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.
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.|
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.
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!