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On Tuesday morning, I got to experience pure, unadulterated joy, through the eyes of my Labrador, as he experienced real snow for the first time.
(Yes, we had “snow” here in Austin last month, but I use the term “snow” there lightly. Frosting might be more appropriate. Because really, calling what we got in Austin “snow” is like calling those pizza lunchables with the tiny pepperoni and sauce in a packet “pizza.” Quite enjoyable, but really just a pale, cold imitation of the real thing.)
In Jacob Lake, Arizona, there were still snow drifts on the ground. REAL snow. Cold, wet, white snow.
At first, he was a bit apprehensive. He never did like the “snow” in Austin. After all, it was just like rain. Only colder. And for a Texas dog, born and bred, there isn’t much enjoyable about having to pee outside in freezing rain.
Let’s be honest. None of us would find that much enjoyable.
But once he realized that this snow was nothing like the Texas snow, he went to town. And the results? Something like this:
This is one of the reasons I have a dog. There are many, of course. Companionship. Protection. (As long as you aren’t waving a plastic bag in front of him… he’s afraid of plastic bags…) The smell of corn chips emanating from his feet. (I think this is a doggie universal. And something that you only understand if you’re a dog person. Otherwise, the thought of smelling feet that smell like corn chips is a little off-putting.) Something to cuddle at night.
But ranking right up there at the top is seeing the joy in him. For those of us who don’t yet have children, watching dogs play is as close as we get to seeing our offspring light up and basking in that glow.
The look in his eye that says “Come on mama! Play with me! Run with me! Romp with me!”
The happy puppy smile that says “Life is too short to not enjoy as much of it as possible.”
When faced with a dog in the snow, there’s only one thing to do. Throw a few snowballs. And watch the dog eat them. Then take pictures, and laugh.
Snow. It’s good for the soul.
And it also slightly masks the corn chip smell.