- Pets and Animals
I Found the Right Log Cabin Doghouse for My Two Dogs
What I want is a doghouse to keep multiple dogs warm and dry
This one - Extreme Large Log Cabin Doghouse -works equally well indoors or out, and my selection is the Extreme Large Log Cabin Doghouse. No longer do I plan to have dogs inside my home. The last time dogs were in our house was back on the day that Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1981. I remember the struggle to force my big Rhodesian Ridgeback inside the back door, and into the bathroom shower.
Back then the news media forecast warnings that the ash that covered our Central Washington acreage was radioactive. We didn't want to risk harm to our dogs, even though they lived outdoors every moment of their lives, previous to that day. My dog was the biggest challenge, but she trusted me enough to cooperate - although not enough to do it gracefully.
After their showers the dogs dove out the first opened door and never came near a door again. Hubby herded the horses into the barn, locking them in there, and were they ever unhappy! Even during the coldest below zero Winter days they preferred to be out in the open. But we couldn't stand to torture them, as they were really frightened at being restricted in darkness, so they were again given the run of the pastures the following day.
Fortunately for all of us we eventually learned that there was no radioactivity to the ash. That was critical to all of us who lived in rural areas because we all had animals, many keeping livestock as their way of life. We had horses, donkey, pony, two or three dogs, several cats, rabbits, geese, pigs, and chickens.
Inches of ash hung around our homesite for months, even years. For the first Summer, each time the ground really dried out the wind would send puffs and clouds of ash back into the air. By the following year the old downed dead grasses and plants covered the ash layer, but it could still be unearthed by anyone curious enough to dig with a hand tool. Once the first days of the gray haze and after the subsequent eruptions of the mountain, the dogs resumed their former happy habits, and the cats never did appear to be bothered.
Future plans include some new acreage and some new dogs. Once again, they will be outdoor dogs, but I want to ensure that they have a super residence of their own, so I've been scouting for doghouses. At least one of the dogs will be large. I just can't get over my feelings of affection for my Rhodesian Ridgeback (not a purebred, rather one of the rejects for imperfect markings), and I'll be looking for one of the same. She will need a companion dog, probably a medium sized dog. I'll be checking approved animal shelters to make my selection, like I wrote about Adopt A Shelter Dog.
This doghouse will fit both of them and all the cats that want to join in the pile. Our dogs and cats have always gotten along well, usually with one or more of the cats perching on the dogs, giving me no reason to expect anything different this time.
The size is large enough to keep them warm, and not too large for their body warmth to make a difference. I like the sleek appearance of the solid wood that's sealed to keep the weather effects at bay. Dogs do love climbing on a low roof for a good look around.
The roof is also a handy feeding place, ensuring that their food doesn't get tipped all over on the ground, and making it easy on my back to fill the bowls. I'll line the doghouse up near an outdoor water faucet, place it near my biodome greenhouse, or string up a hose so there's no bending required to fill the water bowl, either. Yes, the roof has a slight slant, but I'll cut a small platform and anchor it over the peak, to create a level spot for the dishes.
My Lucky Dogs Get the Best in Dog House and Bed
I will ensure that the dogs have the best insulation suited for their house. That's why I think I will invest in their wellbeing by purchasing this insulation kit.
My choice for bed pad is this combination of cedar chips and polyester fiberfill in a removable-for-laundering zipper cover.
The chips help prevent pests and odors and the whole pad helps keep in warmth, for Winter.