Yes, literally and figuratively, however we will not go into the figurative aspect at this time. I have 3 dogs, and my backyard is a mess. They tear it up in their playing and romping, and then come inside with their muddy paws and track muddy clumps all throughout the house. There is some landscaping in the back, but the dogs have created this muddy runway where they have torn everything up from playing and roughhousing. I feel like they need to go out there and play because I do not have the time to walk all 3 of them every day (don't get me started on why I have 3) and they need to run off their energy. I know I cannot get grass to grow there, so how do I repair my backyard so my house stays somewhat clean? Gravel, that sounds like it would look tacky, but possibly work? Wood chips? Maybe. More landscaping, nope. Dog boots......yea right. Any ideas. The inside of my house is starting to look like the outside. Muddy.