When Rob first built the dog castle it was a tall tower with no roof. On hot days we would put the hose on top and the dogs could run thru and get showered with nice cool water. The Water Dogs loved it.
After a couple years we decided to turn it into a place where they could get out of the hot sun and rest while playing. Rob took it down to a shorter height and added a roof. Tess especially liked it as she likes to get into small places to nap.
Then Sebastian came along and adopted the castle. He made some improvements of his own. He dug an enormous hole inside the castle. It took him months to finish his hole but now he goes in and sleeps on the cool earthen floor of his doghouse/castle and has to be coaxed out. Tess still likes to visit now and then but the others have lost interest.
Sydney and Mackey do use the roof as a lookout. From the roof they can see over the fence and watch the neighbors all the way up the street. They also know that lizards sun themselves on the warm roof.
Sebastian is a sun lover. As soon as he gets outside on sunny days he likes to stretch out on a warm surface and cook himself. When he gets too hot, he retreats to the castle to cool off. Then he repeats the process.
This week Sebastian's contractor, Rob, surprised him with his very own brick patio just behind the castle.
The area where the fish pond was going to be has been filled in and little block steps lead down to it.
Sebastian watched the construction and was very pleased when it was ready.
Now Sebastian can be found either in his castle or lounging on his patio.