Stockpiling For Winter Hibernation

After a fleeting visit from summer weather a couple weeks ago, Chicago has once again been dragged back into the frigid march towards winter.  Luckily my apartment is equipped with a small fireplace to fend off the cold.  Eko and the fireplace have quickly become close friends, but I ran out of wood last week and the fireplace has remained dead since.  Eko was not happy to say the least.


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“Where is the ‘on’ switch for this thing?” – Eko is used to basking in the fire and he stubbornly stood on the bricks in an attempt to will the fireplace back to life

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“Oh fire, where are you?”  – I gave Eko a closer look to prove that his beloved fire wasn’t hiding.  He was incredulous that I had let it die

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“Will, we’re going to need to do something about this.”

As usual, Eko was right.  The weather wasn’t getting any warmer and I was going to need to use the fireplace just as much as him.  Since dogs are experts when it comes to sticks, I reasoned that they must have a similar expertise when it comes to evaluating logs.  I brought Eko to pickup firewood as my quality control expert.

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After careful inspection from Eko, I loaded up the car with as much wood as I could carry

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Eko was even kind enough to help me unload the car…

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Or at least that’s what I though he was doing.  Turns out that even for an expert like Eko it is very difficult to distinguish between wood meant for fires and wood meant for fetch!

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“Now THAT”S what I’m talking about, baby!”

Bring it on winter – Eko and I are ready!  Is your pet? How does he/she like to keep warm when it gets cold out?

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