I hear we may be getting more this week.
By “Winter” I mean temperatures in the 50s.
That would be a low of between 10 and 15C for my international readers.
If you live in South Florida, have a pool, have social and intelligent dogs that follow you around every day, watch your Iced Tea.
This was an older picture. That’s Lettie who passed a couple years back. I was going through my pictures and she popped out at me. It’s pretty much what I go through though.
You see that small area is a spa, or hot tub, and we rarely use it. The heater takes hours to get it to a nice comfy 104F/40C and we settle for 95F/35C. That last 5C is a killer.
I’ve sat in that spa at oddball times of the day and night. Days are better since you can see the mosquitoes to swat at them. Night is more comfortable since the air is cooler, and that is of course quite relative.
Lately thought it is just something for my dog, Rack, the McNab SuperDog (TM) to leap over when he’s
excitedly running circles around the yard and the pool and out to the portal in the front gate to see who is there.
Portals help. It entertains the dog. Entertained dogs are good dogs. Herding dogs need to be mentally stimulated just like they need to be able to run off some of that energy from time to time.
Lettie used to have a portal that I created in the Laundry Room door. It was completely frosted glass panes and Jalousie windows, since replaced. I removed two of the slats at the bottom and replaced them with clear panes so she could go out there and watch the world.
Trust me she did.
She’s gone, the door was replaced with fully frosted impact glass, and Rack has the front door to look out of anyway.
Things certainly change in five years. The weather is about to change. And for now, Rack’s happy to watch out the front door. He watches for his favorite people, and whines quietly as they walk past. He also gets all bent out of shape when any sort of delivery comes through. I think that is a requirement of Dog. When Dog is selected and the soul inhabits the creature, there is a little subroutine written. Delivery Truck requires Alert. Luckily, Herding Dogs are easy to train and a simple “Go Look!” works.
No, nobody is out there, is there?
But that would be a story for a different day wouldn’t it?