Today’s post is not a gardening post, but a subject dear to my heart – the comfort of animals, while they’re outdoors. (Don’t worry. I’ve been thinking through a bunch of gardening topics for the near future.)
John and I love animals, and can’t stand to think of them living in misery. To ensure our dogs are comfortable during our long days at work, and our incredibly long commute, John designed and built pampered daytime living quarters up by our barn. It’s not “glamorous”, but it’s very functional. We’ve added on a number of times, so it’s actually a little sad-looking, but, again, functional.
The dog houses do a great job protecting our pups from the miserably hot and humid summer days, as well as the cold and windy winter days. What I’m about to describe are only two of the three dog houses. The third house has been blocked off temporarily. As you’ll see [most of this] from the photos, the living quarters have [a / an]:
- Two rooms;
- Removable rooftops for easy access;
- Insulated walls, ceilings, and floors;
- Thermostatically-controlled window air-conditioner (with remote control);
- Foyer fan;
- Electric oil radiant heater;
- Straw bedding, for additional warmth and comfort;
- Been placed up against our barn, to provide a wind barrier;
- Wind-blocking foyer;
- Heated water bucket, outside the house; and
- Interior light.
John installed a flap in the doorway, to help keep in the coolness / warmth, but it was perceived as a chew toy. In a single day, the demolition team managed to turn a functional door into countless pieces, scattered throughout the kennel.
While this is not a how-to post, I’ve tried to provide ample photos so that anyone wanting to incorporate some or all of these features into their dog house will have enough information to do so. (Make sure whoever does the electrical work is knowledgeable in the trade.)
I like the fact that John built the houses as tall as they are. Many years ago, I had to crawl all the way into the back of one of the dog houses, turn around, and sit completely upright while I held one of our young puppies on my lap. We were trying to get the pup use to the new dog house, and being outside alone (for when we would be at work). She was quite vocal in her thoughts of the whole situation. I had to provide her the hands-on motherly nurturing to prove to her it wasn’t such a bad set-up.
Are we certifiably crazy? Can you tell we have no children?
What crazy thing have you done, or heard of someone else do, for a pet?