Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Redneck dog house

Yeah... I know! I don"t have much time to blog these days, and my hours are getting even longer. Since I will at school for longer lectures (they "own" us so they get to do that!) I needed a way to leave the pampered dogs outside while I'm gone. Even though they usually go back to bed after their breakfast, eventually they need to use the facilities and I won't be at their beck and call!

Studly and I looked around at the available ready-made options and weren't happy with any. I would need two houses, which were very expensive for a plastic box with a hole into the side for a door, and after the cold, windy winter is over, I would have to find someplace to store them.

Enter the redneck straw bale house for dogs!

Eight bales of straw, a couple of thick moving blankets, two dog beds and a few chunks of wood and some clamps.

I tucked the blanket up better after I took this!

Don't you think they'll be cozy?? They probably wouldn't have used separate houses, so now they can be together.

When the weather improves, I can use the straw in the garden and put the rest away. leaving only the beds for their royal comfort.

Speaking of beds, I have been working a little bit, most days, to rake leaves to cover the raised beds. I found, this past spring, the the leaf blanket really helped improve the soil and prevent the weeds from getting a foothold (or would that be "roothold"?)

I still have bell peppers growing in the ever-cooling weather!

There is some basil left, but it is succumbing to the frosty nights. The black in the photo isn't a shadow, it's frozen basil. I will probably try to harvest and save some of the seeds for next season. Then again, I may not!

The grape vine is going to need protection, but I need to do some research to find out if I only need to wrap the root ball, or cover the entire vine with a sheet. No doubt, I'll have to go with the uglier solution, cuz that's how I roll!

As the day is cloudy and we are expecting rain soon, I have Taco Soup in the crockpot for dinner, after which I might just crawl into the redneck dog house and try it out for a nap!


Cheryl said...

What a great idea for the dogs...Did you find it somewhere or think of it yourself?


Lisa said...

I thought it up all by my cheap lonesome!

shannon said...

Very cozy! I'm sure our new pooch would appreciate something that swanky - our Saint Bernard LOVES the cold, but our new guy has really short hair - he's half under her cozied up as we speak!

Liz said...

I like it! I think they will be very comfortable!

Cheryl said...

Have the dogs tried it yet?

MarmiteToasty said...

You'll probably come home from school one of these days to find a tramp sleeping in the dog house lol...

I dont think is a cheap idea I think its brilliant....


Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with this particular entry, just a general comment on your schooling. I've just spent the day at the hospital getting a port for chemo which starts, along with radiation, next week. The staff was terrific and I so appreciated everyone - from the doctors to the nurses to the techs and volunteers. Without the expertise and kindness of he nurses, in particular,it would have been an even bumpier ride. When I think of everything you are doing to prepare yourself, I am so grateful - your patients will be most fortunate indeed. To you and all who are working so hard, thank you. Keep up the good work - we need you - and your wonderful sense of humor!
- Daisy in AZ

Lisa said...

Thanks for all the nice comments, you guys!

Shannon ~ I would love to snuggle under a Saint Bernard on the cold mornings to come!

Cher ~ I swear I can't tell if they have slept in there or not! Nick seems to think it is a treat dispenser. Oh well... if they get cold enough, they go in!

Marmy ~ I wouldn't make you stay outside for long. Just til I got home from school! They you can come in and warm up!

Daisy ~ So sorry to hear that you need chemo and radiation. I am glad that you had a great experience in the unit though! After the holidays, I'm going to see if I can job shadow on the oncology floor. One of my instructors thinks I would be good in that unit. Unless my irreverent humor gets me in trouble and I'm banned!

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