17 May

Dog Land, Bedlam Farm

by Jon Katz

When we moved into this Bedlam Farm, one of the first things we built was a special fence – a country kennel – for our dogs. They have plenty of room to run in and Fate can keep a close eye on the sheep who come into the pasture to graze.

Bud and Zinnia are hole diggers, they each come up with old bones and desiccated rawhide which they try to bring into the house.

Bud is a weather wimp and in cold or wet weather, he retreats into Frieda’s old dog house. When the dogs want company, they come and scratch at Maria’s studio door, she is happy to welcome them in.

Zinnia is still growing, we call her Baby Huey. She bangs into things. I’m always amazed at how tough Bud is, he flips Zinnia over by getting under her and somehow turning her over. I don’t know quite how he does it, but I do know he has no idea that he is small, and she has no idea that she is big.


  1. Jon, I am glad to see your country dog run, it makes me feel better to know others do as I do. I live in the country and my city friends come up and say, wow, all this space, the dogs must just love it. And I’d tell them that the country is not without it’s problems for dogs running loose. I have Australian Shepherds and they’d herd anything from a butterfly to a human being, so chasing after a herd of deer one day, my young Aussie took off through the deep field grass. She eventually came back. The reality of dogs running loose in the country is that they can become a midnight snack for a pack of coyotes. A dog run is the only sensible way to keep dogs from getting into trouble in the country. I have a 20×30 ft. run on my property.
    SandyProudfoot, Canada

    1. Thanks Sandy, I never let the dogs run loose unless I am walking with them and they have a 100 per recent recall..so far so good..

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