The weather network this morning claimed it was raining. The weather itself had some other ideas. It snowed a whole bunch, right through until lunch time.
So I dressed everyone up in their winter finery to enjoy it while it lasted. My dogs don’t really need coats, since they grow their own, but I have a bunch laying around and I like to make them wear them from time to time because it amuses me.
However, none of the coats fit Dexter, because he INSISTS on growing all the time and is bigger than all of them.
I’m also trying to put the brakes on something I like to call “Dog Bed Drainage.” You tell me if this happens at your house, or just in The Food Lady’s vortex … when my many wet dogs come in from a good play outside, they like to flop themselves down on the various dog beds and nap (except for Dexter, who runs around the house looking for something to do). The dog beds, in turn, wick all the moisture off my dogs, funnel it through the layers of foam and release puddles of water on the underside of the beds, making the floor sopping wet. The tops of the beds will feel relatively dry – perhaps a titch damp – to the touch, but the undersides are literally sitting in pools of water. WTF?
Since I don’t really move the beds around all that often, unless I’m cleaning house, I had no idea that for the last rainy week or so, the beds have festering in a mess of their own doggy-smelling liquid. Gross. And probably not good for the laminate. I’ve starting putting towels under the beds to soak up the water, but I’m thinking I may need to slip a layer of plastic between the top of the beds and the foam inserts. But then won’t the top of the beds then stay wet? I can’t imagine this being much of an improvement, for surely if THEIR beds are wet, they’ll just use my bed instead. Curses!
Since the coats keep at least a 3rd of the dogs’ bodies dry, I am hoping it’ll cut down on the wet bed syndrome.
Some dogs give me stink eye when I make them wear coats.
Or perhaps some dogs are just angry that I accidentally focused on their chopped-up Flamboyances™ instead of their faces. Oops. I sure hope it grows back!
However, Wootie changed his tune later on in the walk when he learned he could glide through the pokies in his nylon coat without anything snagging in his fur.
Stop calling me! I’m busy slipping through stuff.
WebJoe continues to obsessively redesign Wootube. He noticed there was some whining about missing the old header, so he’s incorporated a bit of it back in ;-) I think it’s looking pretty darn good these days! You should all say thank you to WebJoe for his hard work.
And while he’s redesigning my virtual life, I’ve been playing with some new post processing techniques. The Big Air site is getting close to being done, and I’m very excited about that. It’s hard for me to get inspiring photos in the winter, since it’s dark when I get home from work, and it always seems to be raining or something equally unpleasant on my days off. And since my flash is still broken, indoor shots are pretty well out of the question. So I’ve been learning some new Photoshop skillz, which will hopefully translate to more interesting photos for all of you to enjoy as the weather gradually improves.
If the Food Lady lady won’t get out of her computer chair, we should throw her in the lake! Who’s with me?
I promise not to throw you in a lake, Food Lady … if you take this coat offa me. Whadda ya say, do we have a deal?
Damn smart border collies. Who taught them to negotiate anyway?