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Old 06-06-2010, 03:03 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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Although the previous owner lost their home, that doesn't mean their dog should too. So as of yesterday, I adopted Bella, a 5-year old female English Mastiff. I know it's hard for large breeds to find a new home, so I'm just happy to be able to provide that for her.

She's still adjusting to my (her new) place, but for the times when she wants to be outside, she's going to need a her own space. So I'm going to be building a 26 sq.ft. (4' x 6-1/2') house for her. Being in the valley, the temperatures can get up there during the summer, so any aspects that can help keep the house cooler will help. I'm thinking ...

- radiant barrier sheeting for the roofing
- vented soffits
- raised flooring

Basic construction would be dimensional framing, cedar or redwood siding (less toxic than plywood?), and shingled (or maybe tile) roof.

So are there any other aspects I should be considering?
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:55 AM
 
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Built in fan to move air.
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:18 AM
 
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Can't offer any advice but am very happy you're taking her in!
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:32 AM
 
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I am sorry I don't know which dog house you should choose, but just wanted to say you did a wonderful thing adopting Bella.

Mastiffs are adorable and I hope you have a great life together.
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Thanks for adopting Bella! I worry about all of these pets who are left behind. I just can't imagine why people do that, no matter how bad it gets, but Bella is a lucky girl.
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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The fan is a great idea; maybe even one that spritzes some water and/or a gel cooling pad. A raised platform of some kind for water as well. And if you really want to go crazy, how about her own pool (: I have yet to meet a dog that doesn't like a tub full of water on a hot summer's day.
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:35 PM
 
Location: 500 miles from home
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When I was little, we had a kiddie pool outside for my Lab. We lived in Alabama so it was HOT. He loved that pool and would lay in it all the time. He didn't like to be inside too much - but occasionally we would convince him to come inside when it got TOO hot.
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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Well, the weekend has passed, and while we're still getting to know one another, I'm very concerned that she's barely been eating. She's been doing her duty, but otherwise, we're talking less than a cup of food for two days. And that's very little for a mastiff.

Is it the stress? Essentially, my place is the third home she's had in less than a week.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Phelan
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Well, the weekend has passed, and while we're still getting to know one another, I'm very concerned that she's barely been eating. She's been doing her duty, but otherwise, we're talking less than a cup of food for two days. And that's very little for a mastiff.

Is it the stress? Essentially, my place is the third home she's had in less than a week.
Poor thing - yes stress can cause her to be off her food. Just keep offering her food and water. If she refuses all food AND WATER then you may need to take her to a vet for evaluation. But stress can cause diarrhea and for a dog to be off their food.

Bless you for taking in that lost soul. Once she trusts that you too won't leave her, she will come around and be happy again.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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Yeah, that I have been, and she's been drinking water (and plenty of that). The last pile of droppings (this morning, before I left for work) was on the wetter side, but it's nowhere close to diarrhea.
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