A golden retriever named Roxy lives at our house. Well, actually, we get to live in HER house. Here’s a picture of her surveing her domain. When she’s not lounging, she loves going out in the backyard and roaming around, sniffing here, sniffing there – generally doing what dogs do in the backyard. (I need not go into ALL of the specifics!)
One thing she does (especially after just having a bath) is dig. She has a spot over near the door to the garage that she has claimed as her own. Never mind that there is a twenty foot mature crepe myrtle already parked in that space. Roxy stretches, limbers up, and then digs into the ground. Her front paws are a blur as she kicks up dirt and twigs, and her face is alive with the pure joy of digging.
Now, I can tell you for a fact that Roxy did not call 811 before digging. If she did, I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this blog – Roxy and I would be on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. So far, she’s only managed to get about two inches deep in a hole about a foot wide, and given that she’s only using her front paws as excavating tools, I’m not really worried about anything.
Shovels, backhoes, trackhoes, augers – those I worry about.
Anyone using any of that type of equipment to dig into the ground needs to make the call to 811 first. It’s a free call, and will take less than five minutes of your time. Within 48 hours, nice men and women carrying small marker flags and cans of spray paint and odd looking hand held devices will be out to your dig site to locate and flag any buried utilities. Their service to you is also free.
Calling 811 before you dig is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. Weigh the balance of hitting a buried line (and your cost for repairing it, not to mention the possibility of property damage or physical injury) against the ZERO cost of calling 811 first. Even Homer Simpson could figure that one out. (Well, maybe not, but you get the idea)
So do yourself a favor. Call 811 before you dig. And if you have a dog that can call 811, let me know.
Jimmy Fallon is waiting!
Until next week, safe digging!