You may have heard that Boston has gotten a little snow this year.
The dogs are chronically under-exercised — although they’ve made some cool trails in the backyard, it’s been so cold that the Ridgebacks can’t safely spend any extended amount of time outdoors. Clover, poor girl, has been getting snow packed between her toes and limping if she stays outside for too long. I’m very grateful now our fence installer went with six foot fencing, because I’ve watched Clover stretch up with her front paws on the fence to measure whether or not she thought she’d be able to jump over it.
At the beginning of February, we bought an electric blanket for the dogs, and put it on the sofa. Jackson and Loki have spent the past month like this:
And that brings us to today, the first “warm” day we’ve had in several weeks — and warm has me thinking about just where all that melted snow is going to go.
Last winter we had a horrible time with water intrusion in the basement, but this winter it’s been dryer than Pharaoh’s tomb down there. Where the sump pump was running more or less constantly last winter, this winter the sump itself has been nearly dry, and the water level hasn’t even approached being high enough to trigger the pump to run. I’m not foolish enough to think that can’t change with the spring thaw, however.
Nate and I spent some time in the basement today, re-stacking what few things we store down there. We’ve got a mix of Rubbermaid storage containers and cardboard boxes, so we got all the cardboard boxes up off the floor. We also tested the de-humidifier and the sump pump to make sure they’re still in working order, just in case things do get damp down there again.
We also spent time this morning processing some raw dog food. I’ve been swapping back and forth with giving the dogs whole raw meaty bones vs ground raw meaty bones since Jackson had his carnassial removed. He has no issues with whole RMBs at all — but surprisingly, Loki does. Loki would prefer all his food ground, thank-you very much. He will eat whole RMBs, but not with the same gusto that he eats ground food. So … we’ve made good use of the grinder I bought from Caryl-Rose after Jackson’s surgery. This morning, with Nathan’s help, we managed to grind and pack up 50 pounds of pork heart and 40 pounds of chicken backs. I’ve got another 35 pounds of turkey hearts thawing in the sink right now. I have plans to buy a larger, more capable grinder later this year — my Facebook friend Nancy says hers can do a 40 pound case of chicken leg quarters in 10 minutes.
We’ve more or less standardized on putting all the ground food in the largest size of reusable food tub available from our local grocery stores. It holds 4 pounds of food and stacks pretty efficiently in the freezer, and in our fridge on the “dog food shelf.” I took an inventory since I just put in my March orders from the new beef supplier and from Blue Ridge Beef, but you’ll see that in the normal monthly raw food order post.
Pike continues to grow like a weed. After his start at the Hartford shows, I’m really looking forward to Spring Fling in Springfield. He’ll just be eligible for the 6-month puppy class, and Loki will be showing in Open for the first time.
Speaking of the Loki litter — Loki’s brother Dante finished his championship this weekend with a 4 point major in Suffern! Super happy for Marsa, and hoping Raylan and Loki will be hard on Dante’s heels.