Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dog Beds and Adjustments

It is notable to acknowledge how much you miss those things that used to drive you crazy. As I've mentioned before, we have a small house and without exception all of the poodles always want to be in the same room with us. I work from home, so they are my office mates. One of the things that was always a struggle was the great dog-bed juggling act. Not having enough space to permanently keep three beds per room (we have two permanent beds in each main room) meant moving beds in and out of the office was part of my daily routine. If I didn't, there was always someone feeling left out! I used to think it was a pain, but now I miss it desperately. With D'Art gone, the existing two beds per room is sufficient to keep everyone comfortable. No more juggling act required. But oh, how I yearn to juggle beds for my three again!

Back in November, my husband constructed these beautiful and incredibly handy dog bed frames. Since switching to wood floors this summer, we started to notice that the beds would develop condensation on the underside, where the heat from the poodles met the cold from the floor. Having them raised-up on these bed frames does the trick and the beds, and our floor, stays dry!

Luna testing out the new bed frame, before it was painted.

He shaped the frames using plain-old 2x4's and painted them to match the color of our house trim (clove). I chose the canvas from our local craft store and together we made the fabric top, on top of which goes the doggie mattress. It works perfectly and each bed frame cost around $10 to make! They are a big hit and the poodles love having their beds elevated off the ground. D'Art, especially, was an early adopter of the new bed system.

Bed frames complete! Time to add the mattress!

Gone are the days of the great bed juggle. We're adjusting, but my outlook on those 'annoying' tasks has changed. Suddenly things seem more precious.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snow Play

I'll be honest with you, there are few things that make me smile these days. Our home isn't the same without D'Art and my heart is heavy with sadness. When you love someone deeply, you also mourn them deeply. Thank you to everyone who has sent positive thoughts and words as we go about the process of adjusting to life without our sweet boy.

There is one thing that will reliably bring a smile to my face, and that is watching Teddy and Luna play together. When we adopted Luna back in July of 2016, she didn't understand play language in any shape or form. I highly doubt she had ever played with another dog. Now, she lives for her play times with Teddy. I captured a few minutes to hopefully bring a smile to your face too.