Sunday, July 12, 2009

In My Next Life, I Want To Be My Dog

"The Wretched Excess of Dog Majal"
Raleigh, NC - July 2009 (Click to embiggen any image)

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I can almost hear the WTF's all the way from here. But if you've known me for any length of time at all, you've heard me mention "Dog Majal". And the raised eyebrows and questioning looks are almost universal when I try to explain. So I've quit trying to explain. I'll just sum up.

This project has been going on for -- literally -- years. I laid the cornerstone for it September 11, 2004 but the site prep actually started before then. It's been through delays of all sorts in the interim, and has sucked down more weekends than I can count. But here it is... in all its grandeur.
Row 1

Left: The escape-proof double gate
Center: The walkway from gate to deck (more for humans than dogs).
Right: Full Frontal Wretched Excess

Row 2

Left: The sand left over from building "the beach"
Center: No, it's not a squirrel cage
Right: It keeps the critters away from the heating/air conditioning unit. (Okay, go ahead ... I can take it.)

Row 3

Left: The view's not bad either (in this direction at least).
Center: Clearly Tonka approves
Right: A Tonka-eye view of the front

Row 4

Left: Why? Because I had the materials left over and there wasn't much else I could do with an area this small.
Center: Did I mention the ceiling fan?
Right: I think he likes it!

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Artist Unplugged said...

Hey, looks pretty good to me, as long as you get a great owner and not a Michael Vick then go for it!!!

Vita Stunder said...

I smiled when I first saw the pictures..
Now I smile even more!!
Look at Tonkas tail - happy as can be!

This is love.
True love Vackra.

Hugs, Anna

Robin said...

More like Barkingham Palace (hey! I did it, I made a pun!) I'd say. Lucky Tonka, that is one stylin' pooch :).

pheromone girl said...

My dog, who sits here being jealous of your pup's kingdom, seems to suddenly think he deserves a much grander existence. Maybe that's why he stole my toast?

K. said...

LOL...I love "Dog Majal"...haha...I hope you finish it in this lifetime!

Maggie, Dammit said...


Luckiest dog EVER.

SandyCarlson said...

So do I!

magiceye said...

wow wow wow

Shadow said...

all things happen in their own time...

Ishtar said...

Wow! Tonka has a human who loves him soooooo much! But as with all humans and animals, they can't be bought with things but only with time and love. Great place to hang out when you guys are not around! :-D

The OmniCouple said...

What a beautiful, happy, spoiled doggy. Oakley Faith is jealous. Perhaps she needs a palace outside. She is an indoor dog, but we spend several hours a day outside together. I bet she'd love something like this outside.

SandyCarlson said...

I wouldn't mind being your dog right now. Nope, not at all....