We are thankful for the deck. Not just the deck itself through it gives us a high place to look out over our whole territory (and even carefully watch those sticky-noisy kids on one side and the big woofies on the other). And watching all the birdies fly around is fun too. Sadly, we cant see mousies from there.
But we especially love the deck rails. We love to walk along them.
Yes, even Ayla sometimes goes out on the deck! It is rare, but sometimes she does. And whenever she shows up near the door, TBT lets her out out at once. He says fresh air is a good thing, and that (while she sees birdies from her baffroom windersill, hearing them is even better. Plus, it is good exercise (vs just sitting on the windersill all day).
If you notice no pictures of Marley on the deck, it is because he generally stays inside these days. And would never jump up to the deck rails. He used to, but quite frankly, if he managed to jump to the rails, his weight would probably carry him right over and it is a far bit to the lawn from there.
From Marley's POV, the best thing aboout being on the deck is that it is so close to getting inside when he wants to. We mean, "that's where the food is", and Marley loves his food.