Finally, we were able to get the dogs out into the winter woods exploring on snowshoes this weekend! We had blazed trails a couple other times to take them out, and then got rain and ice which ruined them. We’d only been on short walks in the woods up until now. We got a couple snowstorms this last week. None dumped a lot of snow here, but it was finally enough to cover all the ice and make conditions safe for walking. We have to be careful since both Cricket and Luke have issues with their knees.
The Dadz and I got out on Saturday and made the trails, and then on Sunday we headed out with the dogs. As it turned out the snow was soft and conditions good enough that we didn’t have to follow the trails exactly. Luke had no problem off in the deeper snow, and Cricket and I brought up the rear so she could follow in Dadz’ footsteps.
We saw a lot of deer trails out there and Luke had fun sniffing around and sticking his nose into the snow looking for “treats” (we managed to keep him from finding any “snacks” left by the deer). We didn’t want to overdo it with Cricket this first time out, so kept it a bit shorter. She had no trouble keeping up, in fact, she was dragging me down a little hill at one point and I thought she was going to take me down! I had on the hands free leash so I could use a ski pole which helped keep me upright. She did not slow down the whole time out there.
Cricket has seemed no worse for wear since, so we can go a little longer next time. We’ll have to make new trails again though, because right now we’re in the middle of a big storm that it’s said might drop up to over a foot of snow on the ground this time! I’m excited that we’re finally getting some real winter weather and that we’ll hopefully have quite a few weekends left that we can get out and explore our own 17 acres of land.
The rocky ridge in the upper left of the above photo runs along just outside of our property line. It looks like there could be caves up there and I wonder if that might be where our bear visitors live! Do we dare go explore at some point?
This is great exercise for all of us, and out in the fresh air is exactly where we want to be. Cricket didn’t waste any time crashing on the couch not long after we got back, but Luke was completely energized by his time outside and was tearing around the house! Clearly, it’s going to take the longer walks to wear that boy out!
Do you snowshoe or have any other favorite winter activities you enjoy with your dogs?