We last left off with us getting tDog2 (Naïa)... our sweet Australian Shepherd/Border Collie cross. She came home about the same size as tDog... but she is now more than double tDog's size!
How is it working out in the 200 sq. ft. bus you wonder?
|In the car|
|Daily sweeping required (not always done though!)|
|Passed out after playing with her toys and my socks (aka her toys!)|
We made tDog's kennel into tDog2's bed for a while (above photo) but she outgrew it very quickly and we do not want to get a kennel that will fit full-sized tDog2 since it won't fit on the bus anyway. So for now, tDog2's bed is the couch...
It is NOT easy to accommodate a growing puppy in a small space, but thank goodness for 3 things:
1. the forest backyard,
2. tDog2's canine buddies and
3. Spring weather!
|View from the bus window of tDog2 exploring the woods right outside the bus|
|Walking around the farm with canine buddies|
|Playing by the bus|
|Running at the beach|
|tDog2 meets River|
|Learning to swim!|
|Chillin' out with her friends beside the bus|
The forest backyard has saved us from going nuts in our teeny tiny home with the puppy! There is so much wilderness for her to run and play in that it makes up for the lack of space on the bus. What is also wonderful is that it is obvious that Dog2 is designed to be outside in Nature and it is so great to be able to provide her with the freedom to be in her element. Having tDog2 in our small place has also gotten me hiking more (I much prefer to ride my bike!) because tDog2 won't be able to chase mountain bikes until winter (when her bones are fully developed)... So hiking it is.
|Sunrise in the trails|
|A good little climber dog|
|Two dogs stuck at the bottom of the slab|
When we are not on the farm by the bus...
tBoy has been doing some training...
|Attentive doggie pupils learning about trail running with bikes||(bribes may have been used!)|
|Doggie beach in the city|
|Bike ride to town (she no longer fits that chariot, of course)|
|tDog2 meets Pacific Ocean on the way home from the city|
|tDog2 wandered around getting LOTS of attention|
The following day, we went bouldering...
|It really was the next day even though tBoy was wearing the same t-shirt!|
|The doggies kept busy by chasing one another around in the forest...|
|Reminds me of another crag dog (tDog back in our climbing days)|
So... living in a teeny tiny home with a puppy is possible because of the Great Outdoors! Not so different than how tBoy and I manage to live in this small space. The bus provides us with the home essentials while Nature is our playground. tBoy is dreaming of having another dog who can always play with tDog2... Three dogs and 2 humans in 200 sq.ft.... I'm not so sure about that!! But so far, us 2 and our 2 dogs are doing just fine! However, as this...
|The day we picked her out of the litter (she was 4-weeks old!)|
|Almost too big to carry!|
We'll see if we outgrow the bus?!
As for today...
|A calf was born at the farm|
|The dog we are dog sitting (yes, we have 3 dogs on the bus these days) made a new friend|
(Next post: What happened during our search for land...)