After yesterday’s somewhat breathless post about the big Los Lunas jailbreak, some of you wanted to know what I was going to do about it. I pondered overnight and this is what I decided.
The puppies had learned to follow the big dogs out the dog door in the family room. When I had the new floors laid, etc., I added a second dog door in the puppy room. So, I opened up the whelping box, added some pavers so the babies could get in and out of the box, and turned them loose. They knew what to do — first you try to unravel the indoor/outdoor carpet.
Their water is in the box and so are the compressed wood pellets in case it’s too cold for their little behinds to potty outside, but I think we are on our way to housebreaking. At night they are sleeping in crates so won’t be running out in the dark — I have no desire to be out in subfreezing weather with a flashlight trying to find a puppy in the puppy pen. Just so you all feel comfortable with the arrangement, the puppy pen is 6′ x 10′ chain link covered with a sloping roof that overhangs a foot all around. They have a carpet-covered ramp up to the dog door.
Who’s not happy with this arrangement? Holmes! He is doing his “Timmy in the well” bark, running to get me and running back to the puppy room. He can count and they aren’t all there. Poor, helpful boy.
Since I did the re-arranging this morning (oh, yeah, the puppy cam and lamp are no longer in the pen — your view is from the east looking west toward the dog door), I got to see sunrise on the shortest day of the year. Doesn’t this take away your breath?