Sunday, December 6, 2009

Cold Weather Dog Walking

It was a cold morning in Western North Carolina. Heavy frost, and below freezing. Any water left over from yesterday's rains were frozen. For the first time this year I pulled out a heavy coat to take old Pickles on her morning walk.

You have to understand though - there's cold, then there's North Carolina cold. North Carolina cold is not that bad, especially if the wind isn't blowing. Even though it was cold, I could feel the warmth from the sun, and that held the possibility that the afternoon would be much warmer. Well, clouds appear to be moving in this afternoon and it still feels cold. Whatever. You want cold, head up to North Dakota.

Pickles and I walked up to the cemetery this morning, and I'm pleased to report that valiant Valdese city workers (I assume) have removed a large and very dead possum from our walking route. This poor corpse hung around between the sidewalk and Praley Ave for a couple of weeks. I figured no one would get around to moving it until spring, because it was not on the road, was not directly in front of someone's yard, and no one was going to have to mow that strip of grass for the next few months. Well, I'm happy to report that I was wrong. The last thing I needed was for Pickles to start playing with a dead possum, so I'd take exceptional efforts to avoid it whenever we walked up that way. Dogs seem facinated with dead animals.

I noticed this morning that the mountains to the west of us are blanketed with snow. They are 3,000 to 4,000 feet in elevation. The south mountains - which are just outside our kitchen window, have no snow on them, but they aren't as high. We also don't have any snow, it looks like it didn't quite make it over the mountains.

Pickles liked her walk this morning. No complaints, not even about the cold. I on the other hand, was wishing I had some gloves & something to cover my ears. But it wasn't that bad.


linlah said...

There's nothing like a good roll with a dead possum...for a dog that is.

A Valdese Blogger said...

linlah: Dogs are just plain weird.

Heather said...

I just love how your dog will go for walks. Mine would make it to the mailbox and want to be carried back!

A Valdese Blogger said...

Heather: I think I could walk Pickles 10 miles & it wouldn't phase her. It'd phase me tho.

Patricia Rockwell said...

Pickles is more courageous than my Coquette, who took one dainty step onto the frozen porch, turned around, and walked back inside.

Stephany said...

My dogs roll on dead frogs and birds, they would have been ecstatic over a dead possum.

They really hyped the snow for last weekend, didn't they? We didn't get any in Hickory either but you could see it on the mountains to the north. We'll see if we get sleet this weekend.