I’ve been wanting to get Cricket and Luke out for a walk together for a while now. In the past, we’ve always done solo walks, other than when the Dadz is with us. I had to give up on finding the perfect time, because late winter/early spring in New England makes that virtually impossible.
We’ve been having some trees cut around our yard, opening up a lot of area and some nice clear paths. But the warmer weather we’d had made them into a muddy mess, impossible to walk on. When I heard the weather was going to get colder for a while, I thought that would be great; until I found out colder meant frigid and below zero wind chills. We got out in the yard to play when we could for very short sessions but that was all we managed.
Next up: big snowstorm coming, well over a foot expected, but a little bit of a warm up (“warm” might not be the proper word here, however). I was determined yesterday morning that I would get up early and walk the dogs while the ground was frozen but the snow wasn’t yet deep. I forgot about that darn time change thing so we had to wait for it to get lighter. I hoped for a little warmer, but settled at 18 degrees because the snow had already started and we couldn’t wait any longer.
It might have taken longer for all of us to bundle up than we actually spent walking (which is the one thing I hate most about winter!). I exaggerate a bit, but Luke did manage to chew through his harness while waiting for me! Sigh….now I needed to get another harness out. We used his backpack, and we finally got out there. I used the hands free leash for Cricket and that worked out well. I needed both hands for Luke half the time, who still needs work on his pulling, and gloves can be slippery so I like to use two hands for security.
Taking gloves off for photos and quick training sessions had to be short lived, so we only had a couple shots that came out decent enough to share. Even though Luke was challenging to walk, I’m glad we all got out there and got to see how different our land now looks with many trees gone. This will be the beginning of more trails to walk on as well.
As I wrote this yesterday afternoon, the snow was piling up quickly and blowing around. It looks like the snowshoes will be coming back out again this weekend! Let’s just hope Mother Nature can manage to keep the temperatures turned back up a bit. It’s been feeling more like January than March, which would have been OK except that January felt like April most of the time, so frankly, we’re all just totally confused!