Monday, July 28, 2008


For the past few days our dad has been involved in dismantling an antique barn. He's been getting up earlier than usual and missing our morning walkies so he can spend a long hard day at Crump's taking down this barn. He doesn't even return home to eat lunch with us! Mom packs his lunch so he can spend the whole day there! We miss our dad!

Yesterday, dad called mom and asked her to run a change of clothes over to him so mom packed what dad had asked for and we jumped in the car and took a ride over to make our delivery and see how the project was coming along!

When we got there, there were barn swallows flying around everywhere! Gosh, no wonder! What happened to the roof??!! Apparently nests got disturbed. Oops!

Dad said that bats got disturbed too - HUNDREDS of them! Mom was so glad she wasn't there to see bats flying around everywhere! YUK!

The rest of the roof will come off and timbers will start to come down! Our friend Captain Bwob (originally from the great state of Massachusetts) send us these photos. You're inside looking up!
Half of the roof rafters are gone in this picture!

Dad says this barn was built in the early 1800's, which is not old to a lot of you living across the pond, but here in the United States, that's old to us! Once all the timbers are down, they'll be washed and repaired! This barn is going to be saved and restored and will go back up in Crump's yard but farther back away from the road from where it now stands.

The barn will get new rafters and new siding! Mom and dad will be involved in this project for probably a whole year. Here's the lastest picture! These boys are movin'!

So until next time.................

Love ya lots,

Maggie and Mitch


  1. Ooooh - what a cool project! Speaking of which - check out the first Project Dogway challenge on our blog!!

  2. Wow... 1800's... that barn is actually as old as Singapore. Singapore was only found in 1819.

    You dad must be really proud to be in such grand project.


  3. That's really interesting Maggie n Mitch, I'm glad they are saving and rebuilding it.But sad for you dad is gone for so long. I like the paint colour - like your doors a sort of shaker red..My house is older than the barn. Eeek! Hope they don't take it down to wash and repair it while I'm in it!!

    Wags, Eric.

  4. I am glad your mummy took you to see your daddy. Atleast now you know he is doing something really important and not just ignoring you for no reason. I cannot believe your mum got into your snackies in the earlier dare she.

  5. Waouw what a great job they are doing. Very interesting. Your Mum is very kind to take you to see your Dad.
    Kisses, Faya

  6. w00f's Maggie and Mitch, is sad ur daddy iz not there, but he's saving an old barn and rebuilding it, how cool iz that...please tell him to make shure he takes breaks, its hot out there...

    b safe,

  7. What a neato project! 1800's is very old indeed! Be sure to tell your dad to be careful around all that! Cant wait to see the finished project :)

    puppy breath,

  8. That looks like hard work but very rewarding in the end... Hope it isn't as hot there as it is here. Dad would be a lobster by now.. It was 107 when mom came home today..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  9. 1800's that is old for out country. Hey wasn't dad born in the 1800's. (That's what my kids ask anyway) I love to see those barns when they are done. I think they are so cool. Where I live in MIchigan they do this. Mom says these barns are really boootiful in the winter with snow on them.
    Don't worry your daddy will be back soon to take you for lots and lots of ice cream soon. Now about those blueberry treats.....

    Nose pokes,

  10. WOW!!! Some of those pictures reminds me of the house that my pawrents are renovating.

  11. Is you Dad a barn puteruperer and and barn pullerdownerer ?


  12. I know you guys miss him but that sure does look like fun work. Your Dad is so cool!

  13. Wow...that sure is a very cool barn! Don't worry, your Mom and Dad will always be back for walkies! I miss my Mom too when she goes to work...but everytime she comes back, she never fails to give me a BIG hug, which I will give to you now! =) *BIG hugs*


  14. Hi, Maggie and Mitch!
    Another pawesome project for you Dad!
    Sure it was nice to ge there and see how he was doing it!
    Kisses and hugs

  15. That is recycling at its best. Good for your dad and all the others who are saving that barn.

  16. Gee Maggie 'n Micth...

    Looks like yer Mom 'n Dad are involved in a great project....Gram read that it's a shame that all the barns in this country are disappearin'...we're glad ya can save this one...'n such an old one too...

    Dewey Dewster here....

  17. Maggie and Mitch
    I know you miss youw Dad..but you must be soo pwoud of the wowk he's doing..that is pawsome!
    smoochie kisses

  18. That's really old! Wonder what age old stories were stored in that barn. Must be interesting to find out, isn't it?

  19. mitch, i gotta say you are very flexible. look at you lying your head on your hind legs comfortably.

    anyway, about the barn... yeah, leave the hard work to the human.

    wet wet licks


  20. That is really cool that your dad is recycling that old barn! Around here, they just let them rot until they fall down, but they won't even let anyone have any of the old lumber. Stupid peeple! I sure hope it isn't as hot there as it is here. Your dad would melt!

    Poppy, Penny & Patches

  21. Cant wait to see the outcome..

    slurpy licks,

  22. You guys are really lucky to get to see your dad at work. It's a really cool project too. I hope he'll get time to take you on your morning walkies again soon though.
    Finni xx

  23. What a wonderful project! It's great that the timers are being saved and the barn will live on in a new location, better than ever to, to go on for another 100 or more years.

  24. Wow that is an amazing project - couldn't it be your new dog house?

  25. Wow that is an amazing project - couldn't it be your new dog house?

  26. Quite the project. Will dad have to work on it even in the winter?

    We have a bat house, but there are only a few bats living in it (just enough to eat our squeetos).

    Glad you at least got to visit him at work.


  27. Good evening m & m.
    Dismantlement and washing the barn are very interesting.
    The place where an old tree can be used is used again.
    To tell the truth, I like to see the house is built as for ume tyan.
    The history from 1800 is restructured. :)

    from loved ume tyan

  28. Your dad is going to be very busy! It's great that the barn will be restored though.

    Cassidy c

  29. Wow, What a cool project..I love that old barn. I know you miss your Dad. Our Dad is gone every week working on the new space shuttle. Mom said she is going to look for those organic bluebery dog treats, MMMMMMMMMM

    Ezzy and Jagger

  30. that's a big project. your dad is an expert. you've shown us pictures of him in action before. it's a good thing that he is helping.


  31. What a cool project. H-Mom loves old barns. They are very interesting. They just moved a house in Fort Lauderdale from its original location to a new lot in a park. It's a historic building - built in 1916 it was one of the first in Fort Lauderdale. This isn't a very old city AT ALL! Check out the story at if you are interested.

  32. Woof Maggie and Mitch

    That's just pawsome, old buildings are so interesting especially the history that can accompany them. Tell your dad to be careful climbing around.

    Woof, woof,
    Desert Pups

  33. Wow, that looks like a really cool project, bats and all!

  34. How cool that your dad is helping to dismantle and then rebuild the barn ~~ but oh! the work involved!

    I'm glad you guys weren't there when all those bats came zooming out.

  35. WOW!~ This is neatest ever Maggie! I wish that your DAD could come home for lunchie though! Mitch and you look so sad in your pics! OMG!

    Love, Putter ...:)

  36. Wow, dismantling the barn carefully so that it can be moved and rebuilt. That takes a lot of savvy and precision!!

    We hope your dad won't have to replace the bats though!!

    Lots of wirey love,

    Jake nd Just Harry

  37. Wow, dismantling the barn carefully so that it can be moved and rebuilt. That takes a lot of savvy and precision!!

    We hope your dad won't have to replace the bats though!!

    Lots of wirey love,

    Jake nd Just Harry

  38. That's a really neat project! I hope you post more pics as it progesses. Love, Martha

  39. Wow, that is so cool! Mom loves taking pictures of old buildings like barns and mining towns. She says that barn looks liek a place she could spend a day having fun with her camera.

  40. Wow, M&M. That is an impressive barn project, especially in the heat of the summer. But make sure to put up a HUGE FUSS so that your pack is all back home and together again!

  41. OMG that barn is ancient to us down under. Your dad is doing a top job helping out with the barn. It's great to see it being restored rather than just knocked over.

    Hugs and tail wags
    Noah xx

  42. You guys look major bummed out cause your dad wasn't at home. I get that way too!

  43. Wow, what a cool project!! Hope your dad can take a good rest after this huge project is over!

    Watermelon sobert sounds GOOOOOOOD!!

    Momo & Pinot

  44. Ooh that looks like a lot of work!! You will feel proud of your dad when the roof is all finished!!

  45. You both look so sad thinking about your dad. I'm glad your mom took you over to visit him so you could see what he is doing. Looks like a big project. Make him feel guilty for leaving you alone - then he will give you lots of extra treats!!

    Your friend,

  46. Wow, that's quite a project. And bats?!! EEEWWWWWW!!! My mommy freaks out at bats. I'm glad you had such a good outing.

    Hugs, Kodak

  47. Cool project! Your mom and dad have the neatest adventures!

  48. I'm so pleased the guys are going to save and restore that barn. Mom LOVES barns, old ones, and sure hates to see them go for someone's home improvement project instead of staying beautiful. Way to go!


  49. What a cool project!!! Did ya read Eric's comment that his house is older than that barn????????? Whoa!!!!!! How cool is that????

    Oh my...wallymelon sherbet??? We're going to go look in our grocer's freezer at the very next opportunity!!! That sounds fab...can you imagine the smoothies I could make with that???

    Oh my....

    Barking at ya...Laciegirl

  50. I think that what your Mom and Dad do is soooo cool! You should be so proud of them. I hope you get to go visit the site again, especially now that the bats and other birdies are gone. He he!!

    Your pal,

  51. Hi, Maggie and Mitch -

    What a huge project your Dad is doing. But it will look totally pawsome when it is done.

    Bats, did you say bats? YIKES! Hundreds of bats flying around sound a lot worse than getting sprayed by a skunk.

    Love -

    Hershey and Kaci

  52. I'm soooo far behind, and now I'll be on the road with no Internet til Monday. Don't forget the whippets, please! They'll be back...
    Be well-
    Patience, the whippets' servant and the whippets who are mad at me

  53. Wow, 1800s.... thats really a long time ago. We cant wait to see the new restored barn but we have to wait a year, right.

    Boy n Baby

  54. hi maggie and mitch..glad you found your dad!!!
    boy....looks like he has fun when he's working though!! i'm glad that the barn is going to be rebuilt!! hope you post pictures of that too!
    theBUSTER, Ms. Persephone, & Ms. Blue too.

  55. Oh, you both look so sad missing your dad! It's super cool that you got to take a drive out to see him.