We’ve been getting more snow during the last 24 hours – and a lot of wind to go with it.
We were on our evening walk a few hours back. We walked along a small road crossing a field. With all the wind and snow, there were big piles of snow at places. We were crossing one such place. Una was taking big leaps to cross the thigh-deep snow. She took one leap a bit to the side and, whoops, disappeared! I quickly peered into the deep, dog-sized hole in the snow (at the edge of a big, dry ditch) and looked into a very snowy, very bewildered doggy face 🙂 I took a firm hold of Una’s harness and pulled her out. I’m glad she doesn’t weigh more than 22 kg…
Una has a very soft coat. It accumulates a lot of snow, as you can see in the picture. Interestingly, it builds up in small balls right next to her skin all along her legs, leaving the long hair free.
The accumulating snow is a problem in her paws. I used wax for our second walk in the snow, and it helped a bit. But she still got these big snowballs between the pads of her paws so that her toes were pushed apart, and one big ball in the middle. I can only imagine how uncomfortable that feels. Una needs to stop frequently to gnaw them out, or get me to help her.
I decided to use her fleece socks after one walk, and it was a lot easier on her. And we only lost one sock during our field adventure… Another came off, but I noticed it. Obviously, I will need to get my fabric, thread and needle out to make replacements. By hand, since my old sewing machine cannot handle the fleece but gets stuck. Phew.
Below, evidence of Una’s excitement. Dear, dear, funny girl 🙂 In the first one, you can see how uncomfortable Una is, walking on the frozen gravel. Her paws are, still, very sensitive.