Mid-December brought a little snow to us and then we ran away to Alabama for a couple weeks and pretended winter didn't exist (I was happier about that arrangement than the dogs were). While we were gone, though, our area got about 30 inches of snow in a two day period, so our yard was an abominable snow dog's paradise when we got home.
The windchills have been around -12 every day since we've been home, so Barley's been opting out of most of the backyard fun, but it's given me plenty of fun moments with Rye in the backyard.
We've played a lot of fetch (and keep away because for some reason when there's snow, Rye forgets how to give the toy back to me), so I considered picking a picture of Rye with her Flip toy and her face covered in snow.
Our yard is also a bit of an obstacle course with all of the plants that are covered and the different deep drifts that have formed throughout the yard, so I loved the picture of Rye jumping over a snow drift at the base of a tree as she had zoomies around the yard.
And I loved the one of her chasing her Flip as it flew through the air.
But my absolute favorite winter photo and my pick for the January Photo Challenge is one we took last month in one of our first snows of the winter.
This photo is everything I love about winter. First are the crazy ears that both girls have from the wind blowing off Lake Erie. It's also one of those moments when we had the entire world to ourselves. You can see the Geneva Lodge in the background--and while we love sharing the trail along the lake with the visitors there (especially Barley who likes to find her way in front of their cameras), we especially love when the world is quiet and we can stop and enjoy all of the little things that catch our attention without worrying about bikes, runners, or other dogs. And I never get tired of the way the lake looks during winter with the different shades of blue in the water and the sky.
I'm looking forward to seeing all of the ways that other pet families are enjoying the winter, too! Thanks to our hosts for putting together a fun way to see lots of great photos and connect with other bloggers!