In the evening, when the tide ebbs in the gulf, the canal gets low and the water under the house dries up. The dogs and the crabs run around in the mud. The cats eat the crabs.
In the morning, dew gushes down the spout and drips hard on the planks, pooling under the house. The tide comes in and the canal fills up. The wood rots and gets eaten by termites. The owner replaces the wood.