Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sleepy pups

While I'm working on the sheep shelter two pups that I retained from this years litter are keeping me company.  One is the runt of the litter, the other is one of the larger male puppies.  they don't have names yet. 

They've been running around all day and are really tired.  They're sleepy, and leaning against one another trying their best to stay awake, but they're slowly sliding down each others body as they lean in. 

The big puppy is nodding off.  the only thing holding his head up is the smaller puppy.  She's supported by his leg.  They are really trying hard to stay awake. 

His head slides down her back, and hits the ground with an audible THUNK!.  He startles, and then raised up enough that his head is back on her back and then goes back go nodding off. 

Airedales are extremely loyal dogs.  They want to be involved in whatever it is you're doing, but these little guys are just tuckered out.  After I took this picture I put some hay in their pet carrier and put them both into the dry hay, where they spent the rest of the afternoon sleeping, waking up every now and then to watch me build the sheep shelter. 


Dean Smith said...

Are there any building code issues for a small structure like this on a farm in a flood area. I ask because I also need a similar small structure for tool storage.

Bruce King said...

The county believes that any man-made structure on the flood plain requires a flood hazard permit, whether it's permanent or temporary, and there is no minimum size for that building.

To complete the flood hazard permit, you may be required to have a survey done that shows the elevations of your proposed building so they can determine how much of your building is below the base flood elevation (BFE) and the amount of land covered by the building is recorded against the deed, as there's a total coverage limit of 2% of the available space.
With that said, it's unlikely that someone will complain or that they will enforce it, but as with me, my complaints were all generated by county employees and they are enforcing it.
So 2 years later, we're closer to a resolution, but I've had to have a survey done, and various other conditions (including a habitat management plan for salmonid species and resident killer whales) done, and will probably end up paying a few thousand dollars in permit fees, technology fees and fines.
Cost of doing business in snohomish county, the friend of the farmer.