The last detail Dan the builder had to complete was to pour the front sidewalk. I knew I should have penned the dogs before I left for work the morning the concrete truck arrived. Let me clarify. I knew I should have penned Jake before I left for work. Yes, there are dog paw prints in the new sidewalk but none of them, not even a toenail scratch, belong to the Good Dog Duke. He knew to steer clear of things that do not concern him. Jake the Bad Dog clearly enjoyed several trips across the concrete. The final invoice from Dan contained an official builder apology at the bottom: "Sorry about the dog prints." Of course, the fact that there are permanent dog prints in the sidewalk does not cause a disturbance in The Force, but it is another black mark against the Bad Dog Jake.
The dogs sleep on the front porch of the new house. They will sleep there until cold weather makes them sleep in either the hay bale shelter or the big igloo dog house at night. When it gets really cold this winter, I will let them into the garage at night. Tonight I brought home a brand new sleeping pad big enough for Duke. No amound of coaxing or putting a treat on the far side of the pad convinced Duke that it was his. When I opened the front door to see if it was raining, I discovered enthroned in the center of the cushy new red pad the undeserving Bad Dog Jake. So, I guess I need to get another sleeping pad for the front porch and hope that the Bad Dog Jake does not possess the selfish behavior of a snotty red American Quarter Horse mare I know - the one who insisted on keeping her pasture mate out of both barn stalls, though she herself could only use one.