Saturday Snow

When Sam and I dropped Ducky off at daycare yesterday morning, the Weather Channel had a “Winter Weather Advisory” posted, but also showed only a 30% chance of precipitation.  So, we went out for breakfast and then came home.

I was working on the information to give our accountant so he can prepare our taxes.  I looked out the little window of the front door downstairs, and it was raining but really thick drops.  No, wait!  That’s not rain, it’s hail?!  A loud clap of thunder startled the crap out of me and sent poor Callie into high anxiety.  I opened the door and — OH.MY.GOD!  It’s SNOWING!!  The car was covered in it, and it was coming down, blizzard style.

Not knowing when it might stop, I said to Sam “I better go get Ducky before it gets worse and I can’t get out.”  He offered to go with me, but I said no.  “Stay home with Callie and Shadow so they’re not alone.  I’ll be okay.  I’ll just go really slow.”

Stupid people out there!!  Driving without their lights on.  Driving too fast.  “Geez, people, where did you leave your brains??!?!”  A trip that normally takes me 12 minutes door-to-door took me about 20 minutes.  I couldn’t see out the back window, even with the defroster on.  When I got there, I had to use the scraper to get the snow and ice away from the windshield so the wipers could work right.  Meanwhile, Amanda got Ducky out of the play area for me.  I got Ducky in the car, in her crate (on the back seat), and then got in the front seat and closed the door.

“Now it’s time to go home, Ducky.”  Called Sam to let him know I was getting set to come home and then thanked God for getting me down there safely and asked Him to get Ducky and I home safely.  More idiots without their lights on, going too fast, staying too close to the cars in front of them. GRRRRRRR!  Finally pull into the driveway, honk the horn to let Sam know we’re home, breathe a sigh of relief, and whisper another “thank you” to God.

By the time I got home, the snow had slowed to light flurries but the sky was still dark grey.  I carried Ducky inside, and then went back out to get her kennelcab.  This was the perfect time to get Ducky her first taste of the white stuff.  So, I grabbed my camera and took the dogs out in the back yard….

After walking around in the snow for a while, Ducky was tired. Meanwhile, Callie and Shadow had been chasing the snowballs that my neighbor’s daughters were throwing at the one’s mother (trying to hit her from across two yards meant the snowballs were landing in my yard — the middle one of the three). When I was finally cold enough to come inside, I saw Callie just sitting in the middle of the yard. “Odd”, I thought, but she came right away when I called her and Shadow to come in on the porch. Once I had them all inside and their feet cleaned off, Callie was limping. Don’t know what she did or how she did it, but the poor girl is still limping today. I’ve given her some Tramadol, and she’s been resting most of the day; but it hurts me to see her hurting. Anyway, here are some pix I took once we were all inside and warming up…
And last but certainly not least, Callie…
I'm tired, Mom.


2 thoughts on “Saturday Snow

  1. Jodi says:

    Oh poor Callie, do you think she stepped on some ice or got some ice stuck in her paw?

    Ducky was just adorable in that snow! It didn’t seem like the dogs minded it at all!

  2. Sams Northern Girl says:

    I don’t think so — I checked her pads on all four feet pretty thoroughly. There was a little bit of snow stuck in the hair, so I got that out, but I didn’t see anything else. I would think if it were ice that I missed it would have melted by now. But, here it is two days later and she’s still limping a little bit. I’ve been limiting her activity as much as I can — and she’s not jumping on the bed at night like she normally does — so that whatever she did can heal some. I have a call into the vet, but I don’t think he can tell me any more than I already know without seeing her. Maybe he can make a house call one tomorrow or Wednesday. (I don’t want her having to jump into and out of the car, since she won’t even jump up on the bed.) We’ll see.
    Ducky had a blast, even though I had to keep her on the leash. (Too many places she can squeeze through to get out of the yard or under the utility building. That’s on our “spring yard work” to do list.)

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