My dog was built for water. He’s a swimmer. During a few tentative minutes his first time in the lake where his head spent more time under water than above it, I thought we may have gotten the only Labrador Retriever on the planet who was about to drown. Fortunately, he caught on and has never looked back. He loves living on the lake and swims any chance he gets.
But, what does he do in the winter with the lake frozen over and temps hovering around zero? Fortunately, he’s also built for the cold so the temps don’t bother him but getting exercise in during the more limiting winter months can be more challenging.
These pictures are a throw back to a fun day spent playing in the snow after a heavy winter storm almost ten years ago. We tried throwing tennis balls for him to retrieve but they all quickly disappeared into the drifts of snow and without more balls to throw we improvised and discovered that he liked chasing snowballs even more. He never did retrieve one even though he never stopped trying.
It was fun to dig out these pictures. My pup is still with us but he’s much older and a little slower these days. He occasionally has bursts of energy but not as often or as sustained. He’s more content to snuggle on the couch or lay in front of the fireplace, but on this perfect winter day all he wanted to do was chase snowballs.
Do you have a dog? How do you keep them active during the winter?
I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2018. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Winters in Maine. To read more of my A to Z posts, click HERE.