Posts Tagged ‘garage’

Were you born in a barn?

February 11, 2009



This is my first Works for Me Wednesday post!  Aren’t you soooo excited?  Yeah, try to contain yourself.

This is a real winner of an idea, though.  Feel free to benefit from my superior wisdom in keeping furry children warm in the winter.

Harper Lee has made chewing a hobby.  I found some interlocking squares that you put together to form a 4×6 mat that’s useful as a padding for exercise equipment, etc.  She chewed it to bits.   Keep in mind that Harper Lee is the same furry child that chewed the hardwood flooring while it was still in the boxes in the garage.  And chewed the boxes.  Just because she can.

I was trying to find a solution to keeping my little (125 lb) Newman from getting cold in the garage.  All the furry kids are banished to the garage at times, but I just feel so sorry for my 125 lbs of fluffy Newman.  He has thicker fur than all the others combined, but the look on his face says, “Mom, I’m freeeeezzzzing.”  I can just hear his little big teeth chatter.  Blankets, rugs, sheets, towels… you name it, I’ve tried it.  I thought this exercise equipment mat would be a great solution since it was about an inch thick, lightweight, and would insulate little Newman from the cold concrete floor.

But nooooo.  Harper had to chew it to bits as well.  That was a waste of $15 at Big Lots.  However, I did get one for the elliptical machine.  It looks very nice, but is also a collector of dust, just like the elliptical machine.  At least it protects the floors from all the scratches the elliptical would make if it were being used.

After much searching and a little pondering, lo and behold… Tractor Supply Company has the solution.  This is the best thing EVER!  It’s too thick for Harper to chew and too heavy for her to drag across the garage when she’s ostracized from the rest of the family (I think I forgot to mention that she’s our family’s version of the red-headed step-child).

Kudos to Tractor Supply Company for horse stall mats.  Now my Newman (and Murfy & Mollie) can stay insulated from the cold concrete in the winter, situate themselves on the mat, just below the heating duct that I had ran out to the garage, and spoon with each other until mom & dad are ready to let them back in the house. 

Harper Lee, on the other hand, better sleep on top of the wood pile or grab some extra blanket scraps that she hasn’t chewed already.  It might be a long winter!