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In 1983, my dog Duchess got out or her fence in an absolutely bizarre and unexpected way and was killed on 31st Street even though both I and my best friend, Danny, were looking for her from almost the minute she got out. Although it is now more than 20 years later, the thought of her untimely death still pains me greatly.

If you like animals and are willing to help as many as possible, the city is not the place to do it, not only because of the constant proximity of automobiles, but because not everyone loves animals the way I think they should.

Therefore, when I was able to move to the country or semi country, it was a great blessing to me and my animals. I found a place in South Kansas City which was on a dead end street and had no neighbors on three sides for miles. It was a long way from any major street. It was a place where my dogs could be dogs without bothering anyone and where I could be fairly well assured that they would not be in danger even if they got out of their fence.

All of that came to an end in the last few years, however, when the State of Missouri built 150 Highway in my back yard. To be fair, the highway is one hundred or so feet away from the edge of my dog's fence, but still it is just a few seconds away from my fence in terms of what my big dogs, Jack and Jack, can do. Furthermore, the fence that the state built along the highway ends where the property where I live ends.

In short, my rather idyllic place to live has turned into a nightmare of worry about what might happen if my dogs somehow got out of their fence not to mention the constant noise from the highway and worry that road chemicals might eventually seep into the rock table above me and into my environment.

I will share with you some additional thoughts later as well as some pictures I took as the highway was being constructed. I, also, have some video which shows how close the cars are to me and the noise they produce.