Thursday, January 1, 2015

Dog houses

I winterized the dog house yesterday.  The weather is starting to get  bit chilly around here.  The windchill was -9 Fahrenheit (-23 Canadian), and that was the high for the day.

This is what "cold" looks like.  A Wyoming thermometer.  Picture from HERE
The German Shepherds are supremely indifferent to the chill.  The Boston Terrier was in misery.

The Boston Terrier was not my choice.  One of my kids just had to have it.  It was SO cute (their words, not mine).  But then the kid moved to a place that does not allow pets and we got stuck with a dysfunctional animal...or at least an animal that is not a good fit for our life style.

Here is a picture of the little bugger.  The opening faces East.  Wind is typically out of the WSW.

He is a playful rascal.  He drags objects around and tosses them.  It is impossible to keep bedding in the dog house because he flips it out of the house when he is playing.

Reloading the house with bedding (mostly Q. muhlenbergii leaves).  The house has two rooms.  Face plate of doghouse is held on with nine deck screws and comes off.

A flap was added over the door opening.   A small stick of firewood in the bottom weights it down and  helps it drape.
The bag was attached by wrapping around one of the roof truss stringers and adding three roofing nails.
The pooch really struggled to get in so I compromised and raised the bottom of the bag up a bit.

I also fed the Boston Terrier at mid-day.  Animals, including humans, can adapt to an incredible amount of cold as long as they have ready access to calories to shiver away.


  1. You're a good man. And terriers ARE strange dogs!

  2. The terrier will be much more comfortable if the second "chamber" of the dog house is just big enough for him to curl up in. You might even consider adding a 20 0r 40 watt incandescent bulb (properly protected of course) that is energized when the weather is especially bitter, or he has to stay for long time.