Must be spring…

It must be spring because the squirrels are out teasing Gypsy every chance they can.  Gypsy will watch from the backdoor, we open the door let her out and after the squirrels she goes.  But they are too fast for her.  Up a tree with her at the bottom looking up at them, then the squirrel jumps from tree to tree with Gypsy following on the ground.  Yesterday a squirrel jumped from one tree in our back woods to another getting closer and closer to the house until it ended up on a maple close to the house, on a lower branch.  A lower branch just out of Gypsy’s reach.  Gypsy circled and circled the tree while (I imagine) the squirrel sat up in the branches laughing to itself.

Due to the deep snow we had this year the neighbor’s chickens haven’t been over in at least 2 months.  Needless to say we are out of practice in performing a “chicken check” prior to letting the dogs out.  We need to get back in to that practice.  When I let Gypsy & Fiona out this morning I thought Gypsy was looking at a squirrel.  Nope, it was the chickens by our woodpile between our house and the neighbor’s.  Off she went and the squawking began, chickens running helter/skelter.  None were injured and Gypsy came back when I called to her.  Curiously enough, yesterday I was thinking about how beneficial it would be to have the chickens over this year to keep the bugs down in the yard.  Guess they want to get an early start.

So for now spring is starting; however, we won’t get too comfortable—still haven’t heard any spring peepers (frogs that come out every spring in the ponds in our area), there is still snow on the ground AND the potential for another snowstorm to come up the coast later this week (track uncertain at this point so no definite prediction about snowfall).  Also after our 60 degree weather yesterday, it’s back down to single digits tonight.

Chickens in our yard last fall

Chickens in our yard last fall

OMG, we finally got hit by snowstorms

After dodging the bullet several times thus far this winter our area of NY was finally hit with snowstorms, one last week and the latest one that turned into a true Nor’Easter.

Needless to say our pooches haven’t had to deal with the depth of snow we are now experiencing.  When the snow first started to fall last week they enjoyed romping in the fresh fallen snow.  As time went on they began to tolerate having snow and even started finding “poopsicles” which further amplified their enjoyment of the snow.

Snowfall 02/05/2014

Snowfall 02/05/2014

But yesterday’s snowstorm (the Nor’Easter) seems to have already dampened their spirits.  First of all, there was no walk yesterday, the snow was too deep so we took them only as far as to the mailbox (we sit 200 ft back from the road).  Then to add insult to injury, there was a 2nd round of snow overnight.

Morning of 02/14/2014

Morning of 02/14/2014

So we have about 20 inches of fresh snow on tap of the 6 inches which remained from last week.  Their “dog-a-trail” (the path we shovel for them in the yard so they can do their business) hasn’t been completed shoveled since the new snowfall and they seem confused as to why they have to squat and have the snow touch their butts.  Since all 3 were desperate they have resorted to “pottying” in the path since there is no other choice.

Fiona on the "dog-a-trail"

Fiona on the “dog-a-trail”

At the end of the "dog-a-trail"

At the end of the “dog-a-trail”

Giving up and squatting cuz there was just no more "holding it"

Giving up and squatting cuz there was just no more “holding it”

There is a light at the end of the tunnel (sort of)…temperatures are supposed to rise over the next week but only after we have another snow event go through tonight.  Who knows, if the temps rise fast and/or we have rain, the dogs may have to learn to swim!