

Him: "Doggy doors are for dogs and persons!"

So, anyone ever heard of a toddler-proofing device for a doggy door?

This whole door that cannot really be shut reminds me of the Bible verse:

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: "The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Rev. 3:7-8

And the concept of open doors has been a big one in our life lately as we've taken a different direction with our lives through initiating the process to adopt a child into our family. Crawling through that open door on our hands and knees has lead to other doors, some opened and some closed.

We are thankful for the clarity God has provided us so far and we pray for the courage to walk through the open doors He sets before us and for peace over the ones that are closed.

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  1. I am sorry your three year old is escaping, but that picture is priceless.

  2. I'm not sure how to child proof a doggy door. Good luck. cute pic.

  3. haha Love the picture. If there is a way, they WILL find what should be said of toddlers...good luck..HUGS

  4. Could you turn it around where you have to slide it up from the outside?? Picture is too cute though.

  5. I have no suggestions for toddler-proofing it, but I love it! Ha!

    I will say that in our house, the toilet paper, the toilet bowl, the toilet brush (sensing a theme?) seem to be stages that pass pretty quickly, so maybe you just have to be vigilant for a few weeks. LOL.

  6. Oh, I can't even imagine the dilemna a doggy door would give me right now in my life! I'd need a major childproof latch some where on that thing...but you know those boys could figure it out in minutes anyways.
    That photo is awesome.

  7. I love that pic...too sweet. And I love the parallel in the stories. God does open doors to our lives that we never thought conceivable. Isn't it exciting to experience walking through a door ONLY GOD can open?

  8. That is a very hilarious picture. I hope you can find out a way to keep that door shut . . . and I hope that the doors you want open will be there, open wide for you when the time comes. :)

  9. I don't have any advice for you (no dogs in my house), but I have to say, that picture brought a smile to my face today.

  10. I know of no advice, but I thank you for the laugh and join you in marveling at what toddlers can get into (and through!) and what doors God's leads us through, too. Blessings for yours!

  11. in my toddler experience, the only way to keep him from attacking that door would be to make the opening about 3 feet wider, so that it would no longer carry the lure of "crazy thing that can't be done ... "

    otherwise, my guy would be all over it.

  12. tooo funny! I love 3 year olds and the adorable things they say!

  13. I love the analogy and what another commenter said about "it's exciting to go through doors that only God can open."

    The picture is priceless but makes me glad that my three sons are grown. Ha although they are no less trouble at times--


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