Have the window seat box
all build, just working on the sanding - then finishing.
The lid is leaning against the wall. This is what I do when
Pat is on the roof where I don"t go...
08/03/2016 - Cool stuff
happening with the Expansion. Got the last window in and had a very
cool inspiration for my greeting area. We are going to build a
window seat with storage in front of that new window. Great view out
at the runs and comfortable seating for doing paperwork and such.
Just one more outside door to go.
We had wonderful help from Jenny Sorensen and her husband on
Saturday. Pat and Carl got the main beam up on the roof and all of
the current high up stuff done. Next step on the roof is rafters and
Had a wonderful donation by the manager of the Hillsboro Home Depot
store. Amanda donated a new washer and dryer. Part was paid by Home
Depot but the majority was paid by Amanda herself. #ThanksToHomeDepot
I cried... of course... just way to exciting that so many wonderful
people are willing to help us with this project. That's the
last door leaning against the washer and dryer.
We also received a $1000 grant from
Maddie's Fund #ThanksToMaddie that will go to the next round of
lumber. Good thing cause my Home Depot card is maxed now...
These doors have been hidden in the shop
now for 20 years waiting for the perfect place. I fell in love
with them at one of our local yard sales and had to have them - all
dry and dirty I could tell that the embellishments were hand carved.
It would be cool to know their history, but not real likely. Once I
get them re-finished they are going to be the entry to the office.
I forgot to snap a picture before I started. The bottom part
shows how old and weather worn they are. The top I have
started the re-finisher process. I can't wait to see them
As always donations are greatly needed
to keep up our momentum. We can only proceed as quickly as we have
funds coming in. Every single dollar makes a huge difference to us.
Since we are doing all the work ourselves we have no labor expense
and all of the funds are going to the materials.
Here is the link to our You Caring Fundraiser or - you can paypal
friends and family donation to
email@example.com - or - email me at that same
address if you want to mail in a donation.
We also have a smile.amazon.com wish list if you prefer to donate
something specific, or email me for needs. Right now our biggest
construction need is the plywood for the roof.
Thank you so much to those who have donated so far. You are ever so
much appreciated!!! Please keep sharing our messages and pass the
word so we can get this done. I am so looking forward to how many
more of these little fuzzy guys we can rescue. This is a huge deal
for expanding our California Program, as well as the increase in the
dogs I can take from our own shelters. With the California Program I
will be bringing up more into this area where they are very
difficult to find tiny fuzzy kids.
Here also is the link to our Face Book Group.
Making headway. Got one more window in -
discovered as we were putting in the framing for it that it opens up
and down rather than sideways... big discussion on whether or not it
matters came to "just put it in. I am tired and want to have it
Painted the doors and even have the first light installed, so making
headway on the electrical.
Next step is to put the last window and the house deck access door
in. Then we have to do a bit of more work underneath before we can
make the connecting access to our existing house. Plus there is a
lot of electrical stuff to be going on and Pat is anxious to keep
moving along on the roof. With our funky weather we are definitely
feeling the pressure to get everything all sealed up and weather
As always we are still short of funds for this project. For the most
part we can only proceed as quickly as we have funds coming in.
Every single dollar makes a huge difference to us.
Here is the link to our You Caring Fundraiser or - you can paypal
friends and family donation to firstname.lastname@example.org
- or - email me at that same address if you want to mail in a
Thank you so much to those who have donated so far. You are ever so
07/10/216 - Did quite a
bit of work on the electrical. Got the vent fans put into
place and the power run for all the plugs and switches on the shop
side. Can't do the creek side until we finish with the siding,
windows and doors - and that requires more money for lumber. I
LOVE my gang of plug ins for my grooming space (learned something
new - lots of plugs are a gang - these are two 3-gangs LOL).
Pat thinks I am overdoing it with the plugins, but I am totally
tired of running out and having to resort to power strips and power
strips plugged in to power strips. None of that here and I am
a happy girl.
Also, began exploring how we are going
to do the roof. Pat seems to have a plan in place. We
will be using metal roofing on the new building then extending that
are re-roofing the house with the metal as well. I have wanted
to do metal ever since we moved out here... I never want to
worry about it again. We will be leaving the existing roofing
on the addition and totally enclosing it in with new roofing,
including creating eves, so that only we know it is there. We
figured it was best not to disturb the factory stuff, just add to
its durability. OH :) here's a preview glimps of the artsie
cover over the deck. Still some temp stuff going on with it,
but its looking pretty cool to me. Now I need to find an old
cast iron pulley to hang off that top beam.
07/05/2016 - ***
EXPANSION UPDATE *** Maybe some day a four day weekend will mean a
trip to the beach. Not this weekend though :) We worked HARD. Got
the siding, windows and doors all up on one side. Finished the steps
and handrails on both sides of the deck. Still to do the handrail on
the deck, but that will be later. Even got power run to the
building. YAY Just one outlet so far, but at least we can get rid of
the extension cords running from the shop. My assignment this week
to to draw up his electrical plan... where I want lights, outlets,
vent fans, etc.
Don't forget to donate
and help us keep the momentum up.
There we have
electricity - Pat says take a picture of that.
windows and the entry door all the way back to the main
house. Almost able to call it all one house. Going to
wait for that until the entry way to what will be my office
Deck steps and
There will be deck railing and finishing panels so that the
deck part is closed off - then the steps will end up being
into runs on each side.
06/27/2016 - We have had
a blessed couple of weeks. We found all of our windows and
doors through Habitat for Humanity. They cost us $100 rather
than the $700 we were anticipating. We have gotten three of
the windows in now and are down to the door on the shop side. So far
the heavy construction costs are the $1000 in electrical (including
lights, ventilation fans and most of the wire) and are pushing $2000
in lumber so far (only about halfway there with that, not including
the ramp). The pressure treated wood for the ramp that will
run between the alleyway to the entrance door on the building is
going to be a biggie bill. This weekend we got the steps in on
the shop side of the deck and are going to be working on the other
side this week. Also, we received a wonderful donation from
our Amazon Wish list of the doggie bath tub. It is exactly
what I wanted and I can't wait to see it mounted in the counter -
but that will be a bit of time in coming. As overwhelming as
the big picture is we are still having tons of fun. We are way
tired at the end of every day but still ready to go the next day.
Pat says "how did
I get roped into this?" My answer, "You have been all over this
from the beginning." His response "Keep telling yourself that."
We were working on the steps. I say "Just like playing with
blocks." Pat answers, "Cept you have to build your own blocks
06/05/2016 - The
progress for this weekend is quite cool. We built the deck out
the French doors. The awning is temporary to give us some
additional shade while we are working. It will change with the
roofline when we get to that point. We have something a bit on
the artistic side planned for that. Still need steps and hand
railing, but that is the easy part next to what we did. We
also got the plastic barrier pulled under the building and that will
finish being spread out while we do our least leveling adjustment
next week. Also got the first pieces of siding along the
sides. Next weekend we will be working on framing in windows,
doors and the ventilation system and are likely to get some more
siding in place. I am ordering the windows this week so they
are probably another week out before they get her. This is
also plea time for donations as the windows and the rest of the
doors are going to run about $700.
05/31/2016 - So fun to
begin seeing the visual progress. Thinking the next few weeks
are going to give us quite a bit as we begin to remove the metal
siding from the sides and install the wood siding, windows and
doors. Definitely a slow process as, at this point, Pat and I
are doing all the work ourselves. Sometimes it is quite a
discovery project to figure out how to make things work properly.
Thank God for You Tube - LOL This weekend we did the
french doors on the end that will lead to a small deck and access
the runs on each side. By the way muscle labor is always
welcome on the weekends. Show up for a visit and we are not to
shy to put you to work.
Below is a shot of the inside taken with
my back to where the entrance to our current space is. Now we
have all the old walling out you can get a glimpse of how big the
space is. It is hard to see here, but I have tape on the floor
laying out where our kennel units for night time sleeping are.
The entry door on the left with the gooming, bathing and laundry on
the left as well.
05/28/2016 - It has been a bit since I
have posted anything on our expansion. Still working hard on
the leveling and getting things ready to start on the visual stuff
so no pictures to update this round. So, I thought I would go
into some of our plans for this addition and what this will do for
our program rather than giving a build update.
Currently we have sane room for 6
rescues at any given time. We can make room for more should
the mass rescue or some other urgent situation come into play.
This is a bit of a squishy number as we manage what we need to.
Currently we have 7 here and have managed up to 15 rescues but
things are a bit silly when we do that.
With this build we are
increasing our rescue space by 12 regular spots to a sanity rate of
For the past couple of
years we have dedicated ourselves to Oregon and Washington dogs with
surrenders and shelter pulls. Sometimes I have to many and
sometimes it is more difficult to fill the spots. It has been
a couple years since I brought in dogs from Calif shelters as our
Oregon and Washington shelters were able to keep me at capacity.
Over the past month I
have been working with our new California Representative to receive
approval at several California shelters. Beginning now I have
committed two of our regular spots for Californian dogs. Once
the build is complete I will increase that to six. This will
still allow us ample space for our Oregon and Washington needs as
well as expanding our work with California. Once the
build is complete the number of California dogs may be more,
depending on what needs our assistance in Oregon and Washington.
Those of us in Oregon
and Washington know how difficult it is to find a tiny fuzzy dog
here and it is very difficult for a person to get a California on
their own. This will allow us to save so many more from the
certain death that is happening in Californian shelters.
Working this project in
addition to continuing all the work we are currently doing is
hitting us hard. Every minute and every penny is going into
this. We are badly in need of funds to keep our momentum.
Initially the funds received are going to be used for the building
materials needed to get the build completed (doors, windows,
insulation, drywall, siding, etc.Ö), then for the fixtures that are
needed to furnish it (kennels, shelving units, grooming station,
bathing station, washer and dryer, etc.Ö). We have
applied for several grants, but our past experience has not produced
any results with those.
We canít do this without
your help. You can donate on our YouCaring fundraiser at
If you prefer to send funds directly you can paypal to
email@example.com or email me at the same address
for mailing information.
05/07/2016 - Building is
in place YAY - next step is leveling. Here are some pictures
of the move-in process.
Above - this is the final location. Ugly right now, but so
much potential. Left - The windows will change and the runs
will go all the way to the end. Right - This is where the
walkway between the house and the shop will be. The main
rescue entrance will be about halfway down the new structure.
Below - this is the first picture of the inside. The room
structure in the center will be removed leaving a large open space.
To my back will be French doors leading to two of the runs. At
the opposite end is where the short hallway to the main house will
05/01/2016 - Great productive
weekend. Added three photos in the album. Brought in 7 yards of
gravel, 8 yards of dirt and one yard of bark. Now for just a bit of
leveling and compacting. We intend to move the new structure into
its spot here next weekend (weather cooperating).
OK - so the one yard of bark was more about my spring face lift than
the expansion but... still... hoping for some tomatoes and maybe
something flowering in the next few weeks. LOL
04/04/2016 - Lots of work accomplished
here this last weekend. We got all the brick moved and the
North fence pulled back. Next step (next weekend) will be to
remove the lower awning and re-locate the heat pump to its new home
next to the shop.
04/02/2016 - Here are some before
pictures. Putting some structure around the dreams. The red
lines show an approximation of where the new building will be
On the left is a shot between the house and the shop. This
will be our new entrance into the rescue.
We will be installing a handicap accessible walkway and where you
see the fence currently that will be the new room
On the right you are seeing the North run and the lower awning.
Both will be removed for the new room.
04/01/2016 - We came home on March 30th,
2016 with the 10x40 job shack that will become an additional room
for our rescue kids.