The highlight of my day, and therefore of the year so far, was finding that one of my neighbours had thrown out a lot of flattened boxes. I gleefully pulled them from the bin.

There was a reason for this.

The dog's kennel is made of planks of wood. There are gaps between the planks and sometimes the dogs get their leads caught in those gaps. When that happens I have to crawl into the kennel, with the dogs, and free them up. At six in the morning this is not a fun thing.

So I thought I'd get some cardbord to lay on the floor of the kennel. It would stop the leads getting trapped and also have the added benefit of keeping the kennel warm. A few days ago we traipsed around the local supermarkets looking for boxes I could flatten. We didn't get any until the fourth visit, and then there wasn't much. Cardboard is collected for recyclying and I think it's paid for.

Which explains the joy this morning when I spotted the neighbours discarded boxes. I now have a supply laid in for when the dogs destroy the current floor.

Look, see how impressed they were when I took them on their first walk of 2013.

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