Dogs (of course) and Draughts.
Our cottage was 160 years old and pretty draughty.
It didn’t help that the floors weren’t flat and the door to the front bedroom had to be cut short as it went uphill.
When closed, there was a good one inch gap underneath and there was forever a draught around our feet. I would point out here that the house was originally a school and when converted to a private residence in the 1950s, all bedrooms ended up coming off the lounge.
Our dining room had a similar problem, also being at the front of the house, and the first room you entered when coming into the property. It was a bit of a maze after that with corridors into and out of extensions to the building, steps in silly places and no two doors were the same size (until we replaced them that is).
Having a dog in such a property is a godsend, as they make the prefect draught excluder lying across the doorway.
Novelty dog sausage draft excluders are big business (and without the house training), and looking for images for this post I was surprised at the extent of choice, themes and variants.
However, when your beloved mutt lies in the open doorway, it can become a bit of an obstacle course trying to get by.
Previous dogs I have owned or have been in the family growing up have all been doorway hoggers, and you could guarantee that just at the moment you are stepping carefully over their sleeping form, they move, wake or stand up, and you are lucky not to go flying.
On the boat, our doors fit very nicely thank you, but we still have draughts due to the presence of vents that cannot and must not be blocked.
In the colder months or on windy days, we have a couple of boards we put across the bow door. These were the backs of the picture frames we used on our porthole windows and are ideal because there is a gap at the top for circulation and ventilation.
Maggie isn’t one for sitting in the doorway as such, probably because she doesn’t fit on the steps!