In the summer, my dog Lilah transforms into a creature of shade and shadows.
Even when she’s been groomed, her coal-black fur absorbs the heat of the sun, making a hot day an uncomfortable experience for a cool dog.
I’m sure that’s one of the reasons Lilah is huge fan of snow. She runs through it. Pounces it. Sticks her snout it in up to her eyeballs, and digs ’til she hits the frozen ground underneath.
Depth doesn’t matter to Lilah; smiling as she tiggers through it, my dog leaves amusing bounce prints in her wake.
We’ve had a few snowstorms this year — most notably the blizzard that dumped two feet on us — but now only a few islands of snow remain in our yard. Every time I take the dogs outside, Lilah visits the snow remnants as they grow smaller with our recent warm weather.
So while I smile as crocuses are pushing out from the softened earth in our yard, I feel a little sad for Lilah, who’s chilled playground is disappearing.
There’s still time, though. Winter is far from over, and it’s not unheard of to have snow into April. Maybe Lilah will receive a gift of another snowfall or two before the real warmth kicks in, and she once again takes cover in the shade.
Do your pets have a favorite season?
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