“PSA: Pets like fresh air too” – Watch Your Windows

Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80

“Dear PoPville,

I was walking along P St NW this afternoon when I watched a beagle-mix-type dog push through the screen of a window that was only open by about six inches. He was just getting himself turned around, did not intend to push the screen through. He fell one story to the street. I ran over to check on him (he was fine, save for the shock and a bit of a bloody snout). A few other bystanders called the phone numbers on the tag and found someone else in the building who was able to hold onto the pup while the owners got home.

It’s that time of year again when the air is pleasant and we like to have our windows open. Our pets like the fresh air too though, and they sometimes don’t understand that it can be a long way down outside those windows.

If you are going to have your windows open, try to make sure your pets don’t have access by opening those that don’t have a couch or table or other perches in front of them. Alternatively, most double hung windows can also open from the top, so if your screens cover both, consider opening up the top sash rather than the bottom.”

10 Comment

  • HaileUnlikely

    On a related note, does anybody know where to get stronger window screens that still look like window screens (e.g., not like perforated aluminum) but that are safely able to withstand a small animal bumping into them? I have seen some where the mesh is made out of stuff that doesn’t tear easily, but this is more a matter of how the mesh is secured to the frame and the frame to the tracks. I’m sure such a thing exists, but it has managed to elude me so far.

    • You need to get a window guard, which attaches to the exterior portion of the window frame. You see these all over NYC.
      Google “nyc window guard” and you’ll see some examples.

    • houseintherear

      They sell rolls of actual animal-proof screen at Home Depot. It is shelved with the rolls of regular screen- at the RI Ave Home Depot, it’s on the bottom shelf on the left. I discovered this last year and was so excited. It’s pretty easy to take out the old screen and put in the new- you just need to buy a roll of the screen (it’s around $10 I think? I did a whole screen door with one roll and had extra) and a little tool that looks like a mini pizza roller. You take the screen or screen door apart, pull out the old screen, then put in the new and push it into place with the roller. I used YouTube to help me and it was easy. The animal screen is seriously indestructible- I’ve been so impressed.

      • houseintherear

        Meant to add… it doesn’t rip with animal scratching/nails, AND it stays very sturdy in the screen door itself. It’s a bit thicker than regular screen so once it is “installed” it’s very tough to get out/remove.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Excellent, thanks. The bars seem like overkill for my 7-8 pound cat. She doesn’t scratch at the window or actively try to get out, but I worry about her jumping onto the window ledge a little bit too enthusiastically and popping it out. I’ll give this a try.

          • houseintherear

            My 28-lb terrier lunges at it with full force at least 5 times/day in the spring and fall when people walk by, so that’s at least 100 lunges that is has withstood since installation. No rips or stretching yet! 🙂

  • Raining cats and dogs, or at least dogs. Glad pooch survived the fall.

  • SouthwestDC

    My childhood dog deliberately jumped out of a 2nd story window that had a screen on it. He was going after a female dog that was in heat and was perfectly fine after the fall. Dogs are tough as hell!

  • This goes for small children, too. Please please please please only crack your windows if there are young kids in the house.

  • samanda_bynes

    that’s a very beagle thing to do…i’ve had a lot of beagles and if they want somwthing they will do pretty much anything to grab it…glad he’s ok!

Comments are closed.