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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Yes, we are lucky...

Like many places in our country, winter has arrived here with a roar. The past week has been cold, snowy, and windy. Both Shyla and I are adapting to the cold. It's always hardest during the first very cold days.
When the air temperature is below zero, we try not to stay still for too long. If we do, my fingers and her paws get cold.
So, we run and pedal, keeping the blood flowing to our extremities.
This is how Shyla tells me that her paws are getting cold. She holds one up off the snowy ground. When she does that, I know that it's time to get moving again.
There is something that I love about the harshness of our mountains in the winter. Although it's a silly thing in the larger scheme of the world, I love the challenge of being out in the elements and thriving. After all, the coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, and even hibernating bears never can escape into heated houses like we can.

Ah, the warmth of a sun puddle after a run in the freezing cold. We know how lucky we are.


  1. I'm a little embarrassed that B needs a jacket in our weather and there Shyla is in the snow with even any booties! She clearly has a better doggie coat than B. B was really built for the desert I guess.


  2. oh, that last photo is calendarly. :) so gorgeous.

  3. I agree with TexWis, that last photo is precious.

  4. Yes it is precious.

    xo Cinnamon

  5. You guys are tough, that's for sure. We made a run for the sun!

  6. Very lucky indeed. I love that last photo.

  7. One paw held for your attention!! and the last photo, a print and frame for sure. Perfect. Greetings to all at your place, Jean.

  8. Sun puddles....bliss.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  9. Nothing like a good sunpuddle!!! I love your pictures.

    Anne and Sasha

  10. Those sun puddles were Twix's favorite place to be. Taffy hasn't learned to appreciate them yet. That picture of your two taking full advantage of one is priceless. I love how you know what Shyla's message to you is.

  11. Oh my goodness that last photo is priceless.

  12. That last pic of the Duo is precious!

  13. Mybe it's the beauty of the mountains that help all of you keep warm, in addition to all that motion!

    Speaking of mountains, I've written one of the feature articles in the January issue of Dog Fancy (on newstands now!). It's about the avalanche rescue dogs of the Sundance Resort. Check it out if you have a chance!

  14. We are lucky to not have such cold temps around here, but we still have plenty of snow to play in. As all the others have said that last picture is precious.


  15. When you share how you feel-
    it allows us to feel.
    Your words open our minds and then this feeling comes gushing in- where we want to feel what you feel.
    We want that same excitement about life that you have,, and so we need to learn to reach for it.
    Beautiful photos,, beautiful!

  16. We're not real weeks about cold weather cuz mom whines about it.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy and Stanley

  17. texWis took the words right out of my fingertips!

  18. Our temperatures aren't quite as cold as yours but they are cold and I'm having a hard time adapting this year. Actually, I'm being a total wimp and I just need to get over it!

    Gorgeous pictures:)

  19. Those first few days are quite a challenge, aren't they?

    The 24 Paws can't stay out of the snow and want me to play all day with them. lol!

    Winter has always been my favorite time of the year. I love the snow and beauty and the freshness. I could walk for hours through it.

  20. We live in Canada. It's cold 8 out of 12 months of the year. Beamer thrives in the winter and can run for much longer.

    Audi does the same thing Shyla does when his paws are too cold :)

    The picture of Shyla and R sleeping together is very sweet.

  21. That last photo is wonderful! I want to lie on the floor and snuggle with them!

  22. It's been unusually cold here but we've had no snow. This week it has warmed up a bit and there is a lot of snow foretasted to fall in the mountains. We vitiated a little town hear us Sunday at it was 10 degrees. Chester and Gretel kept doing the paw-lifting thing. Since they are so small it is hard for them to keep their extremities warm even when they are moving.

  23. Hi KB!
    Love the last Picture.
    Our snow is now gone. Glad for that so we can go out with the dogs , field trial is coming too.
    Tyra is pseudopregnant for the 3rd day now and she howls a lot. She is feeling very sad not to have puppies, but next time we will. I already have 3 booked, 1 male and 2 femal.
    She has very good hunting lines so the puppies are attractive

  24. That last picture is an absolute winner, KB! We just love it ♥
    Angel Maggie always lifted her paws when she had packed snow in them and they hurt and she needed help and I, Mitch, do the same thing. Molly hasn't had this problem yet.

    Love ya lots
    Mitch and Molly

  25. That last photo slays me. Sweet snuggle pups.

  26. Hi Y'all!

    Oh yes the sun puddles do feel so good on cold aching joints!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  27. It's amazing the harsh conditions wild animals can live and survive (usually) in. We sure are lucky to have our cozy homes to return to. That last photo melts my heart.

    Susan and Wrigs


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