The adventuresome life of a Great Pyrenees/Newfoundland dog in Northwestern Ontario

Playing Hookey!

Well, I was going to do a Tail Thumper today…

Elizabeth isn’t going into work today. The long and hilly little gravel path that the growly beast always takes to the big gravel path is so slippery that we can’t even walk on it without falling! Yesterday the temperature rose to 6C, and it didn’t freeze overnight. Elizabeth is grumpy, not because she must close the bookshop for a couple of days – all the snow (what little we have) is melting and she wanted MORE so she could go out and use her webbed paw-extenders!

The growly beast is just above the two posts on the right. Elizabeth says the Ice Road is almost highway-sized!

The growly beast is just above the two posts on the right. Elizabeth says the Ice Road is almost highway-sized!

The MORE part is coming. A great big storm is coming today and tomorrow, and overnight tonight we are supposed to get 15 cm of snow. Tomorrow the temperature is going to drop to the -20C range, which is only just a little colder than what it’s supposed to be.

The Ice Road really stands out now because the thaw has made the surface slushy.

The Ice Road really stands out now because the thaw has made the surface slushy.

The snow is really squishy now. Elizabeth thought this would be a good time to go out and take a photo of the Ice Road, a big path two-leggers make over the river so they can take their growly beasts out fishing or to their cottages. You see, many cottages around here have no gravel paths going into them – two-leggers go over the water in their noisy tin cans to get to them in the summertime.

There's the Sneaky Deer! It's a long ways away from us, so I didn't need to chase it away.

There’s the Sneaky Deer! She’s a long ways away from us, so I didn’t need to worry about her this time.

We saw an SUV-type growly beast go over the Ice Road, and Elizabeth snapped a quick shot from where we were so you could get an idea of the size of the path. Then we went to a better place to take a good scenic shot.

While we were there, a Sneaky Deer came down off Siggy’s Island to cross the river to the mainland. She came all the way to the Ice Road, sniffed at it and decided it wasn’t safe (its all slushy on top from the thaw). She went back halfway to Siggy’s Island, then tried to cross again. But she couldn’t bring herself to risk crossing the Ice Road. She repeated this several times over about twenty minutes, then decided to stay on Siggy’s Island. Probably after the storm, when the Ice Road is covered in snow again, she won’t be afraid to cross it.

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Comments on: "Playing Hookey!" (4)

  1. You are lucky to have snow to play with. I have never seen snow, but other briards love it. Enjoy your day off!
    xoxo
    Chou Chou

  2. I’m always amazed when I see pictures of cars driving on ice! It must be very thick to be strong enough.

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