Saturday, November 27, 2010

Our First Winter Hike (And a Bunch of Other Stuff)

Mom's been hogging the computer, working on the annual calendar (I know that sounds kinda redundant, but Mom does this every year so that all of our family members can have pictures of me year-round... I know the bloggie sort of serves that same purpose, but you don't exactly hang the bloggie on the wall, now do you?) and tapping away at stuff that doesn't involve me (Can you believe it? I can't either, actually...). Anyway, since Mom's been a computer hog, I haven't been able to make the rounds for a while - it might take me a bit, but I'll try to catch up with everyone.

At least when Mom hasn't been on the computer, she's been taking us out to play in the snow (and trying to figure out her camera and how to get the best snow patient - she'll figure it out eventually!).

It actually was so cold a couple of days ago (we had a high of 10 degrees - Fahrenheit - which is like -130 Celsius or something like that... ) that I didn't want to go outside in the morning. Which was a bit of a problem, as I had been in all night, and well, you know... I went out (it was still in the negative numbers) and stood around looking pitiful, holding up one foot at a time, hoping I could levitate out of the snow because my feet were SO COLD!!!

Because I rarely pull the 'pathetic card' Mom knew I was pretty miserable. So, she hustled us back inside and broke out the booties. If you recall, we had tried out our booties once before, so Mom got us both in our booties so we could go out... I will admit that I wasn't totally sold on the idea (again).

However, after tossing (and losing) a couple of tennis balls around I was a much happier camper. And once I discovered that with these things on my feet, my feet weren't going to fall off from the cold, I was back to my old self in the snow.


The storm that brought us the super-cold temperatures didn't bring us enough snow, but it made it so that our snow should now stay until spring. Which makes us all happy! (And keeps the dryer busy as Mom keeps drying towels; see, we collect snow in our hair, so we've got giant snowballs on us when we come inside, and when we come inside, we (of course!) want to get up on the bed and say hi to Dad, so Mom puts down towels so that when we melt, we don't soak the bed clothes. It kind of works. Kind of. But it's better than mud, right?)

It has warmed up a wee bit, so we've been able to get in lots of bitey-face time.

And we've been doing lots of snow zoomies...

Somehow, Mom thought that we might want to 'fetch' things in the snow (well, actually, it came about because while I LOVE chasing snowballs, Abby tends to get a little frustrated because she can't 'find' the snowball in all the snow...). As I mentioned with the booties, Mom had tossed some tennis balls around, but they were very quickly buried. Duh. They get covered in snow and look like, well, the rest of the backyard.

So, Mom though we might be interested in Frisbees. We don't like the hard plastic kind, although that may have as much to do with Mom's throwing ability (or lack thereof... note to self: DO NOT EVER enter Mom in a Frisbee golf tournament; she'll never make it past the first flag... eesh...) as anything. However, Mom figured that if we didn't like the soft Frisbees, at least they wouldn't get lost in the snow. Abby could find them easily enough (Mom got two as we, um, sometimes don't like to share so much...)

And they are entertaining...

For the record, the Chuck-it 'buoyant' frisbee is really tough. Actually, the other one is, too. So far...

But I was going to talk about our hike, right? You know how we've been going on hikes all spring/summer/fall, right? Well, today was our first trek on the trail when it was covered in snow. We put on our booties (the original reason for the purchase, BTW), and off we went.

It's a multi-use trail, so there were a bunch of people cross-country skiing (although no one skijoring!) other people walking doggies, and even a crazy guy on a bicycle. Mom and Dad have declared the park (where we stop and chase tennis balls) to be 'done' for the season (something about tennis balls being elusive in the snow...) but the hike was still lots of fun, and I'm getting more used to the booties.

We may not be sled dogs, but we had fun!

And now we get cookies, right, Mom?!?

Happy snow times!!!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus


The Thundering Herd said...

Haven't tried the Pam spray for the snowballs yet?

P.S. - We like your mom's snow pictures,

sagechronicles said...

Fun snow pictures!! You look like you are having sooooo much fun. I can't wait to see what this snow stuff is all about....

Ettel, Charlie Poodle, and Emma Pitty said...

Gosh that's lots of fun snow!

Question, do the snowballs-in-fur hurt you guys? If Charlie doesn't have his boots on they hurt his feet, and even when he does, all his hair gets caught and he cries about. He is a big baby though.

Niamh said...

You are so lucky to have all that snow! Looks like you had a great time even if you got cold.

We's love to meet your relatives. Tell them to visit with us if they go to one of the parades.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Great pikhs!!!

I think woo make furry furry pawesome snowdogs!


BRUTUS said...

You two are regular snow bunnies! Carmen has yet to see her first flakes, wonder what she'll think of it? Last night was the coldest weather we've had yet, a low of 22F. Carmen was shivering pathetically this morning, guess it's time to break out the coats! I'll tell her to write you for pointers (I prefer the warm house, so I'm of little help!)

Brutus the Frenchei

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,
Love y'all's frisbee. I have one like that and my Human throws it so I don't have to jump, but it rolls on its edge. It's one of my favorite toys. 'course we don't have snow like that and when we leave here for the shore, well we had the first snow since 1972 last year. It lasted 'til noon.
Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Dozer and Coop said...

Cool booties! You guys really do "fly" when you play. We're mostly surfing types 'cause we are low slung, you mid-size model dogs.

Stay warm, Love, Dozer and Cooper

bichonpawz said...

You two could seriously win contests with those snow zooming pics!!! Love the one where you two are hugging!!! The frisbee looks so fun!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Maggie and Mitch said...

What great snowy pictures of you girls! You definitely deserve cookies for all of that hard playin'!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello fiona its dennis the vizsla dog hay tucker sez he yoozd to hav booteez wot he wore owt in the snow too!!! persunally i dont beleev he wood ever eeven go owt in the snow he is a hothowse flower yoo no!!! ha ha ok bye

Kari in WeHo said...

You two sure love the cold and snow :)


1000 Goldens said...

That first snow bootie picture is darling :)

Bocci said...

Yikes! It sure looks cold there-but beautiful. and I don't think your Mom has anything to worry about with photography-those pics are superb!

Your buddy,

P.S. We're having toy give-a-ways every Monday for the next several weeks, so stop back-you just might win:-)

Daisy Dog said...

Those snow zoomies look awesome, whish we had some snow for the zoomies! The shoes are perfect! Don't want the tooties cold! brrr

Lorenza said...

A pawesome hike with lots of fun included!
Kisses and hugs

Mango said...

I think those boots are a very good idea. I would hate for your little feet to get frozen. Besides, makes it more comfortable to do super snow bitey face on miss thing.


bbes tribe said...

SNOW!! You really had it. So much fun too. WE thought those snow pics were WonDerFul!!! We had snow BUT it was nothing compared to yours. We may have to see about boots just to help keep our feet warm. I Ernie get big snowballs stuck to my furs. Mom stuck my feet in warm water when I came into the one time when we did have more snow than we just had.

central bark designs said...

LOVE the snow pics! Those booties do look like a good idea. The salt on the city sidewalks is a huge problem here! - Wendy

Clive said...

Brillant snow photos! That is real snow not the sprinkling we got here! We lost lots of tennis balls too though - they really do just disappear in the snow and so quickly!

The snow boots are a great idea.

take care
Clive and Murray

Heather and Pumpkin said...

Wait I'm confused - you actually like snow? Much too cold and wet for little me.