pups first night as big dogs in the kennel/barn
2020 10 31
It's a big step but a very welcome one to have the 13 pups go to the barn and they seem very happy ---two at a time the Good company it's relatively warm there seems to have been no trouble ... I hate to think of what it looks like because we haven't got all the little dog houses attached to the kennel yet so that the snow sliding off the roof will be inclined to hit them in the head if they try and come out to pee -- so very often they'll just go pee in their kennels so we have a double whammy to deal with this morning no little houses and new puppies that don't know they're supposed to go out --- anyway God bless whoever does the barn this morning .. we have cameras though--- they explore cameras which everybody gets show kennel nine and 10--- nine is one of our biggest kennels which can easily accommodate four or five puppies not only in the 4 by eight loft but there are also kuranda beds on the ground... kennell 10 is usually good for only two puppies this size as are the rest of the kennels down the way I don't know who organized the supplemental cameras .but apparently as part of some home secure project or business we now have two more cameras that our staff can call up on their cell phones and keep their eye on what's happening in kettles seven and eight and I think we have one more camera coming 4 for 5 and six .
With all the dogs having " in out privileges " if so much easier and nicer for them . the only bad part as we do least lose heat out the doors even though we have barriers hanging they are swinging barriers and could hardly be called airtight especially when the dogs eat half of them but it works … I have noticed in the very cold that the thermometer I have hanging at the level of their sleeping lofts will be 45 to 50 degrees on a really bad night and their water bucket on the ground will be frozen .. so those sleeping lofts are a stroke of genius given to me by our friendly ghost Goldie (the ghost of the left hand drawer ) who is actually responsible for many of the things that happen around here .
? May we now have a discussion about buckets …??? with great Danes you don't put out a water dish--- you put out a bucket .. and as life went on I bought stainless steel buckets which many camera people helped buy…. There is all kinds of stainless steel .. at one point I found a bargain on those ice buckets that hotels have and thought I did a great thing by buying ten of those .. it wasn't three months before they started to rust.. not all that shiny is stainless steel .. We don't need the super duper restaurant quality Vol raff stainless steel buckets at about $80.00 each but there are very nice dog buckets at about 20 dollars .. I also think we don't want 5 gallon buckets because we just throw away so much water sounds funny but I think these six quart size is better for us . two other topics with regard to buckets is there is a difference between food quality ones and dog buckets . But visually --- the food quality ones have a lip that straight and not bent/ curled becausw the buckets where the lip curls around becomes a place that could trap germs .. ..
the other bucket topic for kennel management is when the pups are small you cannot or should not clip the bucket to the wall just in case the puppy gets upside down in the bucket you want the bucket to tip over .. however these monsters at 50+ pounds.... are now big enough they won't tip anything over .. so therefore the bucket must be clipped right inside the door of the kenn le where you may trip over it which is fine because that means you also will notice whether it's spotlessly clean
you don't put a water bucket in the back corner because it could be empty or filthy you want it right up front well you can see it when you walk by
thus endeth the bucket lesson for the day .