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Outside my window… It is very sunny, cold.  Bird feeders are empty, need filling.

 

I am thinking.… about a Vet appointment this afternoon for one of our dogs. He is 13 and has lived 13 years longer than anyone ever expected him to, but now he is suffering. If his pain can’t be eased, we will let him go.

I am thankful for… a Vet that understands that we are trying to do what is best for our dog. And for friends that are dog lovers, because only a dog lover understands how hard it is to know when the time is right to let them go.

From the kitchen… Coffee that I shared with a friend who stopped by to sit and spin a while with me.

I am wearing… Corduroy pants and a hand knit wool sweater.

I am creating… Spinning a blend of wool, alpaca and silk that I put together last year. I want to make a sweater with the yarn.

I am going… Vet’s office.

I am reading… Not much book reading going on, I’ve been leafing through magazines, sorting out ones to get rid of or to use for mixed media work. As I go through the magazines I’m reading some of the articles. Many are on gardening and birds and a nice read on a winter day.

I am hoping… That the Vet can help ease Yogi’s pain, one way or another.

I am hearing… Nothing, the house is eerily quiet. .
Around the house… Books, knitting and dogs around me… all good things.

A few plans for the rest of the week… visit a friend who is home from the hospital. Get some studio work done.

A picture thought to share: One of many heart shaped animal tracks found in our yard

 

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What do you do when your dogs measure less than a foot at the shoulders and more than 8 inches of snow has fallen overnight… and it is still falling?. Here we break out the beach towels…

My dogs are Lhasa Apsos, a Tibetan breed. Although they are far from where they originated, they fit the description of ‘snow mountain dog’ very well. While they don’t care for heat and humidty, detest the rain and even worse, puddles, snow on the other hand is a different matter.

As our weather turns colder, they become watchful, looking up and sniffing the air testing for possible snow. If they think it is coming there is a little bounce in their step in anticipation of a little fun. Once it gets here, they revel in it.

Gizzy & Krystal...snow dogs..

Good dog owners that we are, we diligently go out and shovel paths for them and clear a large area in the dog yard for them. And as always, they will run out and ignore the cleared areas, jumping into it, plowing through it, eating it, rolling in it and looking for the highest pile of snow and sometimes engaging in a
doggy version of King Of The Mountain…

Dafni and Karma playing in the snow

Dafni and Karma playing in the snow

While they are out, we keep an eye on them… if they are in full coat or have not had the hair on their paws trimmed short, they can accumulate so much snow on their coat that it acts as great insulation and so mucn on their paw pads to act as snowshoes. But, if it isn’t dry snow which can be shaken off easily, it will all get too heavy and they will sink in the snow and have trouble getting free and just lay there in their insulated coats, paws tucked under till they thaw out.. Meanwhile accumulating even more snow.

How much snow can a 10 – 20 pound Lhasa accumlate? A lot! And it is almost impossible to get it out before bringing them in. They don’t shake it out cause it doesn’t bother them. Our solution is to use beach towels. Our mud room/back hall is right off the deck. Just before the dogs come in, I’ll throw a bunch of beach towels into the dryer to warm them up. Then I try to knock off any snow clumps or icicles from the dogs coats. When they come in, each dog gets a warm towel spread on the floor and as they roll in it, the towel absorbs water… avoiding many puddles all over the floors…

Gizzy rolling in a towel

Gizzy rolling in a towel

The only other solution I’ve found that works well for quick thawing with no puddles is to put a dog into a wire bottomed crate near a source of warm air or use a blow dryer to dry them, neither of which I like to do, particularly with multiple dogs.

Schools are closed, travel adversaries are out… nice day to stay home, enjoy our first heavy snowfall and watch the snow puppies romp in the snow….

Yesterday we woke to find  everything covered in snow making it look like Christmas rather than fall, just days before Thanksgiving.  

As can be seen in some of the photos, many of the trees and shrubs were still covered with leaves.  The very wet and heavy snow on the leaves brought some limbs (not ours) to the breaking point, while the limbs on some trees were bent so low that it seemed you could touch them while walking or driving near them.    I drove through one such street  in the morning and it was a bit scary driving under trees and power limbs so low.   By the time I returned home around noon, most of the snow has fallen from the trees and melting.  It was very pretty while it lasted.

 From my front porch,  I love the contrast of fall colors and the snow.

Close up…  Those are the same shrubs seen in the photo of Krystal as a pup.  They were practically stick when we planted them and they have really gotten quite large over the years, always give us great color in fall.

From the porch looking the other way…  If you look closely you can see the headlights of a car belonging to an emergency crew working on power or cable lines down the street.  As I was taking the photo I could hear cracking and popping, the sound of  tree limbs giving way under the weight of snow.  After I took the photo I noticed that all the trees looked out of proportion, narrow because of the drooping branches..

The  River Birch has dropped most of its leaves, but the pink/grey peeling bark makes it a nice tree for winter interest.  Covered in snow, it blended in with all the other trees. It is amazing to see how far the younger limbs on this tree can bend. 

Today… all the snow is gone and it is rainy…  yuck! 

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