Junkyard Dog

cabana is sitting on a front porch of sorts, of a little dog house, there is a green pillar on one side of her, a pink one on the other, both posts have paint worn away, there are beaded curtains to the side of her and behind her, the doorway behind her leads into the actual dog houseCheck out this swanky looking dog house, with brightly painted posts, beaded curtains, and although you can't see it in the photo, red wall-to-wall carpeting. Hotsy totsy!

wider shot of cabana and the dog house, which is surrounded by planters, old wood pieces, lots of stacked wood in the far back, the roof of the dog house is made of corrugated tin, and there's a couple of signs on the house that say 100% bona fido green builtCould this be a fancy new canine domicile for Cabana? Actually, no. It's a dog house made entirely of re-purposed and up-cycled materials, i.e. JUNK! (Or "junque", if that's more to your taste.)

We recently went to a salvage yard in our town. Why? Well, why not?! I had been wanting to check this place out for quite some time--and my daughters and Cabana were dying to check it out, too. Not really, I made them all go with me. Or should I say I bribed them with the promise of frozen yogurts (my daughters were bribed; Cabana came along willingly). But my daughters ended up really enjoying the place and even asked to go back again soon.

cabana is sitting on the gravel,  in front of a very old and rusty green willy truck that says PG&E on the front, behind and to the sides are lots of piles of old lumber, partially covered by re-purposed banners or tarpsNot only is this truck green (or at least it was in its heyday), the whole place is a "green" cornucopia of reclaimed materials, waiting to be used in home and garden projects--or whatever else a person may fancy. It might take a bit of picking through to find what you want, but it's a fraction of the price of buying something new--and so much friendlier to our environment.

closeup shot of cabana in front of the rusted truck, she is in a sitting position but her legs are both way over to one side, so she's only sitting on one haunch, the attached red flexi leash is on the ground in front of herCabana was a good sport about posing. She has a really strong "stay", and I was very grateful that she doesn't pick things up with her mouth much. I'm sure there were lots of little doodads around on the ground. Here, she's sitting so funny, like, "Ouchies, Mom, why do I have to sit on these uncomfortable little rocks?"

a rustic looking teeter totter made out of a 12 foot long wooden log, my daughters are each on one end smiling, cabana sits on the ground in front of the teeter totter, she looks like she's zoning out, they are in front of a building that has lots of signs and junk all over itThe people that work here have made beautiful things out of some of the reclaimed materials. There are planter boxes, sheds, coat racks, tables, adirondack chairs, bird houses--and that fancy dog house. My daughters had to try out this teeter-totter. I think it was a couple of frozen yogurts well spent!

JackDaddy  – (March 27, 2010 at 8:20 PM)  

Cabana wants to ride the see-saw too! :)

Anna  – (March 27, 2010 at 10:54 PM)  

That looks like a super fun place!!

Emily  – (March 28, 2010 at 6:22 AM)  

That's so cool! Looks like Cabana is really diggin' the dog house :)

Becky  – (March 28, 2010 at 7:42 AM)  

Oh my goodness that sounds like so much fun! Love the girls on the teeter totter. Cabana is so great to pose - especially in the dog house - awesome!

Kari in WeHo  – (March 28, 2010 at 11:21 AM)  

what a cool place! I love that dog house

Toby- The dog with a blog  – (March 28, 2010 at 3:47 PM)  

I would so buy that dog house!
Very nice sits Cabana!

Erin and GuidePupPompei  – (March 28, 2010 at 5:01 PM)  

Very Cool! We gave your blog an award at Pompei's Progress! :)

Toby- The dog with a blog  – (March 29, 2010 at 7:27 AM)  

Toby has just passed along 2 awards to you - check them out on his blog,

Toby's Raiser

Carrie and Waffle  – (March 31, 2010 at 12:52 AM)  

Did ms. Cabana end up with a new dog house?
looks like she was settling in.

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