A farm dog is essential for a country lifestyle and our Dixie doodle fits her roll perfectly. She was born almost 8 years ago in a horse barn with a bundle of cute puppies. The mom was dumped left roaming when a kind lady took her in. Another kind lady helped her find homes for these puppies and I’ll never forget that phone call.
The kids were excited, we had just moved in and to be honest a puppy was the last thing I needed on my plate. Not being able to resist those cute floppy ears and her rolie polie structure Robert and I decided it would be fine.
Since then we’ve learned a lot about Dixie, she’s a coon hound, loves the country, will protect what belongs and has no problem running off what doesn’t belong. She also loves to hunt rabbits and that’s just something we learned to overlook.
Dixie lives in a world of her own, full of heart as she doodles her way through each day. The last couple of years have been confusing because she doesn’t understand an empty nest and when Lucky passed she went into a bit of a depression. This was when she and I started to bond and I discovered a side Dixie I’d never seen before.
She makes the most of situations and always rises with gusto. It’s no doubt the move will be another difficult phase because the farm is her home. However, this new adventure will feed her love for the outdoors and that’s what continues to help her thrive.
When we had two dogs I learned that every dog needs their own space especially indoors. Outdoors it’s another story as Dixie preferred resting in the sheep shelters. I recently took her favorite shelter and transformed it into a doghouse we can use at the new property.
To build this house from scratch use 2 x 4’s for the frame and close in the wall with plywood using screws to assemble. The floor is left open because Dixie likes it that way.
Painting the Frame
The original color was green and I replaced it with a light grey. Painting was the easy part by brushing on two coats of exterior flat; it looked so spiffy after it was dry. At this point, Dixie was taking an interest in her new dog house, but I have to admit she kind of looked at me wondering why I was going through all this effort…
Adding details came next and it seemed fitting to use single letter stencils I purchased from Hobby Lobby. Get my how to stencil tips here.
I applied each letter onto a cedar fence board that screwed into the house frame. The stripe stencil came from Old Sign Stencils but I think she retired that a while back. She does have a swirl you may like here.
Other than Dixie’s name I needed something else for the house that was simple and fun. I turned to this zinnia cutting edge stencil that I used for a chicken coop project over the winter. This was a great addition!
The Finished Project
The finished project is a great fit for Dixie and we plan to take it to the property on our next visit. I lined the bottom with pink insulation foam in case it rains then placed a rug on top. Even though she prefers bare ground I’m determined to find her a level of comfort she’ll enjoy.
This project is an easy one and if you’re starting from scratch give yourself a day to complete from building, painting and stenciling.
Decorating the dog house Dixie style really didn’t take that long, it was a project that I fit in my day so it didn’t even feel like a chore and the best part Dixie was by my side the entire time. She’s a fun dog and we’ve become pretty awesome friends.
It’s nice to have a furry friend look out after you – when they’re not hunting rabbits….