Here is the progression from the last month:
Bianca told me that the straw is the cellulose of the hay product and that straw is used for gardens and beds for horses, and that the hay is what horses eat (she is an equestrian and wardrobe consultant--pretty cool huh?).
The beagles LOVE the straw. Ralph has made a few different nests in there already.
Once the rain stopped, I bought some garden beds that were pre-cut and had pre-drilled holes!