In this case, that means winter and all of our wonderful snow, that the K9 Crew was enjoying up until just recently. Warm temperatures all last week started wearing away all of the snow, and by Saturday we were down to this ice skating rink (well, if only it was smooth and level so I could have really gotten my skates out!).
You might have seen our photo on Instagram or Facebook, where I had to say “no” to the sweet faces that wanted to play ball. We can’t risk an injury on all that ice. I had to wear my YakTrax* (traction cleats) in order to get around the yard cleaning up. On top of everything else, play time had already been slowed down for Luke because he broke a nail last week (which seems to be healing well so far – knock wood).
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On the plus side, we got a lot of rain Saturday night and it did start to clear the yard just a little bit. Sunday morning, the Dadz got out there and tried to break up some of the ice so that hopefully it would melt more quickly.
With temperatures not quite as warm, but still warmer the next few days, we will hopefully at least have a strip of bare ground in that part of the yard where we can toss the ball. Snowshoeing is probably over too, but we need to get out in the woods and see how the conditions are out there once we feel safe letting Luke walk on what might be rough ground. A cold day on Sunday seemed to turn most of the snow that was left into a hard crusty surface, but if it’s warm this week it might get better (or worse, who knows?).
These two manage to entertain themselves some anyway. When all else fails, they can watch traffic go by, and bark at it if appropriate.
There’s still a snow mountain to climb.
Luke took the ball up there to chew on, and Cricket went on squirrel watch.
As we always do, we’ll make the best of the changing seasons. We never know, as crazy as the weather has been this winter, there may be another snowstorm before we’re done with it anyway!