Yard Solutions for Muddy Dogs- my current solution

Since we moved- we have had to start from scratch when it comes to keeping the dogs (and our House!) clean.
To avoid this:
We have done some work.  1st decided where, and how much space we were going to allocate to the "dog yard".  In nice weather (and after the grass has grown back) they will be allowed to play in the entire area when we are home.  When the weather is not so nice, we wanted an area they would stay clean.  
We excavated 8", put down geotextile fabric, and put 8" (deep) of 2" (approx. diameter) stone for good drainage.
2" diameter stone base
Next we but down stable grid - a plastic interlocking system-
Stable grid showing the cells. Water drains, but stone stays in place
The grids interlock easily.
gravel base seen on the right.  Stable grid in the middle.  Pea gravel fill on left.

 Finally we filled that with pea gravel  The stable grid has open bottoms for drainage, but the plastic cells keep the gravel from migrating around the yard.  The non-porous materials keep the smells down.
Good drainage, no migrating stone, NO MUD!! 
Stones being put on top of stable grid

Done!  The plastic is a product call Kennel Deck and it is just something extra for them to stand on
The dogs have a shelter for bad weather, and a safe and clean yard.  Yes, they still come in the house.  One co-work asked me, "do your dogs know how spoiled they are?"  Of course not.  This is really for me and Mike so we don't have to mop our floors daily!  -- but the dogs love it too!


Puppies are 5 weeks

2 minutes of cuteness.  The box for the toy is just as desirable as the toy itself.


New Year and New Successes! New *CDX* for Acadia Teagan Rose, CDX, NF

New *CDX*
Congratulations Amy and Acadia Teagan Rose, *CDX*, NF.  Amy and Teagan earned a score of 193.5 and a 1st Place to complete the title.   Amy has had many successes in the obedience ring, and Teagan's new title is just her most recent.  Congratulations to Amy and Teagan!

Acadia Teagan Rose, CDX, NF


Happy New Year!!! Welcome 2018


Merry Christmas

Ch. Acadia Independence Day, aka "Mason"
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!  Thank you for the wonderful pictures.
Aspen and Rennon-


Bundles of Joy

Ch. Barwoods D'Lightful, aka "Joy"
Yesterday Joy had a litter of 8 puppies.  I am Super Excited!  Liza's son, Acadia's Stage Director, aka-Aidan, is the sire.  This is Aidan's first litter.  When we lived in PA our average litter size had dropped and Mike and I spent a lot of time and effort attempting to figure out what was the cause.  We never did come to any really conclusion, but it seems that Idaho agrees with the dogs- at least from a fertility standpoint.  8 puppies is a good sized litter.  Thank you Aidan and Joy.


Group 1 for Acadia Windstorm Desert Sea

Leslie and I co-own Acadia Windstorm Desert Sea, aka "Desi".  This summer Leslie sent Desi here to be shown, but there are not as many shows as I would like to go to.   Leslie decided to come out to visit and the two of us would go to Washington state to the Sammamish Kennel Club.   We analyzed the entry prior to going and we had noticed that we could win a major if Desi won the Herding Group.  If only it were that easy.

We did talk about it a lot.  We talked about how much fun it would be, and what a great way that would be to win a major.  We even told another exhibitor we wanted to win the Group to win a major. They said, "good luck."  In order to even get to the Groups, first she would have to win Best of Breed.  When she did, we looked at each other and smiled a big smile.  Step 1- Done.

We took the Best of Breed picture and the judge was very complimentary about Desi's structure.  She told us what a nice front Desi has- and that is a difficult virtue to find in shelties these days.  She told us that she has found many short tails, but Desi has a nice long tail.  She thanked us for bringing her such a nice sheltie.

As we were waiting for the Groups to begin, I said, "let's go win the Group".  Desi showed her heart out. The judge smiled when I put Desi on the table to be examined. My hopes went up. When the judge was doing her last look she walked all the way down the line, looking at each dog.  When she got to us she said,
"Sheltie- 1st."   We did it!!