Another winter storm hit and agility was cancelled again this week! Before agility was cancelled though, something else was cancelled—work! And pretty much everything else in Portland.
Snow days are fairly rare in Portland so time was of the essence. The snow that a storm had dumped on us could be gone within a day so we needed to move fast. It was time to have fun.
First, I strapped on my snowshoes and Rain and I headed over to our local park. We had the whole park to ourselves for much of the 45 minutes we were there, and the ten inch depth slowed Rain down enough that I didn’t worry about her running off. So her off-leash privileges were temporarily restored.
Rain plowed through snow at times, which was tall enough to come up to her chest. She hopped like a bunny at other times. She happily ran around in the cold, feeling frisky. When Obie—the Bernese mountain dog who lives across the street—came over with his owners, Rain was feeling happy enough that she tried to make friends…from afar. Sorta.
(This meant she got close, then when Obie chased her she just barked at him. Eventually she started alternating between circling them and running back to me, barking the whole time. Pfft, herding dogs!)
Once we got inside and our appendages warmed up again, we went in the backyard and built a snow dog.
Put more accurately, I built a snowdog as Rain ran at full speed around the backyard, at times nearly crashing into the tripod-shaped base I was trying to build.
Our kitty friend Roy came inside when the snowstorm began to protect himself from the cold. He sought out the warmest spots in the house for a snooze.
At the end of the day, Rain was sufficiently worn out! Rain, Roy, and I easily fell asleep on my bed—Rain squished up on my right side, Roy squished up on my left. We kept each other warm for the night, because surely the snow would all be melted by tomorrow and the temperature would rise…right?