Steve and I spent much of last week putting in our wood for winter which, of course, means Jake spent much of last week being a really big help.
I’m not sure what it is about the winter wood, but Jake really seems to be happy when he sees us filling up the shed. It might be because our lovable Cairn terrier, who based on his breed is supposed to like it cold, loves nothing better in the winter than sleeping beside the wood stove (well nothing except eating Timbits).
He lies on his side with his belly facing the stove and inches closer and closer until he’s almost lying underneath the stove. Sometimes, his body gets so hot to the touch we wonder how he can stand it, but then he gets up and goes to the kitchen or bathroom to lie on the floor to cool off. Then he’s usually back to the stove. He just loves the heat.
Anyway, Jake was pretty excited when the wood showed up last week and was even happier when he saw all the little sticks and pieces that were around. First, he and I chose a stick and threw that around the driveway. Then, while I started putting wood in the shed, he started gathering his own bits and pieces and carrying them away from the pile to a spot he chose on the lawn. It wasn’t long before he’d spread out quite a little mess, but it kept him occupied and mostly away from the woodpile so I didn’t have to worry too much about pieces of wood rolling down on him.
That, of course, was followed by his routine inspections. Jake’s a funny dog. He’s generally quite happy to be outside with us while we’re working, no matter what we’re doing. But when we finish for the day, he likes to walk around and check out what we’ve done. He looks at the gardens I’ve planted or the fence we’ve painted or the bark we’ve spread or whatever and you’d swear he’s inspecting it, possibly to make sure the work is done to his satisfaction, but more likely just to see what we’ve been up to for the day.
It’s no different with the wood. He likes to go in the shed and sniff the rows of wood and have a look around just to be certain.
The wood mess is now cleaned up (including Jake’s bits and pieces), the shed is filled and Jake has inspected our work. That means we’re ready to spend more time riding again.