Monthly Archives: September 2010
Katy might be the most obedient dog I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She is a nine year-old Border Collie, and is a trained Search and Rescue dog. For someone whose dogs refuse to sit unless there is food involved, her obedience was mind boggling. Then there is the fact that she is gorgeous. Here are just a few of my favorites from her session so far…
Thanks again to Katy and her mom for a fantastic session! I had a great time
One of the first orders of business after we moved in here, was to put in some dog kennels. I had a strictly supervisory role in this project, not counting a brief stint with the pneumatic nail gun thingie. The hubs and his buddy Brant did this all on their own over the course of several weeks, and I will be the first to say, they worked really really hard. And those two don’t do anything halfway… so these are some spectacular kennels. Possibly even nicer than Brant’s kennels, after which they are modeled.
They dug out the whole area for the cement pad and dug holes for the supports, then cemented them in. A company laid the cement pad, but that’s the only thing that got outsourced. They put up the chain link, framed the whole thing out, and put up the corrugated metal siding. Perhaps most impressively was wheelbarrowing (yes, i realize that’s not a real verb) all the gravel for the run from our front yard, around the house, and into the run. When I went to work, there were several cubic yards of dirt and gravel in my front yard. When I came home, there was nary a trace.
The view from the run back towards the kennels (and yes, we need to spray the grass):
They even put in a water line with a drain at the bottom so the hose doesn’t freeze in the cold weather.
The whole thing is trimmed out with cedar fence slats…
There are three individual kennels, though most of the time they have free run of the whole place. We still have to sort out what type of dog houses we want to use.
Galvanized buckets are clipped to the chain link to keep the monsters from tipping them over. And the hubs even used some extra lumber to put in a shelf for me.
Now, don’t get me wrong. The monsters are out of the kennels as much as they are in it, but its nice to have the option. The pitbulls, who manage to take over the entire bed every night, sleep out there on nights when they are being especially annoying. And everyone goes in the kennels when we have company over. Its also particularly nice when we go out of town briefly, to be able to kennel them and hire a pet sitter, which is WAY cheaper than trying to board four 50-60 pound beasties.