December 20, 2012

WHAT IS A DOG-RUN HOUSE?


by Molly Noble Bull

Last time, I told about Cinderella Texas, my new lighthearted Christian romance e-book set on a ranch in Texas, and the following words are written in the dedication page of all my novels—To God Give the Glory. A Christian message is also found within the pages of Cinderella Texas.
But today, I would like to tell about the cover of Cinderella Texas because the cover came from an old photo of a dog-run house built by one of my ancestors.



And what is a dog-run house?
A dog-run house is one with a breezeway through the middle of it.
Though Cinderella Texas is pure fiction, the house on the cover is real with dog-runs on both the upper and lower floors.
I do not know when the house was actually built. I would guess around 1880, and as I said, it is especially meaningful to me because it came from an actual photo of a house built by one of my ancestors in Del Rio, Texas.
The house is quite unique. 
It was built by constructing two wooden walls about twelve inches apart, and my ancestor filled the spaces between the walls with adobe clay from the Rio Grande River. When the clay dried, the adobe walls turned the house into a sort of fortress.
I visited this house one summer as a small child, and I remember how cool it was inside without air conditioning. Every room opened onto one of the wooden wrap around porches, and I was told that it was always cool in summer and warm in winter. 
As an adult, my husband and I and our sons visited the house, and I discovered that it was still standing. However, the current owner had removed the wrap-around porches. I have not seen it since then, but perhaps the dog-runs will be filled in one day, giving the house two extra rooms.
I am disappointed that the house my ancestor built no longer has the historic western flavor it once had. But I will always remember the way it looked in the picture on the cover of this book. Memories of that summer in Del Rio so long ago will live with me forever.
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I would like to introduce Bedtime Stories for Believers, my newest e-book. It is a collection of eight of my short stories for Christian adults. 



Both Cinderella Texas and Bedtime Stories for Believers will be published in paperback in 2013, and they can be found right now at online bookstores by writing Molly Noble Bull in the search slot. 



   

2 comments:

Sandra Ardoin said...

What an interesting house, Molly. I've seen one-story, more rustic, cabin-type homes, but never a two-story. I've also heard them called dogtrots.

Molly Noble Bull said...

Yes, they were also called dog-trots. I'm glad you liked the house. It's one I will never forget.
Love,
Molly