When we got the tree home and brought down the ornament boxes, we discovered that we had only ONE functional string of lights (I forgot that the others had died when I packed the ornaments away last year, that's on me). So, we had to wait until Chris could get to Home Depot today, to get lights, since those go on first.
But how do we keep an enormous puppy from playing with the tree until then? We have a gate to put around it after it's decorated, but it's a huge pain to have to put it up twice.
Now, we have had Hektor since he was 5 weeks old. He has been with me every single day of his life, starting at 5 weeks. We know of no negative interactions that he has ever had with brooms. But for some reason, he is scared of them. Won't go near them. Even my Fuller push-broom (a carpet sweeper for hard floors), which doesn't even look much like a broom. He isn't afraid of mops or anything else with long handles. Just brooms. He even freaked out when @luzserna1981 was sweeping the floor of the vet's office, when we were there to visit. Seriously, he did NOT want her to sweep that floor! Hektor is very energetic, and very excited about the world. He is quite protective, too. But we have found absolutely nothing that actually scares him, except for brooms. Not thunder, not fireworks, not even vacuums.
To protect the tree until the fence goes up, I've strategically placed brooms around the tree. So far, it's worked.