We are blessed for a couple weeks this summer to have temporarily expanded the dog population at the farm. My friend brought over her two Cavalier King Charles spaniels while traveling overseas, and then my daughter asked if we could watch her two little guys for a few days as well. That makes six dogs in the house and, call me crazy, but I love it.
We set up a temporary fence in the yard, with access to the front porch so that we can open the front door and swoosh out the whole pack at once without having to put on shoes and snap on leashes. Even our own dogs want in on these trips out the door even though they can roam freely with their electric fence collars. Being enclosed meant nothing to our agile Beezee when she saw a rabbit across the yard. With a single bound, she leapt off the wall of the front porch and raced away. She was quite dismayed when she returned and found she couldn’t jump back up from down on the ground and was separated from the pack.
We rearrange our sleeping situation when we have visiting animals. My husband takes our two up to the bedroom and I sleep downstairs near the others just in case something unexpected happens. The visitors are confined to crates at night or when we both have to leave the house and can’t keep an eye on them, but most of the time we all share the main floor and I am surrounded by content, snoring creatures. I’ve decided to do a little article on each dog, so watch for stories and pictures over the next few days.