Sunday, February 20, 2011

The dark side of snow

This winter has brought some news worthy weather our way. Well, just about everybody's way, really.  Last month it was said that 49 states had snow on the ground. And the holdout wasn't Hawaii, like I thought. There was snow on some mountain there, they say. Turns out, it was Florida that was free of the snowflake.

Here in southwestern Ohio, we had snow. And we had a spectacular ice storm that glazed the landscape. Pretty stuff, but what a nightmare to get around in. When the dogs had to go out to do their business, it was Godspeed to y'all.  Try not to get hurt out there, now.

But now, mid-February, the snow is gone. It's been traded in for mud. Lots and lots of mud. Shoe sucking stuff and a squishy lawn that pools around your feet as you walk. This is crappy enough, but add two dogs to the equation and things get serious.

Ok, so Jager is a Felix Unger reincarnate. He is absolutely the cleanest dog, just will not get dirty. Ever. I don't even bathe him; he doesn't need it. Weird.

But Micron is a Lab/Golden cross - a water dog. One that apparently feels deprived of his web-footed heritage. An otherwise quick play session in the backyard brought me this little surprise.

Can you tell what the goober head is doing?  Not sure? How about now?

Oh, that's not just a mud puddle. It's run-off from a nearby creek that fills that area of the yard. After this shot, he laid back down in it playing yellow submarine. Then he started rolling. And for a finale, starting a vigorous bout of digging.

He couldn't have been a happier dog.


I hope he was able to hang onto that happy thought during the obligatory hose down. What I don't get was all the complaining about the cold hose water. Was it really colder than that mud puddle, Micron? Really?

And look at that face. I believe that to be a look of defiance.

 That's right, Food Lady. And I'd do it again, too.


ADDENDUM FEB 21 2011:

A reminder to never underestimate the power of a new puppy in the house. Not to be topped by Micron's mud adventure, Jager found something very dead in the backyard. And rolled in it. He has never done anything like this before.  And so, Jager got a bath.

Not sure who is going to win the "I got the food lady's attention and you don't" contest, but it sure ain't gonna be me.

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