Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Spring Cleaning 

This is the time of year that I deplore. And it looks like we are having a VERY early spring with temps in the 40's already.
One of the first things that I do is take off every bit of snow from the top of the dog's houses. I tend to leave a thick layer of snow for insulation all winter but now I grab my shovel and the whole top snow block comes off in one huge slab! But the houses are dry within hours with the sun shining and the dogs are sprawled on top, being lazy and soaking up the rays.
This also keeps the snow from melting on the top and seeping into the dog houses or dripping through any cracks. It is a good time to check for any warping of the wood and screw down any loose places on the tops.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Spring melting 

It won't be long and we will be starting to get ready for the spring melt. The single best thing we have ever done in the pens is to dig trenches (about a foot deep and 8 - 10 inches wide) in the ground before it freezes and then as the snow gets movable we dig out the trenches. That gives all the snow a place to go when it is melting. Making for less standing water in the pens. And, over the years we have also raised the level of the pens higher than the other ground with gravel to allow for better drainage.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at dimon@northpole-ak.com

Cathy & Tom Dimon
Dimon Freight Dogs
North Pole, Alaska

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