Originally Posted by In the Kitchen
Right now, I am disappointed at my neighbors AGAIN. Their dog is outside AGAIN w/no water, protection, or dog house. Every year this goes on. I would take the dog inside but then t hat makes them mad like I am trying to show them I disapprove. I just wondered about myself going out and I have to see this dog out there who doesn't have a choice. Who is the dummy here? They have another dog they just got, Dalmation. That dog inside. Why? When I feed it some kibbles or braunsweiger the other neighbor tells them I feed the dog. Are these people all brain dead? I am worried about the dog.
This just makes my blood boil. The poor doggies can't get their own shelter, food or water. And shame on the owners who allow one dog inside and not the other one.
I can't tell you how many times I went outside today to break the ice on our outside kitties' water bowl. I also have set up a big box - about the size of an air-conditioner box - that is filled with an old sleeping bag and a 75-watt light bulb. I've also covered the opening with 3-inch wide clear plastic strips on the front of the box so the kitties can come and go when they wish and also allow them to see outside when they're cozy inside, while keeping the weather out.
We have 5 outside cats and it's not unusual to have 3 or 4 of them in their "house" most of the day. I've also made a windbreak-type of tent at the top for those who are shy about going inside the box. The upstairs and downstairs of the house is ALWAYS occupied on inclement/cold days.
I'm probably a big softie, but I always make them a warm supper - out of discarded bones, broth, fat, etc. kept just for them in the refrigerator - every night, which is mixed with their regular food. They also get a couple of ounces of microwave-warmed milk. Yep, Buck says I'm a real mommy.
What can I say? I love my babies. They give me so much unconditional love and happiness, it's the least I can do.