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Deep Thoughts on DIY From the Dog

Note: Please welcome Julia Thomson as a new contributor to That Mutt. She maintains the blog Home on 129 Acres and will be writing for That Mutt every other Tuesday.

Home improvement, renovations and DIY are big parts of our life at Home on 129 Acres. The whole family gets involved. Whether you have four paws or two hands, you’re part of the crew.

So scenes like the one below play out regularly with our dog Baxter and our cat Ralph.

“I’d help you put up those curtain rods, but I don’t have a drill.”

Uh-huh? What about no thumbs, no vertical reach and a tendency to spend most of your time asleep, dude?

Deep Thoughts on DIY from the dog

“You think a paintbrush makes up for not giving me a drill? This pooch likes power tools, lady.”

Baxter with his paintbrush - Deep thoughts on DIY from dog

“Oh, and you made fun of my thumbs and my height. You’re on your own for painting that mirror. This is what I think of your paintbrush.”

Baxter the boxer mix helping with DIY

“Ahhhh… dreamland, where doggies have drills… and thumbs.”

Baxter the boxer mix hard at work

With Baxter’s help (or perhaps despite it), our most recent project—a guest room makeover—is now complete.

And as much as I make fun of him, I have to say that the various projects we tackle around the farm are a good way to spend time with Baxter. He’s learned to tolerate loud noises, trust that we’ll keep him safe (even when I’m climbing around him swinging a long curtain rod over his head) and to be patient while we’re working.

What hobbies do you share with your dog?

Julia Thomson is a blogger at Home on 129 Acres where she writes about country living and DIY renovating. Check out her suggestions for off-leash hiking with your dog here.

Julia at Home on 129 Acres

Friday 25th of March 2016

The pre-project tool inspection is very important.

Jana Rade

Friday 25th of March 2016

LOL Jasmine generally didn't care but sometimes had to thoroughly examine the tools and what was going on. Cookie's got that from her, I think.

Hobby Cookie and I share? Mouse hunting LOL


Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

Every home improvement project is an adventure when you have pets! I'm usually so busy keeping the cats from getting themselves crushed, painted or stepped on that I barely spare a thought for the dog. My favorite hobby to share with my dog has got to be photography. It's given us a good chance to work in his stay. I'm always out with him saying things like, "Oh this is a pretty lake! Needs something in the foreground, though . . . Hiiiiiccup! Stay RIGHT there!"

Lindsay Stordahl

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

You are a good photographer! How is your puppy?