October 12 – Our three headed dog

This time last year we had our own version of Cerberus — one bulldog, one pitbull mix, and a black lab. We lost two of them last fall/winter to illnesses; only the lab remains. Since @mabgraves Drawlloween prompt was Cerberus, I thought it would be fun to draw the three as one animal, since a lot of times that’s what it felt like, but all I did was spend the day looking at photos of the dogs we lost. Tomorrow’s another prompt. A post shared by aaron thomason (@aaron_t) on Oct 12, 2017 at 9:04pm PDT Also on Relatively Average: October 8 – The Fez Industry is a Fickle Business Inktober Begins! And the second part of Inktober, Day...
Building a better dog barricade

Building a better dog barricade

One of the major sources of stress in our house is the fact that we have so many animals, and more specifically, that some of those animals don’t play nice together. Even more specifically, the big bulldog and the cats. Right now, a baby gate in the kitchen portal keeps the dogs in the back of the house so they have access to a door leading to the back yard, and the cats in the front part of the house and the bedrooms. This baby gate was originally a temporary solution, but it’s turned into a long-term solution and has been in place for far too long. It’s begun to show its age: the cheap plastic pieces have begin to break, the handle requires more effort than it should to lock and unlock. I actually bolted the spacer bars that keep it in place right into the wall, just to make sure it can withstand the impact of a running bulldog who doesn’t seem to care that he’s running into a fence. My wife and I decided a nice full-size metal gate would be the way to go…not only would it look nice, but it would be strong enough to withstand the dogs and be tall enough to keep the cats from going over it. After doing some research online, we discovered that the types of gates that we would even consider installing into our kitchen started about $1,200, and that was way outside of what we could spend. That’s why, when the opportunity to take a welding class came along, we thought it would be a good way...