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02-21-2014 11:28 AM
McCoy Ive been running the floormate every other day recently. I'd be very interested in hearing feedback on the water in front of the door idea because I have had the exact same idea.
02-20-2014 05:57 AM
TommyB681 The only good thing about our constant snow fall has been no mud yet, just snow covered ground. For paws I just use an old towel and if they get realllllly bad I throw her in my stand up shower and hose her down
02-19-2014 11:19 PM
IllinoisNative In the "muddy" months, I've always used a bowl of water and rags to wash my dogs feet before allowing them in the house. Mostly because they're also allowed on the furniture.
02-19-2014 10:58 PM
selzer I just put them in a crate for a few minutes until they dry off. But I am dealing with snow at this point, not mud. Mud is coming. Mud is certainly coming. But more snow is in the picture before we get to mud, I think.
02-19-2014 10:17 PM
doggiedad in front of the doors i lay a track with towels.
i keep a towel near all of the doors. when he
comes in he heads to the steps. i call him back
to me (he's drying his feet on the towels). then
i open my legs and say "go through my legs".
while he's going back and forth between my
legs i dry him off. when i want him to stand still
so i can wipe his lower legs and feet i say "wait
a minute", "hold on", "stay", "wait Loki", etc and
he stands still so i can dry his lower legs and feet.
my neighbor taught him "spin". when he's on the
towels and you say "spin" he'll spin on the towels.
02-19-2014 09:24 PM
selzer Don't plant a willow if you have a septic tank or a well. Willows are dirty trees. You will be picking up after it all the time. And their roots. They can go for miles they say. The crush into lines like septic tank lines etc. Even uprooting them doesn't always help. They are an evil tree -- kind of like those nasty little pseudo lady bugs they brought in to kill aphids. What can they bring in to kill these biting little mothers???

As for mud, LOL! No hose here for months. Actually, it is currently 2 degrees ABOVE freezing!!! Today was the first day that I haven't worn my hat for most of the day, inside or outside.

My kennels and yard are still snow covered. Below the soft crunchy melting stuff on top is a hard, thick crust of ice. Above are some pools of water. So today, I had to do trenching so that the little pools would move out of the kennels and into the yard. Fun, fun, fun.

My ankle is sprained and I am out there on the snow, sawing away with crusty, hard ice to make little canals where the kennels can drain off all the melting snow.

But February isn't done with us yet, by next week it will be cold and crappy again. I think I am going to have to buy fuel again this winter!

Yuck, yuck, double yuck!!!!

When I see a cold sparkly blanket of white stuff in the yard, I think about digging out the kennels, and buying fuel, and whether or not I will be able to get my car out, and how long I will have to drive the SUV. When my dogs see the cold sparkly blanket of white stuff in the yard, they bound out there and roll in it and play fight. Someone, has her priorities and attitude in the wrong place.
02-19-2014 08:06 PM
David Taggart Some great specialists on BBC suggested planting weeping willows around your house and digging trenches for some drainage. I have always exercised my dogs more intensely in winter, all of them liked mud except Lucy. She's like a cat - wouldn't step in ponds, wants to turn back home after 15 minutes, doesn't want to give me the ball, carries it home and doesn't drop. Once she has dropped it though, in a ...a crevice in the paving on our road (!!!). Normally, I don't like to tell silly things like dreams and how to interpret them, but after tele and looking into that crevice I had a nightmare about my house which I cannot sell.
02-19-2014 07:38 PM
MichaelE It's going to rain, that much is certain. The question is how much.

We are expecting severe weather here tomorrow up to and including tornados. Not rare in February, but not that common either.

My yard is worse now than earlier this morning.
02-19-2014 06:39 PM
llombardo Here in Illinois anything is possible. Over 70 inches of snow, which I don't think ever had a chance to go away and it kept piling up will be melting along with about an inch of rain to be expected. Yes we are bracing for flooding conditions, chance of that happening is 100% if it rains
02-19-2014 12:06 PM
MichaelE Won't be in place until late this week or early next week, but I'm certain it will work and cut down on laundry.

And I won't be contributing to the problem with a garden hose. I have enough standing water/ice here as it is.
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