Trash Can Engineering

I’d like to recognize our neighbor, Walt Gallaway, for his engineering skills. Using only black gaffer’s tape and steel bolts, he has managed to keep his Live Oak Waste receptacle in service even after a mortal wound that split the container halfway down its side. Kudos, Mr Gallaway!

Protesting Your Property Taxes, 2024

2023 Country Place Home Sales

Below is a comparative market analysis showing greater detail of the sold homes. You can see the big swing in cost per square foot ranging from $137.11 to $224.33 a square foot; a lot depends on the home’s age, updates, and maintenance. A forty-year-old home with no updates and a lot of deferred maintenance will appraise for much less than a newer, more energy-efficient home with up-to-date features, but if you bought such a home, you need to provide proof. The spreadsheet below will give you a good idea of what Smith County’s appraisers are looking at in this current appraisal period. For specific information on protesting Smith County taxes, click here. If you have questions regarding your home’s appraisal, feel free to call me (903.714.7090) or Andrea (903.714.7091).

Your Dog Barks Too Much

Some years ago a sweet old lady on Great Oaks Circle kept a German Shepherd as her constant companion and guard dog. Unfortunately, the dog barked constantly, and loudly, driving her neighbors to distraction. One of them posted the sign below on her mailbox.

Ms Gamblin and her annoying companion are no longer with us, but the problem of barking dogs continues unabated. Our own dog, Bella, is an inside animal, but when we let her out to do her business, she would find something to sound off on. A squirrel, a deer, or even a bird would be enough to set her off. Even when inside the house, she would go crazy when anyone approached our home.

Last year, our son Lucas and his girlfriend moved into Ashmore, a very quiet neighborhood inside the city limits, and their two Corgis immediately drew the ire of their neighbors because of their barking. So Lucas did his research and came up with an answer: dog barking collars.

The collars he purchased are the Dinjoos, and when he told us about the success they were having with them, we ordered one for Bella. What a wonderful invention. After charging, we experimented with different settings and came up with a combination of slight shock and beep which immediately discouraged her barking. We only charge about every ten days and have to be sure to keep the collar snug against her throat, but other than that it’s a very low-maintenance solution. Since we purchased our collar, many others have come on the market. Here’s a link to Amazon’s choices. If you have a problem with a barking dog, we highly recommend one of these collars.