This is the kind of snow I like! Sure it’s cold and stuff, but it snowed one big-enough dump to make the world fluffy and pretty, but the roads remain clear and driveable. My landlord plowed my driveway so I can get up and down it, and the dogs have fun in it*, but it has not trapped me on my property. All good things!
(*Addy doesn’t have quite as much fun in it. Yesterday I took everyone out and she complained mightily that despite a sweater AND a winter coat, it was intolerably cold and she was miserable. So I put her back in the house with a chewy which made her happy for a while, but then she decided that everyone was having fun without her and she was intolerably lonely, so she yapped and howled her little head off until I went inside, redressed her and brought her back outside. Lather, rinse and repeat. I love my little fair-weather diva, even if she does turn her nose up at warm clothing, and then turns into a ridgeback when she goes without it. I have no idea how she manages this with no hair!)
I bought her an adorable little turtleneck sweater at the feed store, because it was only $10 and because it was long enough to cover her bum and the neck flips up to cover her throat. I thought she would appreciate the warmth. Instead I just walked past the bedroom and found her naked under my covers (heated blanket is still on!) and her turtleneck in a tiny heap on the floor. I don’t know why she is so allergic to clothes.
But she is not allergic to COOKIES, which is convenient for me, because I did a fun little session with my doggies where I put one in a sit stay and then threw a cookie at them so I could capture the moment before and during the leap for the cookie.
There were a lot of photobombs until everyone figured out they’d each get a turn. But some of them turned out awesome!
I like this one of Wootie; I even caught his curly orange locks in motion just as he was preparing to “leap.” His actual leap was more of a faceplant, but the pre-leap was pretty adorable!
I didn’t get any of his brother, because he would sit and watch the cookie land, then haul his fat arse out of the snow and saunter over to consume it as his leisure. TWooie does not believe in wasting perfectly good energy.
Winter was adorably frantic. The one uppy ear is his anxiety tell. WHATIFTHECOOKIEDISAPPEARSOHMYGODOHMYGODWHEREDIDITGO?WHYWOULDYOUTHROWACOOKIEAWAY???
And then the mad scramble to get the cookie before the snowmonsters gobbled it up.
Springaling looks like a fox pouncing on a hare in a nature documentary.
(Yes her nails are recently trimmed. No, after all these years, I can’t get them any shorter than this! She has the world’s longest quicks)
Fae won the whole day though. As if her obsessive tracking of the cookie’s arc through the air wasn’t adorable enough …
… the “Meercat” pose that preceded it was KILLER cute!
She may be a rotten, spoiled, hateful little beast, but man is she ever cute. I went to my parents’ for Christmas dinner and when I came back home, Fae practically turned herself inside out with glee. She kept trying to scale my body to get at my face so she could lick it, but when I picked her up she was so excited she would thrash around and hurl herself to the floor. I was afraid we were going to end up in the Animal ER if she kept that up, so I eventually just sat on the floor so she could reach my face. Unfortunately, I sat in Piper pee, because old dogs and continence aren’t always super good pals. Merry Christmas to me!
Speaking of cute … a friend of mine is fostering 7 border collie X whippet puppies and asked if I could get some photos of them. So brought the entire pile of the little suckers over on the weekend and I got to indulge in some serious puppy lovin’s!
Look at these impish little faces! Also, look how lovely my landlord’s chicken barn door is for photos!
Also, look how they mob poor Addypants!
Addy’s not stupid though … she indulged in her favourite activity for a while (puppy humping – she channels Puppy Uncle Tweed sometimes) and then her second favourite activity, which is running away from puppies who cannot catch her speedy little self, and then she’d had enough of being mauled by puppies and she led them straight into a pack of Terrifying Turkeys which stopped them in their tracks so she could make her escape.
Our goal was to get individual shots of them and composite them altogether for a group photo. I wish I had photographed them inside, because it was a bright sunny late afternoon and the sun and shadows change so quickly while wrangling recalcitrant 8 week old puppies that it didn’t turn out awesome, technically. There is just no consistent shade on the property for this kind of shot at that time of day. Not my best work, but still really flippin’ cute.
ALSO super cute … Mini Momz! Why on earth has she not been adopted yet? She is such a wonderful little dog. When I woke up this morning she was spooning me, with her head sharing my pillow and her body under the covers with me. She is SO MUCH LOVEBUG. She can also convince ANYONE to play – even TWooie! Even FAE, who has finally caved to her charms and has a good wrassle with her every afternoon. I just don’t understand how everybody could not want her. If I could, I would just keep her all for myself.
This guy is pretty cute too, although I am a little tired of virtually every photo I take of him being this Crazy Face. He used to be such a charming poser when he was a pup … now in his middle age he is like that crazy uncle that makes rabbit ears with his fingers in every family photo.
Although he mostly behaved himself for our group Christmas photo.
And here’s Peetie. I still have nothing good to say about Peetie. The passing months don’t make her any less annoying, and there were no Christmas miracles that turned her into a pleasant-to-live-with dog. At least she is consistent.
Now Christmas is over. Living alone sometimes sucks because I didn’t get anything for Christmas as my dogs are lazy freeloaders without any spending money. Got a little tired of seeing all the fabulous cameras and lenses and gear that people in my photo groups got from their families for Christmas, so now I’m staying away from facebook for a bit until I get over my snit about it. Because inside me there is a 9 year old girl who really, really likes unwrapping presents. What did you all get for Christmas this year? I hope it was awesome!
Terrence got another pardon, so he thinks Christmas is fabulous :)