Cackalacky Winter

I sure am ready for spring, but Louie really seems to enjoy the snow. We have been safely ensconced in our Shoeful of Drool kennel. We hunkered down at home before the snow started yesterday and we’ve had no problems at all. We got 3-4″ of snow, then it rained last night and this morning, then it snowed again today. It is one huge mess out there!

Action shot of Louie running

Action shot of Louie running

It’s hard to believe yesterday Louie and I took our constitutional about 10:30 a.m. and it was completely dry. Cold as the dickens, but dry. I was bundled up good, so we went for a long walk through the Brittany neighborhood, which Louie had never walked through. I figured (correctly) that we wouldn’t be taking a long walk today, so the extra hills were good for both of us. We came home and it started snowing about 12:30. It was coming down fast and heavy. I took these pictures around 4:00 and we had a good 3″ in this part of the county.

Louie and Fasa at the fence

Louie and Fasa at the fence

Carlin and Mike, my other neighbors (who have the wintry last name of “Slusher”) had gone to Virginia earlier in the week to go  snowboarding. They took Bourbon and Kenzie with them, along with their son Vance. They were coming home yesterday and after six hours in the car, they were still about 40 miles from home and going nowhere fast so they did pull over and check into a motel.  I haven’t heard all the details, but I don’t think anyone got a whole lot of sleep. They got home about 9:30 this morning and I was relieved to see them.

Louie digging the snow!

Louie digging the snow!

The snow yesterday was pretty and we spent about half an hour or so out in it. Louie ventured out on his own after supper last night and ran a couple of laps. Even this morning about 5 a.m. Louie went out after breakfast and putzed around for about ten minutes. The snow had long switched to a drizzly rain by then and I could hear the crunch of the ice layer that had formed on top of the snow when Louie went down the steps.

Stick or warm house? Decisions, decisions!

Stick or warm house? Decisions, decisions!

It started to snow again around lunchtime today, big fat wet snowflakes. I knew Louie wanted his walk, so on with the boots, earmuffs and jacket. We didn’t walk, we marched. The snow falling was pretty, but what was on the ground was a slushy mess that had frozen over. We didn’t walk very far and I was very glad to see Louie do his bidness so we could turn around and head back home. I hope everyone is warm safe and dry. Tomorrow will be about 40 degrees and most of this will melt and by Tuesday it’ll be in the 60s again and 70 by Thursday. Just one of the more positive aspects of a Cackalacky winter.

“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.” –Jeff Valdez


About Shoeful of Drool

I lived with a golden retriever/German shepherd mix named Dudley. Dudley was a rescue from Hurricane Floyd and he lived with me from October 1999 until he passed away in December 2012. In January 2001, Zoe a black & tan hound mix came to live with us until she died in June 2011. I truly believe having dogs has made me a better person. Every single day these dogs still give me something to laugh about and I hope by sharing these stories you can laugh, too.
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4 Responses to Cackalacky Winter

  1. Marcela says:

    You know what? Today more than ever I know that dogs are amazing teachers. Why? I saw Louie’s picture running in the snow and that is nothing but pure joy. I, on the other hand, was shoveling snow off my deck a couple of minutes ago and thinking, “If and when I have enough money to move down south I will do it without a second thought,” instead of doing what Louie did and that is to enjoy the snow. Your furry kids are so cute:-)

  2. When we have winter storms, they only last a few days and then it warms up, so it’s easy for us humans in the south to have more of a festive feeling about it. Dogs are joyous about everything and are constant reminders that life is meant to be enjoyed. Check out Landfill Dogs, they are beautiful

  3. I just love Louie’s snow pictures, but I really, really hope–for your sake–that winter takes off soon and spring rushes in. 🙂

    • I am ready for spring and we’re going to get a taste of it the next several days with some very spring like weather. But we’ve had some pretty bad storms in early March, too, so it might not be over with. I finally came into the office today and was telling someone I really am ready to start complaining about how hot it is outside! I loved your tulle collar for Carnival, it was tres chic!

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