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Re: There was a fire at my house today while I was not home.

Post by amberwolf » Jun 30 2018 4:29pm

Cooling thoughts, efficiencies, and yard stuff:


So far, despite the early months' significant overheating, it's actually cooler than usual so far this month, by several degrees. I havent seen much in the way of 110F+ temps so far this month, and nothing near 120F. Average temps seem lower too.

I'ts not much, since it's still usually just under 110F highs, but we've had a number of days like today and yesterday that are less than 105F.

Was even cool enough yesterday to go up on the roof in the late afternoon and re-cover the roof A/C unit with styrofoam cooler sections (glued together with expanding sprayfoam), around 3" thick in overlapping layers, which keeps the direct sun off of all the sections where air flows from the house up thru the A/C unit and ducting, and then back down into the house. That keeps that air cooler, making the system more efficient, especially since my brother has to keep the circulation fan system on all the time, instead of just while the A/C is actually running/cooling (meaning, the house air gets heated while passing thru the ducts in the attic (whcih isn't insulated against outside temperatures like the house is), as well as the A/C unit itself, and thus the A/C is less efficient, having to re-cool the air more often).

Was still too hot to go up into the attic and finish "boxing" the ducts themselves with the styrofoam (it's about half done from months ago).

Next up, gonna put a "block" of old computer fans up in the gables to pull air thru the attic; I think I have enough of them that are speed-controlled by a temperature sensor in the fan so it won't run all the time, just when it gets warm up there. That should lower the attic temperature a little, which will help the A/C work better.



The trees are growing well, including the little transplated sproutlings, a few of which are almost as big as I am now. At least half of the yard is now in shade most of the day, though there's still a large area in the middle of the yard in back and front that's poorly shaded or unshaded; near the house it's fairly complete.

Those trees near the house in back are all big enough that their branches can be intertwined to make arches to walk under and denser shade, and some are beginning to cover sections of roof edge, which helps to cool the house itself.

There's a mulberry on the center of the west end of the house that is barely taller than the house, and not very dense yet, which I've been guiding all the branches to parallel or spread over the house walls (because the previous neighbor didn't want any trees of any kind, inclding any branches from mine, over their yard--they wanted pure dirt and no shade no grass no plants, so they'd have nothing to take care of. :roll: New neighbor hasn't been here long enough to decide, I think, but has at least been watering the two front yard trees, that the previous neighbor had cut down to almost stubs of the big shade trees they had been under the neighbors previous to them).

Lantana about half-covers teh west walls, too.

Ther'es a little foot-high mulberry at the south corner of the west end, and a shoulder-high eucalyptus at the north corner, but both are slow-growing (the mulberry because it only gets direct sunlight for a few hours in the middle of the day, and the eucalyptus becuse of that and it's just a slow-growing type of tree).


I added some overhead pull-down shades from the edge of the roof to just below the top of the fence, for the north corner of the west house end (where my bedroom is), to shade teh walls and window A/C unit from the afternoon/evening sun when it's hottest.




There's one tree pair in the center of the backyard that's been slowly growing for years; the mulberry had been doing well but a couple years ago, either Teddy or Yogi did a number on it, chewing mostly thru it's main trunk when it was about twice the size of my thumb. Didn't kill it, but it stunted it until this spring when it really began to recover, and now it's taller than I am, but hasn't spread out yet (is just a few vertical "trunks"). I decided not to cut any of hte trunks in case any of htem failed, so there'd still be others to continue the tree. Eventually they'll all grow together anyway, once each gets big enough around (probably a few years from now). There's also a "eucalyptus" a foot or so away from it, that grows with it but more slowly, and between the two of them tehy'll eventually provide a lot of shade in the middle of the yard.

Some feet away to east and west are mulberries that are almost my size now, that will make more shade.


A much bigger mulberry is some feet north of that cetner pair, taller than the house, but not yet very densely branched/leaved. At it's base are smaller mulberries I'd intended to transplant last year, but events kept me from doing that until they were deeply rooted enough to be inseparable from the big tree--so I'm just leaving them there to grow along with the big one, as they are a lot denser-branched/leaved than it is, so eventually they'll add significantly to the shading of the yard when they catch up to the bigger one.


At goodwill, for a couple bucks, I found a "BOSS" watering spike, with a 2-foot-long steel tube with tip that has exit holes for the water, and gardenhose-threaded input and a chamber that can be filled with whatever concentrated liquid or soluble solid to inject up to a couple feet deep in the ground.

This makes watering stuff with deep roots more efficient than watering the surface (where much of the water just evaporates, or feeds grass on the surface), and I can see a difference in growth rates, too, after a few weeks of using the spike on the trees (and some of the isolated lantana bushes that are hard to keep watered otherwise).

It also lets me inject fertilizer or compost tea or whatever down deep where the roots are. And it lets me kill ant colonies, which have kept springing up near the street sides of the yards the whole time I've been here (nearly 20 years), as I figure they're living under the streets themselves. I wouldn't mind the ants but when they extend colonies into the yard, they attack the dogs when the dogs disturb one, and sometimes they find their way into the house by the thousands. Some are little normal ants, but some are half-inch-long with a heck of a bite. Havent' had any fire ants in a few years, thankfully.




For the lantana surrounding the front yard, I have drip waterer tubing I use once a week, routed among it's bases. This also adds additional water to the trees at the yard edges.


Been using the expanding foam stuff to attach styrofoam sheets to the inside of the shed roofs, which helps keep teh sheds and their contents a little cooler. On the walls i'm using bits of coroplast at teh corners of four sheets, with a drywall screw thru the coroplast into the metal shed wall, as that's cheaper than the expanding foam, and works fine on the vertical surfaces. (sort of works on the roof, but leaves a potential water leak at every screw hole).

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Re: There was a fire at my house today while I was not home.

Post by 1JohnFoster » Jul 13 2018 3:35pm

Where I grew up in Ontario, I used to hide in the basement, it was so much cooler down there my brain would start to work a bit again. It doesn't work so great at best of times and over 25C it just sort of buzzes like a ciccada.

Is it any cooler underground in Tx?

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Re: There was a fire at my house today while I was not home.

Post by amberwolf » Jul 13 2018 6:26pm

Probably, but I haven't been there since early 1985 (it was cooler in cellars then, so it probably still is).

Here in Phoenix, just a short distance underground, a few feet, it's MUCH cooler. Even a few inches down in the yard it's defiitely cooler, when I've tested by sticking probes down into the soil in direct sunlight. A few feet down it's generally below 70F.

If I had the time and resources (money) to do it, I'd exploit that for cooling, by building a piping and reservoir tank system under the yard, several feet down, and circulate a nontoxic water-based fluid thru that and an heat exchanger in the house (and sheds) to keep them all at a more constant (lower) temperature.



Regarding brain temperatures, I know what you mean. I have to keep it cool to sleep; the cooler it is the better; if it's down around 60-65F my nightmares can almost go away completely...above 80F and they are pretty bad. Unfortunately I can't afford the power to keep it below about 75F most of the time. My favorite time of year weatherwise is when it's cold at night, a couple months or so in winter, and I can use a box fan in the window to push or pull the cold air into the bedroom. (or whole house), and bring the temps way down.



Weather right now is very humid, and hot, though not as hot as a week and a half/two weeks ago, by at least 10F (even if it feels like it with the humdity). The rain has been significant, around an inch so far the last week; it's helpful for plants and cooling and budget; havent had to water anything for the whole week so far.

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Post by amberwolf » Jul 21 2018 1:11am

Still humid and hot, but the rain is probably gone for the season, it's sunnier, and the temperatures have started to go back to the 110-115F+ range.

Still "10-20% chance" of rain, but not in the general valley area--outside of it, 50-100 miles away from me, it's definitely been raining here and there. I can see teh towering clouds, sometimes filled with lightning visible at midday, ringing the valley most of the day.


Had to being watering certain stuff every day again; things that are in the direct sunlight much of the day.


But the grass and such is all growing really well after the rain, plus the high humidity and the partial cloudiness (keeping the sun from drying out the ground as much).

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Post by amberwolf » Jul 31 2018 12:36pm

Been sunny and hot since the above, until last night. Big powerful windstorm that tore down powerlines, trees, flipped cars !!! , tore up roofs and some buildings, etc. Power was out here for around 10 hours, until just before dawn. (so couldn't post this till now).

In my area there were a number of downed trees and crashes, but nothing like what some people reported in other areas. At my house some wierd things, like the crazybike2 is parked under the biggest mulberry almost right up against the north wall fo the house, with a bunch of pallet wood leaning against it, and the bike itself is leaning toward the house. The storem somehow forced the bike to lean the other way, away form the house, but all of the wood is still leaning against it just like it had been (at a slightly steeper angle now.

The held-down-by-bricks heavy mats, carpet, and styrofoam layers that insulate the roof of the third shed, that the trike gets parked in, and has an insulated awning, were all torn off of it and thrown into a nearby tree and across the roof of another shed. The awning itself, which is jsut a light steel frame with styrofoam spray-foam-glued together and to the frame, was undamaged and unmoved.

The aquarium I use to put the sun-tea containers in (so they heat to about 160F for hours and make better tea) was flipped off that shed roof, bounced against another one (from the dent in it), and smashed against the ground...so it's pretty trashed.

The awning under teh trees at the back porch, which is just a steel frame with some retractable window shades (mounted at the roof edge) pulled over it, had the frame broken apart and thrown to the ground against the house, with the shades just flopped against the house (not damaged).

The yard-light pole is torn from the botom mounting (middle still there) against the orange tree, and tilted to the south.

Bunch of other unsurprising small stuff, but also surprisingly lot sof lightweight stuff (plastic yard chairs, etc) were untouched, not even moved at all. Nothing on the frotn porch or yard was moved at all.

Stack of styrofoam lids under the big mulberry on a table under the first shed, just feet from crazybike2, were not moved at all; I wouldn't expect them to even be in the yard!

heavy sliding metal doors to the last shed to the north were torn off the shed and left leaning against it.


Thunderstorm afterward was intense, lights flickered at work many times but never lost power. The house lost power from the windstorm just about immediately; was at least a couple of hours before I got home.

Yogi hid against the security door to Mouse and Raine's room (it's there to keep Mouse the cat from doing stupid things), while Kirin was so soaked in rain I think she spent most of her time outside for some reason. She was out by the gate when I came home, running in circles like "where is he when is he coming home" over and over, and was really happy when I rode up, and she went isnide to go get Yogi but he wasn't coming out for anything, so she came back.

More later...gotta go to work.

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Post by amberwolf » Aug 01 2018 12:00am

On my way to work this morning, I got to see more of the destruction, stuff I couldn't see in the dark and rain last night.

Just in the couple miles' ride to work, there were actually a couple of streetlights down. One torn completely down, laying next to the road, and another tilted at it's base, either the concrete broken or some of teh bolts, and hanging out over the road. Road was blocked off, probably in case it fell the rest of the way, so nobody would get squished.

Bunch of trees, some small mostly big ones. Street behind my workplace is blocked off completely by a big conifer of some type. The parking lot behind the string of stores, with warehouse docks, trash dumpsters, etc., happens to have an entrance on either side of where the tree fell, so all day there was roaring traffic back there, from people frustrated with the tree in the road, and upset about it enough to drive thru the parking lot as if it were a freeway. There were a couple of collisions, one between two cars that couldn't manage to pass each other, and one that scraped a dumpster trying to pass someone else. None of them stuck around; dunno how they dealt with the damage.

UPS guy picking stuff up from us almost got hit by someone in a truck going way too fast thru there.

Chunks of roofing from tiles to shingles, to sheet metal, to pieces of layered stuff that looked like commercial storefront type roofing, with insulation (painted underneath), sheet metal, and a white foamed-rubber-looking coating on the other side. Some of these pieces were the size of a car. I expect they came from shops around the metrocenter area, but don't know which ones. They were scattered around in parking lots I passed, and some in the streets themselves.


With all of this damage, I was suprised to not see any broken windows, or signage.



Last night, it was too muggy and warm to sleep, but needing to get up in the morning for work I had to do something about it. I was too tired to do waht I wanted to, which was to get the giant 12V battery built out of the EIG NMC cells, and run the Harbor Freight 3kw inverter from that, to power the small window A/C unit. I figured I'd probably make some stupid mistake and set teh battery afire, so I decided to leave well enough alone there.

INstead, I dug out a 48V 0.7A server fan, which sounds like a small jet engine but it moves a LOT of air. Ran that off of my old CrazyBike2 14s EIG battery, which being 20Ah was easily able to power it for the about 8 hours from the time I got home and set it up, to the time the power finally came back on just efore dawn.

I placed it with a bunch of ice packs out of the deep freeze at the head of the bed, with a pillow a distance in front of it to dampen some of the noise (the rest of the noise would help me sleep), and to push the air around down on the bed more instead of just over the top of it.

Worked pretty well; enough to let me doze off and on mostly as usual for the rest of the night, though dreams were weirder/worse than usual (happens when I'm hot).


So I guess part of what I need to get done this next week, when I'll be on "vacation" from work, is to go ahead and build that 12v battery, and test if the A/C will work on the inverter with it. I'll need it for the dog's new Mk V trailer anyway, once that's finished (which hopefully I'll also get finished next week).

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Post by amberwolf » Aug 08 2018 11:50pm

Another big storm in progress...though it's mostly past by now.

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Post by amberwolf » Aug 19 2018 1:35am

Still haven't built that massively-parallel 12v battery. :/

Did get the insulation put back on top of the trike shed, though. Took a few hours, mostly because the heat with no breeze at all meant I could only work for short periods before going in and cooling off.

This time I tied it down, including screwing boards down at the ends across the top of the insulation to the shed roof itself, so hopefully it won't be able to blow off again, though if the storm is intense enough it could still happen (or tear off the shed roof).

Someday I'll get the insulation *inside* the shed roof completed, but until then the stuff on top has to do the job.

Really wish I had time/energy/materials/etc to finish insulating roof and walls and doors, and then cut a hole at the back under the tree at the west end, to put the little window A/C unit in. Then I could do more of the trike work in the cooled shed, and possibly accomplish more on it. (would still have to do the welding outside the shed).

Was thinking about making a heavy curtain around the outer edge of the awning area, which I could draw closed to work on the trike while on it's side, etc., then close the shed doors (to keep the cooled air in) and open up the curtains so I could do welding, grinding, etc., without moving the trike (which might be impossible depending on what I'm doing with it at the time), and then close the curtain and open the shed doors to cool the area again.


The insulation isn't just to keep the summer heat out (or winter cold), it's also to help insulate the noise of grinding/etc so I can do that work even late at night or early in the morning without bothering the neighbors. If I could work basically any time, it would increase the work I get done on stuff, because sometimes I simply can't do stuff (sick, or exhausted, or shaky, etc) at the times everyone else would normally be up and about. Cant' do it in the house, of course (might start a fire with the sparks, even if I took everything out of the back room to do it, there's still the fake-wood floor, made of flammable materials).



I also got the "spare" aquarium up on top of the shed once I was done with that, to do the solar cooking / tea /etc with. This one is a lot heavier, maybe 4-5x the weight of the other one, so it was quite a challenge to get up there. Didn't weigh it but I'd guess it is close to 100lbs. It's made of glass that's close to 1/2" thick, and is about the same size as a "40 breeder" type aquarium.

It's more complex than one of those, though, as it has the typical "box" shape, but it has a divider panel about 1/3 of the way from one end, which goes down to almsot but not qutie the bottom. About 2" from the bottom it joins a black ABS sheet parallel to the bottom, extending all the way across the remaining 2/3 of the tank. Then there's three 2" PVC pipes with horizontal cuts in them every couple inches, that stick out of holes in that sheet, almost all the way to the top of the tank. This is a sump tank, normally kept underneath the main tank, so sponge filters go over those pipes to filter out bulk waste and house bacteria to reprocess some of the ammonia/etc to less harmful stuff.

In my use, it's on it's side, and I can put the tea bottles between the pipes, using them to hold the bottles vertical. (the bottles get so hot that the plastic shrinks, and the flat bottoms become rounded so they wont' stand up on their own anymore).

Then the more open third of the tank can be used for the crockpot ceramic portion, or any other big pot, for solar slow-cooking. (the old tank couldn't quite fit the big pots).

The old tank would reach up to 150-160F+ on a hot day. The new one has thicker glass to hold in heat better, but it doesn't ahve the sliding-glass doors the old one did that made it easy to use for this.

Since there's no lid, or door in my case, I had to make one. It has to be glass, so light/heat goes into it, as this is the side that faces south. But I didn't have a single piece that would be large enough for this, so I used one larger bit that used to be the glass shelf out of one of the old refrigerators I had before the fire, and one smalle rthat used to be a divider in a different tank I don't have. Between the two, slightly overlapping, they're enough to cover the front (formerly top) of the tank.

Added foam tape aorund the face/edge of the tank, then held the glass panels against hte face and used clear packing tape and some very thick and wide vinyl tape in layers to make a hinge at the top edge.

Used more foam tape to secure magnets to the edges to keep it from flopping around and breaking in winds.

I didnt' have time or energy to tie it down to the shed yet, but need to do that so it can't get picked up and thrown off by the winds in any really big storms. (don't have any others to replace it with, except a 90-gallon size that I intend to use for the solar water heater project if I ever get back to it).


We'll see what temperatures things reach inside this coming weekend when I can monitor it in the afternoon.

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Post by amberwolf » Aug 31 2018 11:51pm

The hottest temperature is around 135F or so; stays taht way for a few hours in the midday and afternoon. Not really hot, maybe needs a better "seal" around the "door" so it doesn't leak the hot air out.

But...much more exciting news is there are two new "puppies" in the house, along with Kirin and Yogi.

PeanutButter and Jelly are several months old, bigger than Tiny but smaller than either Yogi or Kirin (for now) and I've been watching them grow up in steps as their pet parents brougth them into where I work for training, grooming, and just to come socialize. But their situation changed, and so PB & J needed a new home. Since I know them at least a little, I volunteered to take them on.


It's sometimes a challenge adding new dogs to a "pack", and this is one of those times, partly because these are puppies with little socialization outside their original human family, and partly because Kirin and Jelly are both strong "me-me" personalities.

PeanutButter has some issues with some humans, but seems to be ok with Kirin and Yogi as long as everything is calm. If it gets "exciting", when Jelly starts getting pushy, etc., then PB joins in on her side, and it could get violent (they *have* tried).

To try to mitigate possible anxiety or fear issues, and stress from change, I got pheremone collars for both Yogi and Kirin (since it had worked really well on Yogi before, and the plugin-diffuser works for his fireworks/thunder fear), and a couple of refills for the diffusers I have, and got those going the day before.

First we went out with Kirin and Yogi on leashes and harnesses to greet them at the street, so that any territoriality wouldn't apply, and they could greet each other as normally as possible.

But Kirin did what I had expected Yogi might, and actually tried to attack Jelly; and got so overexcited about it she bit Yogi's calming collar off. while Yogi was fairly chill, though excited to see people. Jelly also tried to attack Kirin, but whether that was defensive or not I couldn't tell in the confusion. Since we all had control via leashes, and I was able to block all the dogs from each other, until they all calmed down, nobody got hurt except Kirin who bit her own super-long tongue. (she sometimes manages that on her own just eating).

PeanutButter has some social issues with humans, but since he was wearing a muzzle (just in case) anyway, I just went up to him and scratched under his chin and chest, and after a short while he decided I was his new best friend though still shy.




We all went into the house, to talk and let the dogs calm down and chill out, and see how things would go. Persnicketyness continued, but they settled down and all laid down for a while, until it was time for their original humans to leave them here and go home. They were pretty disappointed about that part, and after a bit started up with the persnicketyness again, and so did Kirin and Yogi. :/

After a while it started to get to be such a back and forth that I had to get the basket muzzles out for all of them, so they could still be together and socialize and work out their pecking orders, without risk of injury. I'd really been hoping the pheremone collars would be enough, especially plus the diffusers, but it isn't.

So we're going to go in stages, where they all socialze but with muzzles, and then they're separate without them, and socializing just one of each with the other, with muzzles, and so on, until they work out who belongs where.

Jelly is likely to take the longest, as she is really bullheaded about getting what she wants.

Some pics:
Clockwise from the sitting dog at the left:
PeanutButter, Kirin, Yogi, Jelly.
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A little later after I had to start the muzzles; clockwise from left, is
Kirin, Jelly, Yogi, Peanutbutter:
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Post by amberwolf » Sep 03 2018 2:05pm

Night before yesterday (sunday, really saturday night) I was able to leave Kirin's muzzle off; she wasn't any more mouthy/etc than usual, and it didn't seem to set anybody off.

Then in the morning, after breakfast, I left Peanutbutter's muzzle off, since he seemed to have decided he's mostly at the bottom of the totem pole, and lets anybody boss him around, so was unlikely to start anything.

Yogi didn't react other than barking once even at PB's attempts to hump him (they're both neutered males) when PB got overexcited in playtime. So Yogi's muzzle got to be taken off shortly after PBs.

Jelly, however, kept being persnickety for a while. When she had finally stopped doing that stuff long enough, sometime before midday, I took hers off too.

So after that they all went without muzzles successfully all day and thru last night and today, with only a few awkward moments that didn't go anywhere bad, here and there, and havent' had to be kept separate for anything yet.

I *am* still feeding them in two different areas, because they *are* puppies, and think all food is for them (gonna take a bit to work that out of them and make them just sit and stare pitifully at food that isn't theirs :lol: ). But no barrier between them, just me being there to teach them not to go after anything that isn't in their own bowl.


It's kind of funny watching Kirin while these two play, because Kirin plays with Yogi by being rough and bashing into him, but when either of these does that to her, she gives them the stinkeye as if they did something horrible. :lol: She sort of wants to play with them, but doesn't yet know what to do about it.

She did try to play stick tug-o-war, but when they get their mouths too close to her she lets go and clomps around in a circle, which is her way of showing confusion, frustration, etc. If she's got the stick and they come running up to grab it, she first seems to want to play then she gets this wide-eyed look like "what the heck are you doing?". She won't grab a stick they've already got, not yet anyway.

Yogi isn't interested in playing while they're around, but it's also still too hot for him--he likes it when it's in the low 70s or colder, then he gets sproingy. So maybe by that weather, they'll all play together--that's weeks away at best, for late nights, and months for daytime weather. Right now he's still more like "get off my lawn". ;) But he's getting a little more tolerant, which is pretty good for the first few days with them, after a couple of years of just dealing with Kirin (who he mostly enjoys the company of, but has his moments even with her, usually when she's too rough playing, cuz he *is* getting older, something around 7-8 years, and she's only about 6).

Since the puppies aren't even 3/4 of a single year yet, they have a lot of catching up to do. :)


Not much in the way of pics yet, other than when they're all settled down:

This was before Jelly was behaving well enough to leave her blue basket muzzle off. In order from closest to farthest are Kirin, Yogi, Jelly, and PeanutButter.
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This is early today in the bedroom, after the puppies dragged the blankets off the bed and around the room to make nests in. Kirin is off to the left, PeanutButter in front of the piano, Yogi in the hallway, and sprawled mostly off the end of the bed is Jelly (who when laying down acts like a big bag of jelly).
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Re: There was a fire at my house today while I was not home.

Post by amberwolf » Sep 04 2018 10:27am

I didnt' have the camera at hand this time, so no video, but all four of them were playing together before breakfast today, so I think it's fair to say they're integrating well enough. Yogi is still a "ggrumpy old man" sometimes, but he's like that with Kirin, too, when she walks on him if he's laying in a path, or otherwise is closer than he'd like.

The two new ones, being puppies, ran around like crazy in a long course around the trees and bushes over the whole backyard, for several minutes, and Kirin would chase for a few dozen yards every so often, then stand there looking like "why are they still going? pantpantpantpant", and Yogi would wait for them all to pass him then he'd trot along for a few feet and stop, wait for them to pass again, and trot along, etc.

ONce they had the extreme crazies out they all stopped at the "watering hole" (the lobster-styled kiddie pool), then Jelly started roughhousing with Peanutbutter, and after a bit Kirin joined in once she found an opening that didn't get her run over by them. Yogi trotted past a few times, and Peanutbutter side-bumped him, and Yogi ducked his head and bow-played a bit, but didn't really get into the roughhousing, cuz his hips don't hold up that well to that sort of thing, or his left knee. He doesn't like it when Kirin pushes him over so he sits on his butt to play and paw at her, but the puppies are too rough and havent' learned to work with him like Kirin has.

No disagreements though, evne during collisions, though at first Kirin looked like she thought she was going to have to play mother and keep PB & J from being too rough with each other...but she didn't really want to step in there, and kept looking at me like "what should I do? They're CRAZY!" (when of course she herself would play with Yogi like that if he let her, and did do that when she first came here).

So they got their morning exercise and are now all crashed around the house, Kirin next to my legs here as I type, of course.

Their favorite spot has become the doggy landing strip, the path thru the kitchen to the backroom/backyard from the rest of the house, pretty much like in the pic above (copied here):
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Sometimes they look like they tried to make it thru a field of sleep mines, and set them off one after the other. :lol:



The only continuing issue ATM is that PB keeps getting the urge to hump Kirin and Yogi (but so far never seen him do it to his sister Jelly)...and both Kirin and Yogi have a negative interest in letting him try.

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Re: There was a fire at my house today while I was not home.

Post by The fingers » Sep 04 2018 7:53pm

Looks like they're ready to play spin the cat and turn the doggy landing strip into a kitty helipad. :lol:
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Re: There was a fire at my house today while I was not home.

Post by amberwolf » Sep 04 2018 10:30pm

Yeah, both the new ones would cheerfully play with the cat, but they wouldn't leave much behind. :/

I had to build an "airlock" around the door to the room the cat stays in (Raine's bedroom), so that the puppies can't see her sitting behind her "security door" gate. What they don't see, they don't really have any interest in. It's just cardboard over a pallet-wood frame on two sides, about 3 feet tall and 4 feet long, sticking out from the wall on either side of the doorway. Then at the right side of the right one, farthest from teh door, there's a hinge to another sligthly taller wood-and-cardboard box, which blocks the open end of the "airlock". It has a wheel at the non-hinge end to make it easier to pivot open, but it's a stiff wheel, so the weight isn't that easy to "nose" open for a dog. They could, if they cared, but since they can't see anything behind it to care about, they have no reason to. If I have to make a latch, I will.

There's a wire gate (like the stuff dog crates are made of) on the doorway itself, which keeps the cat (Mouse) in the room, safe from herself. :) Sometimes she climbs that gate up to about 4 feet or so, but usually not that high.

With Kirin and Yogi, we just had some cardboard that leaned against the furniture near the doorway, with a bell tied to it. Yogi didn't care, and Kirin would freak out whenever the bell rang cuz she'd touched the cardboard, so she'd stay away from it, and leave the cat alone.

But PeanutButter and especially Jelly don't care about bells (or even icewater misted in the face, or hissing noises from air cans, etc). so they would just push the cardboard out of the way and scare the cat, staring her down, or rushing the gate.

WIth the new stuff in place, they've given up on that completely, as if she doesn't exist anymore, even when they hear her.


Tomorrow, Yogi and Kirin go in to get their vaccinations (PB & J won't need them again for a few months), so PB & J get to stay home and figure out what to do with themselves. I'm hoping there won't be too much destruction. ;)

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Re: There was a fire at my house today while I was not home.

Post by amberwolf » Oct 13 2018 10:35pm

Forgot to update...but there wasnt' any destruction, though Yogi and Kirin were completely worn out by the time we got back home.

Anyway....All the dogs have adapted to each other pretty completely at this point.

Kirin is still jealous of any attention she isn't getting, but that's normal.

Jelly is better about just charging up to me and taking over as attention hog, but PeanutButter isn't. If I ignore him he'll eventually sit and wait, but he still tries to get between me and everybody else first.

Neither one of them notices they're stepping on each other or either of the others (or me), which is problematic sometimes, especially in the dark, because they sometimes step on Kirin or Yogi in spots that hurt with so much weight on them, and that causes a little grumpy snapping or growling or barking, though nothing worse than that yet. (hopefully never). Been trying to teach them to go around anything that's not just floor, but it's slow going.



I finally found a good enough sale on a security door for the front to get one (was going to build one, but hadn't yet found all the materials. Mounting it was a challenge, because of the thick insulation that was added after the fire on both outside and inside of the house; the bolts that come with it aren't long enough to go thru that and into the actual wall material, so had to make up some hardware to deal with that. Also the doorway was wider than the frame of the new security door; I guess they widened it a couple inches when doing the remodel/rebuild after the fire (cuz the original security door was the same size as this one, and it bolted directly to the wall on the outside of the doorway).

The door isn't to keep people out, it's actually to keep the dogs in, since now it's cool enough to leave it open much of the time, rather than running the A/C. While Yogi and Kirin won't try to get past any kind of barrier, even just a wire gate placed across the doorway, but the puppies are a different story, and have not yet learned this, and either could easily push past any regular barrier and get out, either getting lost or hit by cars chasing the neighborhood cats.

The security door will prevent that (though I still need to add a bottom rail, and a latch on the bottom, since all four dogs can just barely be able to all get up to the door, and if they all leaned on it at once, they might be able to bend it (cuz that's almost 500lbs of dog right now, and more as the puppies grow).




It's been rainy off and on; the last few days cool but mostly sunny, but had poured rain down a lot in the previous days--we actually got record rain at one point. So much that at one intersection, SB Cruiser was up to the cargo deck in water.....



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Been drizzling and then raining off and on all day today, until around sunset. Now the sky is clear for the moment, but there's more storm stuff coming towards us that may or may not pass over us tonight.

Wasn't all that wet at work, but streets were still very wet and puddly as I got towards home, and right around my block (and probably south of it) it's little lakes everywhere that doesn't have drainage (including my yards).

Jelly was soaking wet when I got home, laying there apparently sleeping with her nose in the gap between the gate and fence, waking up excitedly with her "rusty squeaking" as I turned into the driveway and stopped in front of the gate.

None of the dogs since the fire except Tiny have done anything like that, but Jelly seems to have really decided I'm her peepulz (though honestly she likes most people that will pay any attention to her). (Kirin is a little put out that I pay any attention to anybody but her, but she isn't aggressive about it).

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Re: There was a fire at my house today while I was not home.

Post by amberwolf » Oct 19 2018 9:28pm

More doggy pics, including one of Kirin exhausted next to me on the couch, after a bunch of puppiness just finally wore her out. And one of Mouse the cat, in "kitty prison" (actually just behind her safety door on my brother's bedroom, that keeps everything / eveyrone safe from Mouse, and keeps her safe from Kirin and PB & J.
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Re: There was a fire at my house today while I was not home.

Post by amberwolf » Nov 02 2018 12:36am

Lots more doggie pics:
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