Now that you get the picture, let me tell you about the difficulty with the two big guys on a gray and muddy day, a day like those we've been having here this summer. Our two boys, Val and Sal, short for Valentino and Salvador, are outdoor dogs. They have no interest in coming inside, which is a good thing because with their thick coats they get dirty real easily (see pic below when they were pups) yet with a dry spell it's amazing how good they look with self grooming. We normally clip them twice during the hot weather to keep them comfortable and in the winter they just love the full coat which is better than any down comforter you can buy.
But the problem this summer is the excessive rain. You see, they like to sleep in the daytime under the garage but, when the ground is saturated as it is right now, their favorite spot is too wet. At night they are out and about, guarding the property from any predators and, when they bark, little Molly begs to go out to join in the chase.
So with the under the garage option out, they look for other places and therein lies the problem. You see, if they sleep in the garage (which we've tried) they destroy things. Try as we do to doggie protect the interior, they find a way to find something to get into mischief. Their most recent action was tearing a box full of screws apart and scattering the contents all over the place.
The next best option is the barn, which is partly dirt floor and partly brick, and we figured that in hot weather they might like the cool of the brick. Nope, they preferred to dig and I found out yesterday that they were likely digging a well. With the water table high from the rain, we had a small pond forming in the aisle. I was able to repair it and close it off, but I was running out of options. They, however, beat me to it.
Since the horses only come in the barn for feeding, preferring the pasture and the cover of trees under all but the most hazardous thunderstorms, the dogs finally realized that the rubber mats in the stalls made a great sleeping and resting spot. And as long as I warn them before the horses come in, it works great.
But I gotta' tell you. Despite these little issues, these are two of the best dogs we have ever owned. Loyal and friendly, yet aloof to strangers until they become aware of their intent, we have the best security system that a family can have and having them as new family members makes it even better. No animal will test them, even coyotes, who have not entered our property since we brought them home a year ago. And to watch those tails wag and the smiling countenance on their face when they greet us in the morning brings sunshine to us even on the most dreadful of days.
But I truly hope for a change in the weather soon before I fill in holes on every square inch of the farm. They truly love digging in wet earth, I think I've had enough of the shoveling exercise. But we thank the dear Lord every day for sending them our way. There is truly nothing like a big dog and with these two fellows and our Great Dane we are triple blessed.
God bless and have a great day.