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Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Snow

We are being treated to a potentially large March snow storm. After spring weather softened us up, it suddenly got colder in the mornings a few days ago.

And the clouds started gathering on the Divide, sprinkling a little snow on us each night.

Neither Shyla nor I minded. At this time of year, I like the cold crisp weather and the touch of snow over the kinnickinnik (a.k.a. "bearberry") that covers much of our forest floor.

At the same time, I made a change to Shyla's training, reducing our higher-intensity training that involves lots of tugging and fast recalls to a couple of very short bouts each day. I read from a good source that a trainer's intensity (i.e., my intensity) can scare a sensitive dog.
Shyla has been far more confident for the past two days. I don't know if it's the fact that I've lowered my intensity during training with her or a random event. I hope that time will tell.

Today, Shyla played enthusiastically in the snow storm, while wearing a bandana that was given to Angel K years ago. In case you can't read it, it says "Bark if you're Irish!".
Happy St. Patrick's Day from snowy Colorado!


  1. I'm glad Shyla is feeling a little better! That bandana is gorgeous!

  2. Ciara and Lightning would say to send that snow our way, but after the Springlike weather we have been having, this old lady says keep it right there:)

    Shyla wears Angel K's bandana very nicely.

    Happy St. Paddy's Day!!!

  3. Happy St Patrick's Day KB! We've had to he snow falling lightly all day and I'm hanging out at home. Tomorrow is supposed to be heavier; while I love winter I am ready for spring. Have a warm evening.

  4. Love the green on Shyla!! The weather has been crazy this year!! We might get some snow and I lost my gloves!!

  5. Shyla, you sure look pretty in that wonderful bandana! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  6. Shyla,, your looking mighty happy zooming all over,, and in the snow!!

  7. I'm German, but I'll bark anyway!!


  8. I love the sweater and the intensity in Shyla's eyes. We are getting a foot of snow this weekend. We are less excited than you are

  9. Happy St. Pat's Day to you, too! March is a crazy month!

  10. Happy St Patrick's Day! The weatherpees tell us that a wee bit of snow may be heading our way.

  11. I'll bark with you although I'm a german breed :o) Have a great St. Paddy's Day Shyla!

  12. St Patrick's Day is also Evacuation Day in MA, as you may recall from when you lived in New England. So a double celebration day ;)
    Coincidentally, it is also the day I left CO so many years ago. Bittersweet.

  13. Wonderful that Shyla is feeling more confident and you are so sensitive to her needs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  14. Glad to hear Shyla is doing better!! Sorry to hear about more snow. Gorgeous shots of both :-)

  15. I don't know about intensity, but although the dogs I've sat for seem to adore me I think I sometimes scare them with overly enthusiastic praise and gestures when they do something right. Their people so far tend not to be in the habit of enthusiastic praise so perhaps they aren't necessarily used to it.

    I seem to remember R wearing that bandana and barking - am I right?


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