Dec 11, 2010

Dogs Round a Fireplace

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We added a gas fireplace to our home last year, and the occupants of the house who are most enthusiastic about the acquisition are the canines. When we fire up the gas jets the dogs almost immediately gravitate to positions near the warm hearth.

There are occasionally turf battles over the best spots, but the 35,000 BTU fireplace kicks off enough heat that even the most determined pooches can only sit in front of it for 20-30 minutes before they start to pant and move away. Interestingly, our furnace rarely kicks on when we have the fireplace going, and our gas usage actually dropped last year, since we can set the thermostat low and only heat the rooms where we are most active.

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