“Don’t you want to play with me?”
This weekend we were graced with the first real snow of the season! And by real snow, I mean over a foot of it. Yea sure we’ve so far had a couple of dustings, even a couple of inches, but this weekend it was real snow. Real, ‘yea it’s coming down hard no one is going anywhere for the next 12+ hours’ snow. Real no one is on the roads but the plows snow. It’s great!
The ducks begrudgingly survived it. They don’t seem to mind the snow itself, but the cold. Yea, they say they can do without the close to or below zero temps thank you very much! They were pleased when I brought them fresh greens and peas this morning and basically scattered it on their heads in the straw. They essentially seem to only move to the front of their pen when they want a drink otherwise they are nestled in the deep straw out of any risk of wind in the back area.
This morning the dogs and I took a walk (ok for the humans more of a trudge) through the snow in the woods with a friend. That was a work out. We were cracking jokes on the ride home, who needs a gym? We just walk our dogs! With every season change our work out changes! I think tomorrow I will be sure to remember my snow shoes.
When the dogs and I woke up again later this afternoon, we went out into the yard to take some silly snow photos. Hope you enjoy!
Does your dog have a favorite outdoor toy?
Zora’s favorite is well, me first and foremost. She finds me a very fun interactive toy. But her Jolly Balls take a close second. She loves them so much she knows each by name.
There is Red Ball, the smaller size red jolly ball with no handle. I believe some dog many years ago relived it of that.
There is Blue Ball, the very large blue one with a half eaten handle.
And this Purple Ball which for the moment is her current favorite. She tends to swap depending on her mood. Sometimes she likes the Purple because it is the easiest for her to pick up. That’s her go to when she wants to play fetch.
Red Ball she likes when she’s in a run around like a nut mood, since while she can pick it up, she prefers to smash it around the yard with her nose, pushing it all over the place.
Blue Ball she likes when she wants a challenge. Since again while she can pick it up, it’s harder. Blue Ball also tends to bounce the best when I kick it, so sometimes she seems to choose it for that.
I’ve tried a couple of the harder plastic balls with her too, but she tells me she doesn’t like them at all unless we are playing the very structured push it game. Even then, she’d rather we play that game with the basketball or the physio ball. For our regular go to yard fun, her top pick is the classic bouncy Jolly Ball. (have to say, those are way easier on my feet to kick too!)
I recently learned that Jolly Ball now makes a soccer ball type toy for dogs. And I splurged and got her one. We are eagerly awaiting it in the mail, and can’t wait to see how Z Z likes it!
Today I decided to add further to the duck’s fun as they once again appeared to be getting bored within the confines of their brooder. (it was a rainy day out so guess who else was a bit bored? Um, yea, there is a distinct correlation between me being stuck inside and perception of the duck’s ‘boredom’ levels. Funny that…) So, a duck treat dispensing toy was made! My dogs love the things (in appropriate dog size of course) for getting their kibble out (and I’m not ashamed to say, yes there are times when “OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS ARE MAKING ME NUTS! Here go bash this toy around the house for an hour to earn your dinner out of it”) and the ducks seemed to enjoy their new toy as well. Peas! Oh my gosh, PEAS!! They said. These critters make me laugh, ALL THE TIME!