JUANA: It still seems like spring at Straydog. We had really, really nice weather and you can see the photos of us watering down the kennels. It’s still that hot in the middle of October. The heat is worse for the dogs than it is for us. This is the middle of October and it’s very unusual for it to stay so hot for so long.
We had a full crew and we were doing our kennel work while we still can. We know that the days are coming when we won’t be able to do all of this extra work in the kennels.
BILL: We always pick up the poop and change the water buckets and feed the dogs. The kennels need extra work because the dogs dig holes and they run around and do all kinds of stuff. Their fencing can get loose, because they dig, and we have to build up the sand in the walkways too.
We also rake the sand so the urine dissipates and the kennels don’t smell.
Sorry for the pause. We’re back. Now where were we, Juana?
JUANA: We were talking about our dogs’ shelters and how the nice weather allows us to do the extra work in the kennels that we need to do. When it gets too cold or we have sleet, rain or snow, we won’t be able to do anything but the basics. In other years, we’ve already purchased hay to stuff in the dogs’ houses to keep them warm. I haven’t even attempted to do that yet. We cleaned the shelters, so they are all clean and ready for the hay. But we haven’t purchased the hay because of the weather. We are watching the weather very closely and we can put the front boards on the shelters very quickly. The front boards protect the dogs’ shelters from the north wind in winter. It’s very unusual that this hasn’t been necessary yet, but I’m sure it will be.
BILL: We are supposed to have a really bad winter. Maybe we should get Pablo to come and help with the front boards.
JUANA: No, Ronnie can put up the front boards and he can do that quickly.
JUANA: We don’t know. She will be with us for as long as she can eat and swallow and she is enjoying her life. The tumor is growing. Eventually she won’t be able to swallow. Right now, we are giving her canned food so she can swallow it and eat. As long as she is enjoying life and having a good time in the park and she runs and plays with her brother, she will be with us.
We haven’t removed their swimming pools yet. Katherine was filling the park swimming pool for the second time, during caregiving.
BILL: We’ll be back soon with another report from Straydog.
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