We are happy the dogs and I.
Feeling very grateful winter has arrived.
Thank you universe. Thank you.
As I’ve mentioned, it’s really rather brisk out and yet the corgi wants to be out. With me. Playing some game. Because the corgi loves the cold. And winter. And snow. And it’s all so perfectly fantastic!! To be honest, I overall agree with her. Winter is usually my best functioning season. But still today is unusually cold for mid December around here. Usually we get a week of negative temps in January. And we have December to get used to the cold and gear up for the freeze of January and snow storms of February and March. Not this year though.
So for today’s skill a day practice we reviewed our moving downs and drops on recalls. Helps keep us out of games of mindless fetch. Sometimes I’d down her as I called her to me, sometimes as she was returning with her ball, sometimes as she was racing toward her ball, sometimes as she was moving waiting for me to throw her ball. “Lie down” and how fast can the corgi freeze. Maybe someday we’ll play Red Light, Green Light. Oh gosh that would be so fun to teach Zora the rules of and then play with the nieces and nephews. They would all have such a blast. Hmm, will have to think about the mechanics of that. Anyway, back to today. Lots of downs. With the intense little corgi dog.
…the ducks choose to be in their pen over loose in the yard. The ducks who normally throw a fit in any other weather if I suggest they go back in their pen. No! No! Squawk! Squawk! Squawk! We don’t care that it’s raining, snowing, 100′ out we want to be out!!
Today I let them out, in less than 5 minutes they had put themselves back in. Nestled in the straw. Out of the wind.
Apparently 5’F is too cold according to the ducks.
Right about now I’m kind of wishing Zora too agreed…
Yesterday started the polar vortex the weather folks have been going on about. But I have this dog, this corgi dog, who loves beyond belief the cold. The colder the better in her mind. And the colder the better we be outside!
So after a walk in the woods. And some ball play in the back yard. She was still on high amp wanting to work. I tried inside games. But she wanted out!
Therefore like a good well trained dog owner, I bundled myself up in layers and gloves and my Elmer Fudd hat that my hubby gifted with me a couple of years ago which is the best out in the yard in the freezing cold with the dogs hat ever and out we went to train.
Zora was on fire. Seriously this dog loves the cold. Our distance practice was by far the best it’s been since I set up the backyard cones and barrels. I wish I had it on video (alas my camera despises the cold and the battery dies way too quickly). She was having a blast. I was having fun with her excitement and happiness. It was a great few minutes and worth the lack of feeling in my feet, hands and face. Totally worth it.