1) Bronte’s catalog win from Sunday is now up at this link.
2) Bramble is sore and very whingey and has that anesthetic smell, but he’s fine. I absolutely love the work my vet does – she leaves no external stitches for spays or neuters. As far as I can tell she uses a sort of purse-string technique with an absorbable suture and then covers it with skin glue. So the incision looks like a little whorl that, in a few days, will relax into a tiny line. It seems to bother the dogs not at all; they don’t lick or worry at the scar and there’s no prickly sutures or staples left in.
3) I am going to be switching to my own domain name in the next few weeks, and will be able to have a REAL wordpress install instead of this one (this address will stay the same, but I will be able to run all the bells and whistles that a native wordpress install gives you). Hooray! However, I am having trouble deciding on The Name. Not of this blog, of my site. Here are the possibilities (all are available):
d) http://www.bscardigans.com, maybe even bscardis.com
Anybody have any smart ideas?
OK, here’s the big one.
Some of you may remember that just a few weeks ago we came home with this:
The design, of course, was to fence Cinnamon in. Which we did. Just in time for her to head to the great beyond.
So now we have a conundrum. We have a beautiful little run-in shed (it’s about 10 x 18) that could be completely closed in. We have a total of 500 feet of this rigid fencing, and another 300-ish of 5′ welded wire fencing that is not as heavy-gauge.
Here are the options:
1) Leave everything as is. We have a 100 x 100 dog exercise area and an empty horse pen. So be it. This is Doug’s favorite option. Pros: no work, no expense. Cons: lots and lots of wasted space and fencing, and my sad heart every time I look out there and see the empty barn and fence.
2) Adopt another horse or donkey. This is the kids’ favorite plan. Pros: Yay! Another horse! And we get to save one, which appeals to me. Cons: we were being helped out in the expense of taking care of Cinnamon because she was technically my little sister’s horse. I am really not sure we can (actually, I’m pretty sure we CAN’T) take on the feeding and vet bills associated with another horse all on our own, especially since hay is through the roof right now.
3) Put two goats in the barn and fencing. This is my favorite plan. I adore goats and I have been jonesing for them for years. Pros: much less expensive to feed and vet; we get the milk and the excess kids go in the freezer for the dogs. Also, the dogs can herd something that’s meant to be herded. Cons: I am worried about the noise. Dairy goats are not screamers, but they do yell if they’re hungry or in distress. We have 2.5 acres but our lot is only 200′ wide. Neighbors might get very tired of the goats.
4) Hugely expand/section off the dog area, and use the barn as a giant dog house/puppy area (the dogs will never “live out” but they would enjoy having someplace to play and run into and out of). This may be the option that makes the most “sense.” Pros: Gives me the ability to section off areas for dogs that need to be separated; gives the dogs a ton of room. Cons: Takes away the possibility of doing something else with the space. I don’t actually have anything that needs separation, and won’t for at least a couple of years (if I keep boys to show and breed, which is honestly not my top choice because I much prefer a household of bitches). More space sometimes isn’t the best idea. I generally recommend to people that they don’t fence in giant areas unless they supervise the dogs pretty carefully; dogs who think they have a ton of space tend to get more prey-oriented and a little more “wolfpack”ish. The area we have keeps them very happy; we are already planning to expand it by twenty feet in each direction so they can really run full-tilt.
So you can see my dilemma here. Nothing is just right. Any opinions? Anyone with a very bright idea that’s not up there, please speak up, because I want to make a good decision that will be sustainable for the next several years.