Though our Lab Millie spends most of her day at the cabin outside, she loves to warm up at the hearth. In the evenings, we bring her big fluffy bed out from its hiding place under our bed, and put it by the fire.
The hearth is the central feature of a log cabin. In the old days, life would pretty much have revolved around the hearth, and it still does for us in the winter. Even the sound of a crackling fire is somehow comforting.
It is the place where we gather, not only to warm our bodies, but also to warm our hearts.