Sunday

Baby, it’s cold outside…

Last year, it was a pretty mild winter here.  It got cold but not enough for the ground to really freeze or to kill the bugs that were hiding in every nook and cranny.  This year is different… We have been in a deep-freeze for nearly two weeks with the temperature staying in the below zero range for at least a week at night, and it looks like we will have a good “bud killing.”  With my tick allergy, I glad because they were everywhere last summer.  The dogs do enjoy the cold weather...






But… what do you do with 9 dogs that are trapped in the house?  I have seen them go to the door and once their nose is outside, they turn around and head back in.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m “ok” with them inside, but I don’t want any accidents, and we are fortunate we don’t.  I don’t know how they hold it, but they do, but we eventually have to go out…

But I want back in...
Some of the dogs actually want to stay out.  Abbie, when she is out, will linger and look at me when I call.  Yesterday, I had to go to town, and I stood at the door and called her, and I thought about leaving her to enjoy the sunshine, but when I looked at the temperature, it was only 1 degree, and I fetched a lead and brought her in.  When she does stay out, I will put a dog bed on the driveway because she will lay on the cold concrete, go figure.


I would much rather have cold weather than wet weather, because of you manage the cold, it’s not as dirty as the cold, but when they get filthy, it’s hard to deal with.  It’s so comical at times when they are scampering through the snow and ice.  They will instinctively take care of themselves bu things they so.  I’ve seen them stand for a few minutes and then when their feet get cold, they will rotate which foot they hold up and go back and forth keeping two of their paws off the ground.


We’ve have dog booties that help at times if they stay on but all in all, they really do well in the cold weather and especially the snow.  In fact, the more snow, the better, they have a ball.  Dutchess has suggested that we get a hot cup of Cocoa when we come in because she says it helps her but I really don’t believe her.