Winter's Snow Fun!

March 16 /08

OK. I don't want to hear any more grumbling about all the snow we have.

That's all that humies are talking about - that they've had it up to here, or there: way up there, like 400 centimeters high. (That's about 160 inches, or over 13 feet.) That's how much snow has fallen on this city of ours and all its embattled people this winter.

And there's no end in sight. It snowed again last night and Environment Canada's l4-day long-term forecast still has temperatures hovering below freezing most of the time, so this stuff isn't going to melt anytime soon. But hey, we're tough Canadians. We can handle it. Wow, it's going to be fun when it melts ... can Boxers swim?

I figure it's just a matter of perspective: you either see it as a winter wonderland of nice, white, fluffy stuff or hard, cold yukky stuff from Hell that cuts at your face like a knife.

Anyway I like being in the snow. All that slipping and sliding around and chasing snowballs makes me so joyful. And I love bringing home ice chunks, although I can't figure out what happens to them once I get them home. Within seconds, there's just a pool of water where the chunk used to be. They're slippery, sneaky things! And they make my mouth all pink and Mama thinks I look so cute.
Winter's also the time to prune our neighbour's tree. A walk doesn't go by when I don't chew a few yummy branches off my favourite birch and carry them home to munch 'n spit.

Mama makes me chew my branches in the hall because I make such a mess. Hey this one has a funny shape. Do you think Rudolf is missing an antler?

But really, the weather has made all the humies coo-coo. And my friends and I don't appreciate that we sometimes have to walk so quickly when we're outside, like we're in some kind of hurry. In the summer everyone is just walking along, slow and relaxed. We stop and talk and the dogs play. Now it's like, "Hi, how are ya? Bye." What's up with that?

The way I see it, this weather is great for job-creation. Montreal actually has 3,000 people using 2,200 pieces of equipment for snow removal. But there's so much snow we've run out of dumping sites. All over Montreal there are calvacades of snow removal trucks winding through the streets with nowhere to go! Winter's so funny !

A pack of dump trucks, lost and bewildered.

Anyway, this freaky weather has Mama and her friends talking gibberish about wierd things called Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming ... I happen to think that all this snow is nature's way of compensating for the lack of snow we had last winter; that Mama Nature knows what she's doing. So relax, people.

It's true that last year there were still flowers blooming in the garden in November, which is unheardof around here. This year, we're figuring we'll be lucky if the flowers start blooming in June. But we have to let nature take its course.

Anyway, I'm making the best of the winter wierdness. Even though everyone plays Rock/Paper/Scissors about who has to do the late-night walk in the freezing cold, I'm always good to go. I actually even do a little night skiing. The view is amazing from the top of my favourite hill. I sniff the air and check out which doggie friends are also on their hurried night walks. I'm real nosey up there.

Snooping around at the summit of Mount Cheferest. Hey, there's Nakita - she's walking really fast... what y'know - she got a new red collar. ... Notice I'm favouring my back left paw? It was so cold but do I look like I care? Nope.

Anyway, once I'm up there, I stiffen my legs and start sliding down slowly. I pick up speed about half-way down and zoom to a smooth landing at the bottom. All the while, Mama's reeling in the leash like a fishing rod so I don't end up on the road. We've got it down to a science now.

Skiing downhill and coming to a perfect stop.

Winter's kind of pretty if you stop and think about it. It's like being in a snowglobe !
So cool !


Lorenza said...

Hi, Chef!
Nice to meet you and thanks for coming to visit my blog!
Here where I live, we don't get snow. Just once every 24 years and the last time was 12 years ago.
I like your idea to celebrate International Day of the Dog. Maybe we can do something fun!
Kisses and hugs

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Chef,
Looks like you had lots of fun on those snow hills. It's snowing here today, not much though. A lot of our snow is melted now, but still quite a bit around. It also turned really cold again too, bummer. This always happens after the robins migrate back here, which they have. They are all over pecking the ground looking for wormies. Plus the Canadian goosies are migrating back north too, so Spring should be here soon. Our Mama says that Iowa doesn't have global warming, hehehehe. Hope you have a great week.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers
PS got your envelope today, thanks!

Crikit, Sparky & Ginger said...

Oh my golly skiing! waht fun you get to have in the snow. we never have experienced snow only hard ice which is no fun

score: 10

Love Licks Hey Happy St Patties Day we're gonna have some O'Mara Irish Cream with coffee today woohoo come over!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

Chef! Good to meet you! I saw you on Mango's page and thought I would drop by to say that I love Boxers! You guys are so much fun to play with! Do you think you could make a dog angel out of the snow!

Keep warm!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

G Man said...

Chef, awesome snow dude!
It's not even snowing here in Vancouver and my mom is still grumbling about the weather and wishin she was back in California!

Silly mom.....


Mango said...

WOW you are so athletic. I don't much care for the snow and ice because of all the slippin around I do.

Hope you get rid of the snow soon.


Mack said...

All I can say is "BRrrrrrrrr".
I've never seen snow, but boy does it look cold!

Moco said...

You keep practicing and you should be ready for the downhill event in the Olympics. It does look cold up there.

Thor said...

Hi Chef! We don´t get snow here! It sounds like so much fun! I would love to be there with you!