The Cowboys

I would like to introduce you to the canine buddies who share our life and our tiny home. They are Dish and Newt, “The Cowboys”.

First, we have Dish. He will be 2 years old in March of this year. He was from a rescue group who provided medical care after his owner surrendered him for lack of cash for treatment. He was 20 weeks old when we picked him up. He is beautiful dark brindle with a white patch on his chest that stretches up under his chin. Dish is a Mastiff/bully mix weighing in about 90lbs now. In comparison to his body, Dishs’ head is huge, and with his mouth open he looks like a land shark. He is a lean, mean muscle machine. When he runs through the woods, he is as graceful as a gazelle. I’ve owned greyhounds in the past and they too are powerful, graceful runners, but nothing compared to Dish. He is completely comfortable running and dodging trees at full speed. He loves the woods with all its’ smells and the quiet sounds of nature. But with all his grace and beauty, Dish is not the brightest bulb in the box. The early extreme medical issues caused him some developmental problems.

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Second is Newt, he is going to be 1 year old in March. Newt is a smaller Mastiff/bully mix weighing in about 45lbs so far. He is a beautiful fawn color, with a white patch on his chest.

Newt is a handful, still a pup, he is a chewer and a digger, with a keen sense of smell. He can dig up a mole a foot under ground. Newt, like Dish, loves his time in the woods. Chasing chipmunks is his favorite thing to do. He races through the woods with his ears on high alert listening for the chipmunks whistling back and forth and his nose to the ground not missing any scents that have passed through. Newt is not graceful or agile, but he is a protector.

We live in an area that is surrounded by absentee owners, sportsmen who use their property three or four weeks out of the year for hunting or cutting firewood. We also have a huge tract of state land that lays untouched by humans a good share of the year. Because of the absence of homeowners or other cabin dwellers, we have a vast array of wildlife that travels around and through our property including black bear and coyote. Although it hasn’t happened yet, I’m sure Newt would have no problem facing down a bear. He is fearless.

We get many questions about their names. Well, life is all about compromise, so we decided that if my husband picked the dog, I would name it and vice verse. Well this time I chose the dog, I mean dogs, so he got to name them both. Their names come from the movie, Lonesome Dove, my husbands favorite, and Dish and Newt were cowboys in the movie. My Dish and Newt are just as rough and tough as you can imagine any cowboy  in the old west were, so their names are very fitting.

 

 

 

Living Small

imageAs the “Tiny Home” movement becomes popular, I have to tell you from experience that living small is not as easy as you would think.There are a couple of things to consider when thinking of living small.

1.  Organization skills. If you’re good at organizing, but not at maintaining it, you could get into trouble quick.

2.  Cleanliness. Even though you only have a small place to maintain, dust and dirt collects very quickly. If you don’t clean up your dishes after preparing and eating meals or make your bed right away your place is a mess in no time.

3. Storage. If you don’t have enough storage, where do you put the extra 5 rolls of paper towel you just bought?

4. Pets. Where do the food bowls go, where will they sleep, when it’s raining or wet outside, how long can they stay calm inside without tearing things up?

5.  Guests.  During nice weather, no problem, a couple of lawn chairs and outside you go. During inclement weather, rain, snow, or whatever, if you don’t have enough room in your tiny house trying to entertain can be challenging. If you have 2 dogs and a cat, it can be really challenging!

6.  Hobbies.  Consider a hobby that takes up very little space. Since most of your storage is going to be used for clothes and food, there will be little storage for hobbies.

7.  Humor.  If you’re thinking of living with someone else in a “tiny home”, you need a sense of humor. It’s so easy to lose it when you are in close quarters, day in and day out.

These are just a few things that come to mind. Each and every one of them have been or could be a problem for us at any given time. Our tiny home is 12×24. It is one room of comfy living. We have a kitchen area, dining area and bedroom/living room area. Upon entering our home, a visitor is exposed to all aspects of our life. If it’s a bit out of sinc, it can be really uncomfortable welcoming guests. Just something most people don’t consider when dreaming of those cute little homes they see on TV.