We may not spend quite as much time outside this time of year as we usually do, but we’re still outside daily, just for a shorter time and mostly only once per day; whereas in warmer weather we often have two play sessions and/or walks. I like to think we make up for quantity with quality though, and I believe that having snow on the ground really steps up the dogs’ workouts (I know I feel it more when I’m walking around out there in the snow!).
We got that nice snowstorm of 6 inches, but we’re getting colder weather with a lot of wind. I bundle up and Luke gets a sweater or a fleece jacket depending on how cold it is. Even Sheba gets a sweater sometimes since her fur is still growing in on her side since her surgery. My fingers get cold but I’m still managing to spend a few minutes taking photos and we wanted to share some of the better action photos of the fun in the snow with you. I do have a great pair of gloves that I can wear and still use my camera or cell phone, but when it’s extremely cold out they only help for so long.
Luke really likes to get his run on, most days he has to do at least one set of “zoomies” around the yard when we’re out there. Running in the snow has to be the best for him; and he is so much fun to watch.
They also get the added fun of sometimes rooting around in the snow for the lost ball….so the noses get some exercise too! The snow is not that deep yet so we don’t lose it as often as we do with over a foot on the ground.
We’ve noticed Cricket looking just a little chunkier lately, which usually happens in the winter, so we’ve cut back a bit on her food and treats. She still by far gets the most exercise out of all the dogs. Even when she’s standing still, her tail is wagging so hard she’s probably burning calories with that!
It’s not just the running and jumping for the ball either – they really get into the playing as well, and all that contorting around must work whole groups of different muscles!
The girls’ arthritis is always a concern with the extra intensity of playing in the snow. I’m happy to say neither of them has been showing any sign of a limp yet! Luke’s knee has popped out occasionally, but not nearly as much in the snow as it was when it was icy in the yard. It always pops right back in though. We are not limiting his activity, we want him to have all the fun he can, and if that means we have to have the surgery for his luxating patella down the road, then so be it. We want him to enjoy life. Right now we are quite pleased with how they are all doing, and hopefully we get even more snow to step up the workouts even more!
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