The first real snowstorm of the year has hit Maine and we are still digging out. The girls are not impressed even though it warmed up to 18 degrees from the frigid 3 degrees it had been. One of the downsides of having smaller dogs is the fact that they do not appreciate peeing in the snow. Think about it. The snow is 18 inches deep in some places with drifts considerably deeper where the wind has blown. You are only 12 to 18 inches tall yourself. I can only imagine that it would be pretty darn cold on those naked belly areas. Forget about squatting.

Even when the snow is only 6 inches deep, when a small dog squats to go like my girls, they are going to get a cold shock. So that means shoveling paths. Potty paths. Even with those in place once their business is done it is nose up to the gate waiting for me to open it so they can race to the house door and back onto their spots on the warm couch.

Not for my Jack. He is built for it. Tall enough to potty where ever he wants without it being an issue, and furry enough that he is always warm. And boy does he love the snow. At the first sight of the flakes descending his body wiggles in excitement and he runs and dances through it. When it gets deep enough he leaps around a wild man. Every time it arrives he acts like it is the shiney new toy he can't help but play with.

Every time.

To watch him play in the snow is to watch joy unleashed. You can't help but smile and join in. Occasionally his enthusiasm even manages to tease the girls into a short lived chase game. Gone are the thoughts of plowing, shoveling and the white knuckled driving that comes part and parcel. You are a kid again and it's a snow day.


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