Tuesday, December 13, 2016

First Snow Fun

If you follow us on Instagram, you know that we had our first snow of season on Thursday. This first snow was extra special, though.

Even though it has snowed since we bought our house, we didn't have a fence until June--so Barley had never been able to play off-leash in the snow, so in a way, this was Barley's first snow.



We didn't have much snow in the morning before work, but it was starting to come down, so Barley and I got to have a lovely snowy walk. Barley loves to catch snowflakes on her nose and there was plenty of opportunity for that.

blissful dog in snow

I had to laugh because the snow was covering her back except for one tiny spot where the tip of her curled tail kept brushing it off.

You can kind of see the edge of her clear spot.

We got to see the lift bridge go up in the snow, which I thought was quite lovely. It's always fun to watch in the summer with a line of boats waiting to go under it, but it seemed extra pretty with the snow coming down.

bascule lift bridge in snow

By the time I got home from work, the backyard was covered in a couple inches of snow, so it was time to play. Of course, Barley got to be the first one to romp.

She had such a blast chasing her toys around and grabbing mouthfuls of snow to toss up in the air.



Once Barley and I went in and I warmed up with some hot chocolate, it was Rye's turn. Rye was born in mid-March, and her tags from her previous life say she's from about 2 hours away, so I don't know if they had snow when she was old enough to go out in it. From her first steps into the snow, I have the feeling she'd never seen the stuff before.

But she quickly embraced it.

puppy in snow

puppy in snow

On her first few outings, she had to play on a long line I looped around a tree because she's tiny and the gaps under the fence might look too appealing to a puppy that hasn't learned much about recall yet. After a while, enough snow piled up that the gaps weren't visible, so I let her play off leash. 




For the first time in the three weeks I've had her, I saw Rye fall asleep. It didn't last long, but it was long enough for me to whip up a batch of peanut butter and banana training treats to get us through a few training sessions.

If you haven't entered our giveaway for a $50 Wag.com gift card yet, be sure to do that before the 19th! The giveaway post is about cat litter, but you can use it on any of the great items Wag.com has--like winter boots or toys for playing in the snow!

11 comments:

  1. Now those are some happy dogs! Isn't having a fenced in yard the best? Once you've had one you never want to give it up, that's for sure.
    Lots of snow play should be sure to tire Rye out, at least a little more! Cricket was completely passed out yesterday afternoon after playing in the snow.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. A fenced yard is the best! (And even better, the dogs next door don't seem to be snow puppies, so we haven't seen them once during our play sessions!)

      Rye seems to have built up an immunity to getting tired from the snow after the first couple outings. Sigh.

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    2. I guess it only works for older dogs. :)

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    3. It worked really well the first day--but after that, she has had more endurance! Some day, she's going to learn to appreciate afternoon naps.

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    4. Luke, at 3 years old, still has his days. Sometimes he's passed out with his sisters, but others he just doesn't want to stop going!

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  2. It looks like they had so much fun! Love the pictures :)

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    1. They did have fun! I'm hoping that the warmer weather at Mom and Dad's for Christmas will wear Rye out more effectively than snow does, though!

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  3. It looks like they had a blast. Barley and Rye remind me of the brown dawgs running around with abandon in the snow.

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    1. They are my little abominable snow pups! Maybe one day they'll be able to running around in the snow together.

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  4. The snow is always so much fun, especially when it is the beginning of the season and is new. You guys had a blast like we did.

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    1. Barley thinks every snow is fun until about March--then I think she's ready to have grass back for a bit (but she doesn't mind if we get a surprise April snow after a few weeks of nicer weather). I'm usually tired of it by the end of January, but maybe now that we have a fence, we'll all enjoy it all winter :)

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