Sunday, December 26, 2010

Django's First Snow Days

Django playing in the snow
For those of us who are thankfully home and not traveling today, many are excited. As if the anticipation of Christmas morning hasn’t made us old folk feel child-like enough this week, there is nothing like a good old-fashioned snowstorm to bring out the kids in all of us. My kids are giddy, and so is our new puppy Django, who will see her first snowstorm. It hasn’t snowed here since last winter so now’s the time to bring out the snowpants and boots to get those snowmen built and snow angels sketched out.


This storm is going to be a big one. It’s officially projected to be close to two feet and all major airports have canceled flights out of and into the northeast. Tonight, they expect a white-out and the wind is starting to pick up. The blizzard warning stays in effect until 6am on Monday.

Not cold at all!
Already we’ve shoveled four times and as soon as we get to the front curb and turn around, it is covered again. But it’s our backyard that is getting more attention ironically. Since this is Django’s first snow and she has potty trained so well so far, I’m a little concerned that she keep up her good habits in the snow. If we didn’t have Django, we would probably just attend to a small path in the back yard.


She’s a black lab mix and her coat is water resistant and dries off quickly. I expected her to love the snow and she does. She sits in it, jumps in it, and sticks her entire face into a freshly shoveled mound. Then she’ll come in and take a nap. Raising a puppy is very much like raising a child: eat, play, potty break, nap, and then do it all over again many times per day. I don’t mind the extra work it takes to raise this playful pup.

All tired out.....
Django has grown incredibly fast in the month we’ve had her. She’s now 21 lbs, up from 16. She can sit, give paw, and lay down. At just three months, I think that’s a darn good start.

But what Django does best is bring us joy. I received many wonderful gifts yesterday but the best gift I got this year was in November when we brought Django home from North Shore.

For my northeast friends, enjoy the snow, stay warm and be safe!

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