Oscar’s Winter Quarters

dog-house-oscar-047Dogs and Cats live outside here.  They are an integral part of the team: cats eat mice and voles when they are on the move at night, and the dog keeps nocturnal animals like deer and raccoons away from the garden and poultry.



dog-house-hay-bales-053Ken creates a winter dog house of straw or hay bales for lots of insulation from cold and wind.  The space is small so Oscar’s body heat keeps it warm.  He nestles in among blankets, dog bed and hay.  Sometimes Big Red the Cat joins him and they cozy up together!  Once animals are about ten years old, they feel the cold ; we find a new recruit and the old scout comes inside our house to warm up. 

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