Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Good Foundation

Despite (because of) Ray's best efforts to regrade the soil along the foundation, we have had to call in the professionals. 
Where once there was a nice slope with reasonable drainage away from the house, there became, after Ray's arrival, a WWI maze of trenches and foxholes. So with the relentless, incessant rain as a constant reminder that SOMETHING needed to be done, we took drastic action and hired a crew. 
As before, with the large-undisclosed-amount-of-money-dog-door-project, the regrading project became the might-as-well-do-the-patio-and-front-walkway project.
The three guys arrived yesterday, and Ray was absolutely thrilled to meet all of them; until he found out that he was banished to the house while the work was underway. 
The extensive, purposeful trenching of the men put Ray's haphazard diggings to shame. Unfortunately, the rain started again this morning. The torrents have turned the trenches into canals. The poor, soggy crew are attempting to continue their work, and the poor, blind dog has abandoned all hope of being allowed outside to help. 
Ray-proofing in progress

Soggy crew


Sad dog


  1. I take it the crew are new fans?

    1. I think a mutual fan club is going on. Ray LOVES all three of the guys and they seem to return the affection. It's just too bad they actually have to work all day instead of giving him bellyrubs.

  2. Send some of that rain our way. We need it badly.

  3. Howdy Ray, we've popped over the the acd6pack to say hello. Nice to meet ya mate. We're Stella (cocker spaniel) and Rory (great dane) and we live in Oz. Looking forward to getting to know ya more. See ya soon. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

    1. Nice to meet you Stella and Rory. I popped on over to see your photos. I just have one word for Rory. Wow.

  4. Hi Ray,

    I am Jennifer and I met you the other day when the men were working on your back yard and gave your mom some alpaca fleece. I was very pleased when yo gave me several "shouts" and would love for you to meet my tibetan mastifs, Sam and Drake. Maybe someday your mom could bring you out to the farm!


    1. Hey Jennifer!
      I would love to come and meet Sam and Drake. And I think I would like to get a good sniff of an alpaca too.