challenge for today….barn water pipes are frozen solid,

Posted: November 27, 2006 at 1:47 pm

so…..how to get 50 gallons of water out to the barn in 2 feet of snow…i don’t want to shovel that far so i can’t use the wagon, i can’t get my car down the road we built, or even out of the driveway and i really don’t want to carry 4 gallon jugs back and forth 13 times…hmm, flooding spring and fall, desert in late summer and the frozen artic in between. maybe this aint such a little bit of heavan after all.

oh and phoebe is back…apparently she is  fully house trained until it snows. then she cannot get her delicate little self wet and cold to do her business. she was fine on the first couple of days but once the snow hit, she lost her home. way to go phoebe, welcome home, i missed you (briefly)

11 Comments on "challenge for today….barn water pipes are frozen solid,"

  • Chris Thomas says

    Well if they couldn’t deal with a few accidents then they were not the right home for Phoebe. Too bad though!

  • Carol says

    they said she likes warm, soft carpet, we don’t have any …i imagine she could trash one in a couple of days of bad weather protest. poor phebes, she just messes up where ever she goes…maybe she is telling us something too…like, she likes pretending to be a saint. it is probably the only time in her entire life that she got to be one.
    copper lost 6 homes for 6 different reasons til i finally told him he could stay…i wonder how many phoebe will secretly sabatoge? and if that is in fact what she is doing. she is way too smart that girl.
    do you think dogs can become institutionalized? maybe she is on her way to that. oh, please shoot me now.

  • Jean says

    Yep, I agree with Chris. In this weather, no dog wants to go out let alone one who is as ..um…assertive as Phoebe and in a new environment. And pinchsers do tend to feel the cold easily.

    As for the water: Can you manage until tomorrow? Then I will try to dig out my car and my gate (right now both are caked in ice and blown snow, and I’m nursing a sore back and a torn muscle in my leg I think)and we can drive bottles over there. However, we’ll need some comforters or something to keep them from freezing – the bottles in my barn are frozen solid.
    Then check out the heat tape for plumbing at the building supply place – you wrap it around the pipes, plug it in, and they shouldn’t freeze. That’s assuming the pipes are visible and reachable and not hidden in the wall – I can’t remember.

  • Jean says

    Carol, if Phebes doesn’t find her forever home you and I may be the ones to be institutionalized.

  • Jean says

    Oh, one other idea. The pipes to the barn are probably just frozen at the above ground level where they enter the building. You could try putting one of the space heaters just inside Tunie’s stall next to the pipe – it might be enough to thaw it. Might have to put it in an x-pen or something so Tunie doesn’t burn herself. Or you could sit there for the afternoon holding a hair dryer on it……..

  • Carol says

    my barn is warmer than yours, i have several tons of lean, mean, eating machines generating heat.
    i have decided to carry 20 gallons over there, (as soon as i can make myself) (2-10 gallon containers)…then i am going to try to get out of my driveway and go buy crocodile dundee some more mats.

  • Carol says

    no heaters or any kind anywhere near the barn… a barn fire would be a true disaster, i will haul the water and quit complaining, sheesh.

  • Jean says

    Okay, no heaters. Then the Plan B is to pack a bunch of insulation around those pipes, wrapped with insulating tape (foil type stuff)or boxed in so Ms. Piggy can’t pull it off to add to her bed. That may be all it takes. I have a bag of insulation here, I’ll have a look at the pipes next time I’m there.

  • Rae says

    You know I don’t blame Phoebe for not wanting to do her business outside in weather like this. You wouldn’t get me peeing outside when it’s this cold. I agree with Chris, they obviously aren’t the family for Phoebe, afterall whats a little urine between friends!

  • Carol says

    we need to give the family a break folks…not everyone who provides a good home for pets are like we are…even most rescuers won’t take in incontinent dogs, and no one likes to have their house used for a toilet…we work in the field, we get a crash course in compressed learning and survival and figuring things out, really fast and we do go miles further than most because we had to learn to. phoebe was only there for a few days, in a few days she looked like she was on a fast road to an expensive carpet replacement. not her fault her world turn into antartica, not ours either cuz who knew she was such a prissy little flower…i talked to leila today and phebes had no housetraining issues there either so it had to be the snow. and it is not their fault that it put a big question mark in their heads right off the bat…what is meant to be, is. what is not…ends up here.

  • Rae says

    Better to realize it in the beginning than to bring her back months down the road I guess

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