Best. Happy Snow Day Face.  EVER.

So the weather has decided that if it cannot freeze us out, it will snow us in instead.  After several days of temperatures dropping as low as -12C, it has warmed up to a balmy -2C and covered us all in a very thick blanket of snow, which continues to fall at a somewhat alarming rate.  I realize that all you people in like Michigan, or Alaska, or Antarctica scoff at these temperatures, but us Lower Mainlanders are unused to this kind of cold and snow.

And so are our houses.  On Tuesday, my bathtub drain froze solid – not the water pipes, I mean the drain.  I can have a shower, provided I don’t mind standing in a pool of tepid water that won’t go anywhere while I do.  “Well that’s a new one,” mused my landlord when I called him to whine about it.  He came over and wrapped the pipes in heat tape, and put a heater under the crawl space too in an effort to thaw out the drain.

The problem is, with these old farm houses, a lack of suitable plugs for this kind of thawing effort.  I have no working exterior plugs on the house and last week my stepdad had to come over and drill a hole through my living room wall so I could plug in an extension cord for the chickens’ heat lamp, since they were slowly freezing to death.

Mmmm.  Frozen chicken.  Yummmmyyyyy.

So my landlord had to plug the heat tape and the heater into that extension cord, and last night when I tried to plug in my space heater, the circuit overloaded and turned itself off.  Apparently the chickens can have heat, and the pipes can have heat, but I can’t have heat … unless I decide bathing is overrated, or chickens are overrrated.  In the end, I wrapped myself in yet another blanket and opted to let the chickens live.

They won’t even come out of their house into the coop.  They are just huddled around the heat lamp giving me dirty looks.

It’s like they blame ME for the cold weather or something!

But if it’s my fault it’s this cold out, then TWooie is super happy with me.  Coming as he does from Prince George, he says this snow is more like it and he feels right at home.

Thanks, Food Lady!  Can I have a chicken too?

All the dogs love the snow, although the WooTWoo would appreciate it if I would stop making them pose for photos and let them get back to the business of hunting.

Hunting coyotes.  Can you see it?

Piper’s Most Favouritest Game Ever is the Kick Snow At Me game which started when she was a puppy and has been a fixture in our relationship ever since.

She takes this game very seriously.

And what’s most interesting to me is that she remembers it from year to year.  It’s not like it snows a lot here, or often, so a heckuva long time passes between months where we play Kick Snow At Me, but as soon the snow starts to fall, she’s bouncing up and down in front of me begging me to play.  Sometimes, when we have only light dustings of snow, I will actually make snow balls with my hands when she’s not looking, and put them on the ground to kick at her, so she can leap in the air to try and catch them.

And this is why I love you.  Now kick.


As for Dexter, he manages to look stunning in the snow.  It’s like he is the handsomest accessory to any backdrop you place him against!


He just turned 15 months old and he weighs 42 lbs now, still very skinny.  To celebrate the occasion, I bought the dogs a light up, multi-coloured ball so we could play fetch after dark.  The first time I used it, Tweed got it first and all Dexter saw was a disembodied floating blue orb coming at him down the road and he nearly had a coronary, barking and growling and trying to hide behind me.  hahaha.

Are you done telling tales?  Time to play in the snow summore!

Later, skater!

I’m going to try to get down to photograph the puppies again this week, since they are now 6 weeks old and in a few more weeks will be leaving for their new homes.  But I am not convinced I want to try and drive in this snow yet today.  It’s supposed to get warmer and start raining later today, so maybe I’ll attempt it then!

First I plan to go curl up on a dog bed in front of the heater for a while and try and warm up.  Brrrr!!!

And hey, if you are looking for high energy, very trainable, eager as anything Chocolate Lab puppy, we’ve got one at the shelter.  This is Jasper:

He’s just 7 months old and he would REALLY like a home of his own for Christmas.  He’s a super busy guy, very athletic, respectful of other dogs and could really use another like-minded young buddy dog to play with.  I tried to get Dexter to play with him, but Dexter just gave him Mad Teeth™ as he’s too bouncy for a border collie.  But he’s a really nice dog who just needs something to do, and unfortunately there isn’t much for him to do at the shelter as we have no other playful young dogs for him to pal around with.  So if you’re into Labs, come by the District of North Vancouver Animal Welfare Center to meet Jasper!

Also, send hot chocolate!  Brrrrr.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving!! and sorry it’s so cold up there!

  2. That’s a lot of snow you have – we haven’t got any yet!

    I hope Jasper finds a new home for Christmas. He looks like a sweet boy.

  3. Snowed for Thanksgiving Day for us here as well. A nice thick blanket of snow, very pretty.

    As ever, Piper is gorgeous and playful and can I take her home with me puhlease?

  4. Oh my God. Jasper looks JUST like my Enzo. I don’t suppose there is anyway to arrange a transport down to Georgia is there?

  5. Great pics, given your snowy weather. Particularly love the “Projectile Piper” shots. It’s threatening to snow in our part of Scotland and I know another collie dog who will want to play the “Kick Snow At Me” game. (Makes mental note….. look out gloves).

    Hope your weather improves though….. did I hear you mention puppy photographs?!

  6. I love the group shot and the two of Dexter in the snow – they make me think of Christmas cards for doggy-luvin’ peoples.
    Good luck with keeping the old farmhouse warm – how well I remember that challenge. I did find the plastic stuff you can stick on the windows with a blow dryer made a HUGE difference, though certain canine and feline family members sometimes slashed it with their paws. Blankets hung over the windows help too. A heat lamp in the crawl space definitely helps deter frozen pipes and drains. Hopefully you are on municipal water and not on a shallow well.

  7. What a great photo of my Tweed-man. He obviously was in on the planning of this cold spell. Can you say coat?

    I lurv Jasper. He looks quite, um, alert.

  8. clairesmum says:

    Great pics of dogs in snow – perhaps one might make it to the calendar for 2012. We play dumb ball in the snow, which is usually fun – tho some frustration when the ball can’t be found – because claire accepts NO substitutes if THE BALL SHE CHOSE cannot be found! (My husband gets peeved when I am shoveling out a snow drift in the yard to find THE BALL when I need to be helping shovel the driveway.)
    FL – I do worry about the fire risk of old buildings, extension cords, heat lamps, etc. Not to nag – but hope you have a couple of working smoke detectors in your house, just so you won’t ever need them.

  9. My gosh but Tweed is a handsome handsome boy!

  10. Loving the stories and all the shots! It’s boo-ti-ful at your side of the woods. Everybody just look so pretty!

  11. Envious of your snow but to be honest what I really want is to drive to snow so the dogs can play and then to drive away and leave it behind. Hee hee.

    Sorry about the cold in the chicken coop and in your house. Put those dogs to use! Get them all to snuggle with you and bury yourself in the middle of them. You might want to let them dry off and warm up first. :-)

    Loved the snow pictures and looking forward to puppy pictures. You said they are going to homes – have they all been adopted? Whoo hoo!

  12. That one picture of all of them is actually quite good seeing as they all seem to like trying to look away or wandering off!

    You’re actually kind of making me miss the snow, not to mention my dog – both back in the north east, not here with me in southern California. xD

    And I remembered I actually had a nightmare last night concerning Dexter…he was with a bunch of other dogs in this indoor swimming pool type thing, and somehow he collapsed and sort of passed out in the water, and no one could get to him in time to help him. The rest of the dream was basically everyone being incredibly upset…
    I don’t know what it means when people start /dreaming/ of your dogs, but at least you know we all care a heck of a lot about them, eh? xD

  13. Could the chickens be moved under the house with the pipe warming stuff, so perhaps the heat lamp for chickens could do dual duty and then you could have some heat? Beats moving in with the chickens :-)

  14. The “YAY” and “Seriously” photos are stunning!

  15. My gosh but Tweed is a handsome handsome boy!

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