Water Worries

We are regular readers of the exploits of Wilf the PON discovering France Рand in particular enjoying the exploits as the family works on restoring a large farmhouse in Southwest France.  We enjoy hearing the tales of workers not quite doing what was expected, if they show up at all.  Well, its funny until it is happening to you.

The hu-dad came into the house Thursday evening only to discover something missing Рwater.  Yep, you could turn on any faucet and hear, well, nothing.  We were able to quickly determine that the well and its pump were working fine, so then we started narrowing down the source.  Ultimately, we determined that there was no water pressure in the pipes coming into the house.  The meaning Рsomewhere between the well and the house is a pipe that has become clogged or crushed.  All we have to do is locate it.  Underground.  In a pipe buried under the house, driveway, crossing a road, and through a field.  A pipe about 500 feet (150 m) long.

Excavation equipment was called and we waited on its arrival.  We are still waiting.  Will anyone show up over the weekend or will this drag into next week?  Who knows?  In the meantime, we can get all of the water we need from the well, but we have to carry it (read that description again to see how close to the house it is).

So when the humans are stressed, what can we do to help?  Take them for a walk.  Exercise helps humans relax and, besides, it tires them out.  Remember, a tired human is a good human.

Red Team setting the pace.

Black and White Team

Of course, we expect a big drink of fresh water when we get back to the house.

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Despite the water worries, we can still play one of our favorite Saturday games Рthe Blog Hop.  Enter your own blog and visit others.  A great way to meet other bloggers.


  1. Kari on August 25, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    oh my, I hope you get your water back soon

    Don’t forget, we moved to http://dogisgodinreverse.com

  2. The Luke on August 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    How much water can the humans bring up fron the well at a time??? On a counta I am guessin that is how firsty you will all be when you get back from wearin em down!

    Just sayin.

    wif love from the Luke

  3. Wild Dingo on August 23, 2010 at 1:43 am

    um, helllooooo… you have WORKING dogs. Hook ’em up and make them carry the water to the house on a sled! duh! (oh man, i could just see it now. like the 6 stooges)…

  4. maxx on August 22, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Hope your water problems get solved. It sure sounds like lots of work! Good team work there, getting the hoomans to walk! Happy Sunday!


  5. Ina in Alaska on August 22, 2010 at 12:57 am

    How utterly inconvenient! And what a huge problem. Our condolences!!!

  6. Holly and Khady on August 22, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Oh No!! That totally sucks! Maybe you will have to move in to the Annex and hang out with Ruby and Tartok for a while! Wouldn’t that be fun!!!


  7. norwood on August 22, 2010 at 12:22 am

    I’m pretty good at digging and can get there before the excavating equipment. In the meantime, perhaps hu-dad needs to find a stream and some charcoal.
    Good luck

  8. Huffle Mawson on August 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Oh noes, I hope your water comes back soon!

  9. Sagira on August 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Oh my gosh…no water for the Herd??? EEEK!

  10. Shawnee the Shepherd on August 21, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    You has to look at the brite side – at least you won’t be getting bafs!

  11. Sugar on August 21, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Woof! Woof! Happy BLOG HOP Weekend. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  12. Lorenza on August 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Water problems are not fun!
    But at least you can get it from the well.
    I hope they came to fix it already!
    Happy Saturday!
    Kisses and hugs

  13. Clive on August 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    No fun at all having no water! Hope you get the problem sorted soon!

    We too love reading about Wilf.

    take care
    Clive and Murray

  14. Busy Buttons on August 21, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Don’t walk too far and get super thirsty! It’s too hot and humid for Mom and I to go out for a walk today. We’re staying inside in our air conditioning!

  15. KB on August 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Uh oh. Our well water has been running slower and slower so your predicament hits close to home (better get it checked before the water stops altogether). How about firing up the RV and getting its water tanks filled? Then, park it close to the house and you have an easier source of water than carrying it pail by pail from the well. I bet that you already thought of that…

    I agree that the stories at Wilf the Pon’s blog are hysterical – that is, until I imagine them happening to me!

    I hope that you have plenty of water to drink soon!

  16. Kelly & Crew on August 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Bad news on the water! Hopefully the good news will be that the fix is an easy one?! You’ve got a gorgeous, gorgeous “herd” there! Just beautiful ūüėČ
    God Bless and best wishes for a quick and simple repair~
    Kelly & Crew
    Big Mac, Molly & Moxie

  17. Houndstooth on August 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I can sympathize! I grew up in a farmhouse built in 1914 and the well was waaaaaaaaay down the hill! If the water had gone out, I can well imagine who my dad would have chosen to haul water. I love reading Wilf’s adventures, too! I crack up at that one every morning.

    I hope the excavator arrives soon. And Herd, I’d plan on drinking out of the well if I were you!

  18. Lucille - the great dane from Italy - on August 21, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Hallo you all!
    I will check out your invitation immediately…

    In all honesty you surprised me, since I was also going to invite you to a contest that Murphy invited me in too….

    Have a nice day and… congrats for your walks… my human has issues just with me… let alone with more than one!!!

    Take care

  19. Stella on August 21, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Hey Herd!

    Time to slip into your harnesses and get ready to pull some load!

    I bet if your hu-dad showed you where to dig, you could do a mighty job of it!


  20. The Army of Four on August 21, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Oh, no! I hope you get that fixed soon! Will your hu-dad let you help with the diggety-dig-dig?

  21. huskymom on August 21, 2010 at 10:16 am
    • D.K. Wall on August 21, 2010 at 10:48 am

      Heather – we showed The Herd the picture. They were aghast in horror.

  22. Wimsey on August 21, 2010 at 10:12 am

    NO WATER! Really, that’s awful. We just call the super, who calls the managing agent, who calls the plumber. Hmm, not much better. Good luck, hope it’s fixed soon.


  23. Khyra on August 21, 2010 at 10:08 am

    We’ve got paws khrossed the flow will return soon!

    Khyra and Khousin Merdie

  24. Pamela on August 21, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Ok, you have water that is 500 feet away. You have six strong huskies. Hmmmm, think, think, think! There must be some kind of answer here. Maybe involving pulling something–with water loaded onto it.

    Nope, I just can’t think of it.

    Anyway, hope you get it fixed soon. Glad you have a sense of humor through this ordeal.

    When I’ve been temporarily without water, I always think of the millions of people around the world who have to carry water everyday and feel very grateful for what I have.

  25. The OP Pack on August 21, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Yikes, that is not good. We hope the problem can be found quickly and then repaired without too much expense. In the meantime, the Herd must be put to good use hauling/pulling the water to the house. If you need help, we will all come and join the team.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  26. Farley's Mom on August 21, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I am so sad for you! That sounds extremely challenging and expensive. It is always amazing when things like this happen and help us to appreciate the little luxuries of life like water and electricity. I hope they come to your rescue soon and find the problem on the first attempt.

  27. Sam on August 21, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Sometimes that is all you can do! I grew up in a house with a well, and now all about the joys of discovering you suddenly have no water. Best of luck!


  28. the booker man on August 21, 2010 at 2:43 am

    oh yeah, i love wilf the PON and his hoomans, too! i do not love that your water isn’t working, though. boohoo. i hope those excavator peeps come ASAP so you can find the bad pipe!
    the booker man

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