Friday, February 12, 2010

Trudged To Paradise

It's hard to believe our walk this afternoon took an hour, because we really didn't walk all that far. Plodding through the remnants of a blizzard is tough! But, in the end, it was worth it..

I figured the beach would be deserted, and I was right. (Sorry for the cruddy cell phone pics!) Marge, who walked at a snail's pace through the snow, picked up her heels a little once on the beach. She even had a small burst of zoomies. I actually thought she'd be more energetic than she was, but I'm guessing she was already tired after having to walk the whole way there.

It's not really the amount of snow that's the problem - Marge normally likes running through it - it's the fact that it's crusted (iced?) over on the top. So, sometimes it'll hold your weight, and other times, your leg goes crashing through it. The same happens when you're a dog with four legs - so I'd assume it makes it uncomfortable for little doggy paws to walk across it. Our friend KB mentioned snow shoes, but I don't have any.. it seldom snows this much, and there should be enough melting that we can walk along the grassy side of the road with no issue within a couple of days.

This weekend promises to be busy. We're going to practice some Rally and Agility with a friend of ours on Sunday. Then, on Monday, there are Rally run-throughs AND agility class at my club.. we'll see how much we get done, but I'm most excited for class.


Kari in Alaska February 12, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

man that looks beautiful

Kathy Mocharnuk February 12, 2010 at 4:20 PM  

I bet Marge was happy to see that beach where she was able to really run and stretch her legs. Good luck with your practice this weekend, and I can not wait to hear how your class goes-we start our agility class again next week too!

Natasha February 12, 2010 at 4:26 PM  

I love big open deserted areas, perfect for the dogs!! I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but I love Marge's weight and condition. Too many people in agility let their dogs get overweight.

Cyndi and Stumpy February 12, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

A deserted beach is worth all kinds of hardships to get there!

Chris and Ricky February 12, 2010 at 6:05 PM  

How cool to trudge through all that snow and come out on a beach like that!!

Hope you have a great rally and agility weekend! Looking forward to hearing all about it!

Amy / Layla the Malamute February 12, 2010 at 6:15 PM  

Just in case you didn't know, Lynda (the one who teaches where you train) sent out an email about the April 2nd agility trial. She said that the trial secretary is expecting the trial to fill on the first day, being it's the first weekend mixed breeds are allowed. Since Monday is a holiday, the post offices are closed, but UPS is still open on Monday. Lynda is sending a bunch of entries through UPS on Monday so they arrive Tuesday. I'm not sure if you're really definitive of wanting to do that trial, but that might be the way you'd have to enter.

Two French Bulldogs February 12, 2010 at 6:48 PM  

An hour walk to the beach! What could be better. Have fun at your agility
Benny & Lily

houndstooth February 12, 2010 at 7:53 PM  

Those are beautiful pictures!

I'm so done with snow it's not even funny!

Scout and Freyja February 12, 2010 at 9:18 PM  

Each and every time I come here to see what the two of you are up to I end up smiling - that photo of Marge with a frog on her head is just too much!☺☺☺

Muttsandaklutz February 12, 2010 at 9:35 PM  

Ugh, I hear you about the crusted-over snow. So frustrating to walk any distance in.

Seems strange that there's no snow at the beach! You're so lucky to have a beautiful place like that for walking with Marge.

NCmountainwoman February 12, 2010 at 9:50 PM  

Crunching through icy snow does take a lot of energy. Our dogs get tired very quickly and really don't enjoy being in it. Too bad we don't have a beach to go to. Loved the photographs.

D.K. Wall February 12, 2010 at 9:52 PM  

After two weeks of crunchy, icy snow, we finally have some nice fine powder and the dogs love it.

Sara February 13, 2010 at 6:39 AM  

Ah, crunchy snow, you just never know what your next step will bring. LOL. Not nearly as fun as powder.

Have a fun weekend. Looking forward to reading about it :)

KB February 13, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

You're lucky to have the choice of the beach for walking! That's perfect. I agree that the deep snow with a shaky crust is the worst walking snow in the world.

Marge looks happy on the beach! Have a great week of training!

Golden Samantha February 13, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

I think those photos are amazing! A beach and blue skies with a bit o' snow? Perfect! But I do remember trying to walk on crusted snow years ago - painful! Hope you get some melt soon and can't wait for agility pix!
Hugs xo

Gus, Louie and Callie February 13, 2010 at 10:50 AM  

Sure glad you made it to the beach Marge.. It look so pretty there.
Our snow was the heavy wet stuff. A lot of apt. carports collapsed on peoples cars.. It is almost gone now..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Lorenza February 13, 2010 at 12:34 PM  

Walking on icy-snow sure does not sound funny!
Glad you could go to a snowless spot and have some fun!
Kisses and hugs

The Army of Four February 13, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

That crusty-topped snow is even tough for us Sibes!
The sandy beach looks great, though!
Tail wags,

Sierra Rose February 14, 2010 at 12:09 AM  

Hello hello!
Yes, snow booties are pretty good for SNOW!!! However, mine always seem to collect snow in the cuff, I just wear them part time, and snaggle them off midway through my snow time... Good for the crusty stuff!
Looked like a fun time there!!! Woowee.

Happy Valentines Day pal!
Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Gus, Louie and Callie February 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

Happy V-day Marge..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Martha February 14, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

Happy Valentine's Day Marge. Your beach pics always look beautiful to us!
You always look happy to be there even if you did have a long walk to get there.
Hope you get lots of Valentine hugs and kisses.
Martha & Bailey xxxx
ps thank you for your concern for wee Bailey - she is not her usual self at all and clearly remains shocked. We have never had this happen before so it was quite scary.

Marg February 14, 2010 at 2:11 PM  

The beach looks great and no wonder you and Marge trudged through the snow to get there.
Have a great day and good luck with your agiltiy training. Will look forward to hearing more about it.

Johann The Dog February 17, 2010 at 7:08 AM  

Wow, that looks like so much fun! Snow and Beach, couldn't ask for more! We understand about the crust on top of snow, very weird. Thank you for stopping by and correcting me on the date for mixed breeds in agility. We changed the post so folks wouldn't be confused. Appreciate the info!

Woofs, Johann

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