We rolled the barrel up against the north side of the house to sheild it from the sun. 2 lemon trees (one on either side) provide some additional protection from the elements.
The barrel continues to keep her happy and comfortable. The rain is pouring but Maryah doesn't seem to mind. She pulled out some of the extra blankets and I found her curled up and fast asleep.
The barrel turned out to be a great fit in my "trash to treasure" lifestyle. It fills a need, cost nothing, came from trash and if our dog decides it's not for her, I can always revisit the potato pot plan.
Be well and happy Autumn gardening!