Look at that sweet face! Imagine the deep doggy groan of contentment as Ryder cuddles up to his boy home from college. (And shoving his face -firmly- right up against Spider Bait’s chin. 😀 )
Ryder sleeps like this on a regular basis. HOW is that comfortable?
If I slept like that, I wouldn’t be able to move my head for a month!
It snowed last night. But the worst was yet to come. Today brought a cold, cold wind. With wind chill it was 1 degree Farenheit (-17 celsius) outside. Not my favorite kind of day! I bird watched awhile before having to suck it up and take the energizer bunny (Ryder) out for his daily chase session. Enjoy the pics!
A wee bit of snow.
A poor song sparrow poofed against the cold.
A junco huddled against the wind and waiting out the blowing snow.
A lone cardinal standing watch.
The snow was so heavy it dragged the tree branches down to the ground. Without snow, you can walk under this tree no problem.
After the worst of the windy weather, birds began showing up to eat. While the wind blew away the bulk of the snow at the base of the tree where we have feeders, there was still enough that the birds had to dig for their supper.
And then it was time for me to bundle up, grit my teeth and get out the door.
Despite the frosty temps and being frosty of face and ears with icicles hanging off his chin, Ryder, of course, enjoyed himself thoroughly. Note the snow-covered frisbee between his legs. And though the wind let up a little and the sun peaked out between the clouds, mom FROZE HER BUTT OFF! (Have I mentioned I don’t like the cold?) The things we do for our pets!
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So fall finally gave up her grip and winter has descended. We had our first accumulation and it was a wet sticky snow. So, of course, I had to go out with the camera. My 54 pound energizer bunny demanded to go as well.
Looking down the back of our yard, everything frosted and beautiful.
Standing under one of our old maples looking into the tree line that separates our property from the neighbors. Every little branch holding its bit of snow, whitening the landscape so thoroughly you can’t see our neighbors yard.
And while I was meandering and trying to enjoy the hush that such a snow brings, my four-footed tornado was running, snuffling, and demanding attention.
Running, running, running…
So wet and heavy, the snow was enough to bring boughs down to earth.
And still he ran. (Ryder loves the snow.)
After about 40 minutes of the zoomies, Ryder finally wound down. And I headed to the back of the yard to stand under a large pine tree and listen to the quiet.
The view through the tree branches was spectacular. It was a fine way to end the day.
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Saver has left to live in Texas in order to be closer to her SO. It has been a crazy month. Mom misses her every day. So do all the critters. Rose walks through the house yowling, Espe keeps checking her room and then crawling under my bed. And Ryder keeps going to stand in the doorway of her bedroom looking for her. *sigh*
Here are some last pictures of her with Ryder:
Lounging with the puppy. Yes, that’s her under the dog.
Rawrr, Waawr (Don’t gooo, says Ryder)
We are sad.
Sweet puppy. Ryder enjoying a spot of morning sunshine in peace. But not for long!
Armel showed up and invited him to play.
Ryder obliged with some light play.
Slap fight! Ryder thinks he is part kitty. 😀
But when Ryder decided he’d rather snooze than play, Armel got up close and personal. Poor puppy. So much for a morning snooze in the sun!
Saver of Bugs had this series of pictures on her phone of her cat Armel and my dog Ryder having a little fun together back in September. Not bad for only knowing each other a couple of months at this point. Enjoy! (And the white blur you see in some of the pictures is Ryder’s waving tail!)
Unfortunately for us, we can’t leave Ryder alone outside for more than a few minutes ’cause the little stinker is still eating inappropriate things. *sigh* So, of course, Ryder was enthralled with the first real snow of the year. So much so, that he just kept asking to go out to pee, and then wouldn’t, because he just wanted to rub his face in the snow and hop around like a bunny. Potty trips are NOT play trips. Which meant many fruitless trips outside and it was making us crazy. At one point I loaded a Kong with treats and stuck him in his crate so I wouldn’t strangle his butt.
My daughter and I scrambled to clear up a long block of time for chasing and rambling so we could get him outside before he lost his little mind. Or we lost ours. 😀 Luckily we have a partially wooded lot of an acre and a half to run his little legs off in. So after a trip outside to hide toys in the snow, I opened the door and turned him loose.
Thanks to Saver of Bugs for the handful of pictures she was able to get of a speeding puppazoid in between gusts of snow.
“I’m gonna get you!”
Pounce and dig! (For some reason, Ryder likes to jump on his toys and then dig and kick them out behind him. Which, of course, necessitates more chasing!
“Come back here!”
Running, running, running!
Ryder: “Roooll…roooll…roooll…” Mom: “Yeah, how’s that working for you, Ryder?”
Mom: “Here, let me help. You watching?” Ryder: “Throw it, throw it, throw it…”
“Aaaand, he’s off!”
WOOT! Saver managed to catch a sliding stop with a right hand spin!
I’m just loving this snow!”
An hour later a much more relaxed and happy puppy came back to the house with us. He got to nap and we had to get back to work. Just not fair!
I was so impressed with our critters this year. Three cats and Ryder had their first Christmas tree this year. I expected carnage and mayhem with that many firsties. I have, in the past, found cats staring out at me from high up in the tree and have had ornaments chewed to bits by my canine pals.
But these guys behaved themselves very well. Yes, a bulb or two got slapped off the tree and some branches were nibbled on, but I have no horror stories to tell.
The cats were not overly impressed with the fuss and would only come out if we dangled a string or ribbon for them to chase. Ryder, however, was thrilled with the mounds of paper to shred and destroy. Please forgive the blurriness, he just never quit moving. 😀
Tradition dictates that as wrapping paper comes off the packages it is to be thrown into play for the dog.
I know this comes apart!
Success! In fact, he was so good at pulling bows apart and enjoyed it soooo much, we had to hide the packages of bows that I bought after Christmas. He was stealing them out of the grocery bags and ripping open the bow bags to get at the bows. 😀
I can catch sliders too!
I’m having the best day EVER!
Of course, guess who got to clean up the mess afterwards? It wasn’t the dog!
Hope you all had a warm and wonderful holiday!
“Mom, what is that? It’s loud and jumps all over the place! Will it eat me?”
“What’s that, Ryder? Let’s go look.”
“Yes! Good Boy!”
“Good boy, Ryder!” / “Mom, it’s wet!”
“Are we done, mom?” / “Okay, Ryder, let’s go!”
Ryder and Spider Bait checked out the cave. Ryder goes on alert and shortly after people show up!
The springs, of course!
Ryder checking out the view from the path that led up to where a hotel and spa used to be over 150 years ago. The wall Ryder is standing on is very, very old!
I found this really interesting lichen. It was four inches across!
We spent some time letting Ryder follow his nose on nearby trails. Dogs need to be dogs!
And then Spider Bait and Ryder led the way home!
Of course, this being me and all, it wasn’t quite that simple. 😀 Upon reaching the car we realized we hadn’t brought a towel to dry Ryder off with or a sheet to protect the back seat. *shakes head* So back down to the creek in a rocky spot to bathe the dog and then make sure he stayed out of the mud on the way back to the car. That kept the mess to a minimum. We’ll remember next time!