For about 6 months of the year the dogs have water buckets on hooks on the side of their houses, but for the other 6 months we need to 'soup' them (offer a broth of chicken and warm water) after giving kibble.
It takes 5 - 5 gallon buckets of soup to water the kennel, so souping takes a lot more time and heavy lifting.
Typically by the end of March/beginning of April buckets are back on the houses, but not this year. Even for the last week our nighttime temperatures have dropped to around -10C (12F).
Last night it rained though. Not a heavy rain, just a drizzle, but it was actually rain, not freezing rain, not snow, not hail - that was a good sign that spring might be close!!!
There were a few other 'spring is coming' signs around the yard too.
Most days I've been choosing rubber boots (break up boots, wellies....whatever you want to call them)..over other footwear...
I can finally see the beautiful blue asphalt shingles we had put on the house as the snow was falling last fall....
....and Mark's Stupid Cat has taken his lounge chair out of winter storage...
So I decided today was BUCKET DAY!!!!
I was quickly reminded that winter has not completely gone away yet when I got the ATV stuck on the way up to 'The Bone Yard' to pick up the skidder full of buckets.
The 'Bone Yard' (aka - our 'junk yard')
"Holy Cow this snow is deep", says my assistant
Of course, the first bucket went to Crunch (I asked him to pose with the bucket, but he rolled his eyes and trotted off).
Then it was remembering to take into account every bodies peculiarities regarding buckets.
Q needs a BIG bucket. He LOVES his water!
Yearlings get metal buckets....
...and then of course, colours need to be properly allocated!
|Yes Todd, navy blue is a very dignified and masculine colour!!!|
|No Wonder, this bucket doesn't make your butt look fat. Black is very slimming!|
A few reminders that 'your bucket is not a chew toy' did have to be given...
...to this .....
...in under 30 minutes, but I'm thinking her muddy little neighbor, Ewok and 'Lake Ewok' had something to do with it!
|Don't worry - she has lots of high and dry ground in her run - she just prefers playing in the water!!!!|
So there may not be flowers blooming here yet, but the first touches of color are back in dog yard - and my arms can catch a break from carrying buckets!! Phew!!!
Thanks for all your help Bitty!!!
...and yup, both Bit and I are going to need a bath after this dog yard project!