House of Ill Repute Becomes a Hospital

Huntsville Hospital is located in downtown Huntsville, Alabama, and it has a very interesting history.

The city started out with a small infirmary, but the building was inadequate.  Huntsville Hospital moved to its current location in 1904.  Mollie Teal donated the building and land to the city.  Prior to the donation, she used the property to run a prostitution business.

From house of ill repute to city hospital, I think that’s an interesting story.

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Living With Five Dogs

We never planed to have five dogs.  However, life throws curve balls sometimes and unexpected things happen.  A few years ago, the three of us lived in three different homes with our dogs.  Today, we are all in the same house and so are all of our dogs.

  • Joey is the oldest of our dogs.  He is a Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix and he is 9 years old.
  • Ben is our biggest dog.  He is a Great Pyrenees and weighs 115 pounds.  He is also our youngest dog.  Ben is two years old.
  • Buddy is a Rottweiler/Beagle mix and he is only two months older than Ben.
  • Norton is the smallest of our dogs.  He is a Yorke mix and weighs only 14 pounds.  Norton is probably around 4 years old.
  • Blue is a 3 year old Australian Cattle Dog.

The dogs have their moments and life is far from perfect.  However, they are well behaved.  We can leave all five dogs in the house alone and trust them to not destroy our stuff.

They also get along well with each other.  They respect the boundaries of their “brothers” and disagreements are quickly resolved.

Our balanced pack of dogs didn’t just happen.  We put a lot of effort into it and continue to do so each day.  There are two essentials that allow us to live peacefully with five dogs.

  • Training – Each dog has been to several training classes and they all know the rules.  Consequences depend on behavior, praise and treats follow good behavior, and correction for bad behavior often consists of a stern “no.”  The dogs want to live in a peaceful house and they want to feel secure in their place.  Knowing they broke a rule and their person is displeased is often enough to correct behavior.  However, getting them to understand the rules takes a lot of work and training.
  • Exercise – We have over an acre of land and much of it is fenced in for the dogs.  The dogs have enough space to run and wrestle with their pack mates.  They also have plenty of toys to chew and destroy.  There are a ton of toys in the house and in the yard.  We constantly bring in new toys to replace the old ones.  I have heard it said, “A tired dog is a good dog.”  Let me tell you, there is a lot of truth in that statement.

Living with multiple dogs isn’t easy.  It requires work on our part, but we love each of the dogs and we enjoy watching them play and interact with each other.  There are five dogs running around our home and they make each day special.

Moving Day is Fast Approaching

We are scheduled to move in just a couple of weeks.  In the mean time, I am busy cleaning and packing our stuff.  I am so excited about the new house and I really believe it will be well suited for me and my family.

I am also excited about the backyard at the new home.  There is over an acre of land and the vast majority of it is already fenced in for the dogs.  We will also have a small bone-shapped wading pool for them.  When they see this yard, I just know they are going to be ecstatic.  The Thaler dogs are about to get their own private dog park.

 

Keeping the Septic Tank

We want to purchase land, so the past few days have been spent driving around looking at whatever is available.  I found an interesting plot of land in Ardmore, Alabama.  It is almost 5 acres and the price is very reasonable.

While we were looking at the land, the owner happened to arrive.  She owns the land and some land adjacent to it that she plans to keep for herself.  She is currently living on the adjacent land.

I didn’t have a problem with that part, but when she said her septic tank is located on the land that is being sold and she wants to retain rights to that tank I was a bit shocked.

I am not sure how you would even put that in a contract.  I started having visions of drama with the neighbor over where everybody’s poop was going to be deposited and decided this was not the land for us.