Very nice e. !! Have to laugh about the 'canine insulation'. I used to insist that my big dog join me at night for that very reason, the bedrooms were often 55* or so. [propane heat]
Now that coal is heating the drafty old place, the dogs sleep on the floor, to keep cool!
My place was never sophisticated enough or near a gas supply, so it didn't get the gas-lights. But I did have some low-voltage wire-and-bulb in my place. Several different heating systems, I have found remains of two removed chimneys.
Everything is an afterthought, central heat, indoor plumbing, electricity, etc. It amazes me at times the stories the old place could tell.