The dog run will be big.
I was just out there measuring the area we had kind of decided on and it was about 1500 sq. ft! We're using one end of the shop for a wall and bringing it right up next to the house so I can get her in and out while bra-less, wearing a t-shirt and panties, with hair standing on end!
Obviously it's not a secluded acreage. Our budget is negotiable...I just want something that the dog is comfortable on and that will still look presentable after she's been in there. I'm leaning toward a mulch of some sort, because it seems like it would be comfortable to walk/lay on and if she digs, I can just fill it in and throw some more mulch on top. This will be seen from the street, so we need curb appeal!
Having said that, I thought I had read somewhere that certain mulches were harmful to dogs. I want to be extra careful of her feet because she is having some issues there. We are working with a holistic vet and hopefully things will be resolved soon, but I still want to be careful.