This is Duke, he is the dog in the 'cloth house'. He has a 10' by 10' ... 6' high kennel. He has lived on a heavy chain in the winter weather. I have made sure he doesn't have to feel the winter weather. The only thing left to do is ... to just move in with him :) <3
I don't believe in keeping dogs outside ... since I have to ... I have made Duke a 'cloth house' with canvas ... tarp on top. By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee.
Well ... I think I've gotten Duke's kennel as homey and cozy as possible. I never wanted to keep a dog outside ... never.
We live in a small house ... and we have 2 more spoiled Pups who wouldn't tolerate Duke to live inside. So ... I've never kept a dog outside ... and I worry for him. I can't bear the idea of him getting cold again. I still have images of him in my mind frozen to the ground ... not being able to get up.
The heavy-ass chain around his neck was frozen ... it was also ... tangled around the trees, stumps. Duke didn't have a chance in H...... of getting into his dog house. He had to lay there until someone came to help him.
Skip and I had become Duke's guardian angels for almost 2 months when the ice storm hit here. No one could drive on the roads for at least 3 days around here. The man who owned Duke didn't come for a week.
Skip and I walked in the ice to Duke ... carrying food, fresh water in jugs for him for several days. I cried a lot of tears for Duke ... more than anyone knows.
Finally one day the owner was there ... he told us we could have the dog or find him a home ... he wasn't coming back. We didn't have the money to purchase a kennel, doghouse and such ... my Facebook Friends sent money to help me help Duke.
I have been covering Duke's kennel ... we put a thick-quilted waterproof/windproof covering around his doghouse. His doghouse is wrapped, tucked in that big cover! [em]happy[/em]
Now ... Duke is the dog in the cloth house! [em]happy[/em]
Note by this Author:
I think now ... I can relax more now that I have Duke all 'tucked in' for the coming winter weather this week. During the days I can roll the front curtain up so, he can see all the comings .... goings of Kissy, Camie our other 2 Pups, and Skip and I.
I study his kennel everyday to see what else I can do to make sure he doesn't have to feel the cold. I wish he could be inside with us ... it bothers me when I'm warm in the house ... he isn't. I feel all dogs should be inside Pups, cared for like children ... loved, being near their humans. They need that.
Photo/true story owned/written by Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee