Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Small legs, big sticks


Experiencing a walk in the snow differs according to which dog is with me. The whirling, bouncing, leggy labrador would stay outdoors in joyful celebration of sticks in the snow till we both froze. She would freeze but not notice, of course. I come home when I can't feel my feet any more.

For Tosca, with her short legs, it's not so much fun. She does like to go out, and skips along for a while, but.....

Four doors down: can we go and see Auntie Lesley now? No, we're going for a walk.


Five doors down: can we see Auntie Suzy then? No....



Ok. A walk it is. Quite nice, really, this walk. Well-trodden snow.



Round the corner.... and students are throwing snowballs.

Flossie would like to join in. Tosca wouldn't. We cut up the back lane to avoid them, past the dustbins. The snow is deeper here.


The beloved giant stick is getting heavier with snow, but it has to come home with us.


Tosca's tummy doesn't clear the snow here.


Oh, it's our own back lane! Can we go home now? Yes. Off you go.  Run! Hop! Plod!




We reach home, and let Tosca in to thaw out her undercarriage in the warm house. She's had her walk for this afternoon, thank you.

But Flossie and I turn round again, and go out  for a proper walk, one where we can come home frozen, foot-numb, but still bouncing and joyful, still wielding the giant stick.

19 comments:

love those cupcakes said...

Those dogs crack me up. We spotted a Tosca lookalikey in the snow yesterday, walking on his/her front legs. The back ones were caked with lumps of snow and ice.

the veg artist said...

Just adorable!

June said...

Tosca is a very brave little dog.
I wouldn't go for a walk where my stomach dragged through the snow.

liZZie said...

We're just about to set off, but there's no snow here but very cold. It's my cats that suffer the most, especially when I forcefully have to plonk them outside to do their business. Tosca is priceless and amazing for an old 'un. I love her spirit, rather how I think I shall be when her age!

Lynda (Granny K) said...

I can just sense Tosca willing you to pick her up!

flwrjane said...

As much as I like to go for walk in the snow, I might be better with Tosca for the winter.

Want to send her over?

xo jane

Susan said...

oh ... merci !!!
that little video cheered me up
and made my day.

Preseli Mags said...

All that hopping! It must have been exhausting. Nice jacket too. Labradors are impervious aren't they. Snow just adds to the fun. Lovely pictures.

judy in ky said...

I love them both!

BumbleVee said...

awww.... she's so cute. And, still wagging so still having a bit of quiet fun really...

She probably thought it was a good day to stop at the Aunties for a cuppa and a nibble ...oh, and a tummy warm. I'm so happy she has her little coat.... although...hey! .. maybe you should put it on upside down to cover her tummy>?

frayedattheedge said...

At least she only sits on the neighbours' doorsteps .... our little poodle would try to get into other cars in car parks, and would turn round and trot after complete strangers in the street, who were somewhat surprised to find that they had acquired a dog!!

Dan said...

I think Tosca is a 'cup of tea and hot buttered crumpet with the neighbours' kind of dog. And who could pick fault with that philosophy on a day like this!?
Dan
-x-

SusanFrances said...

Oh bless! Dillon and I meet up with a Tosca lookalike on our walks and
he has always been nice with her ( Gemma) and she runs up to us for a stroke and cuddle ......he doesn't like big hairy dogs!
Lovely photos.....glad we are not in the NE..we just had an inch overnight and it has gone now...( Harpenden)

Kate on Clinton said...

Aw, little Tosca is a trooper! I can't believe how much snow clings to that stick.

Veronica said...

That video is so cute!

Sue said...

Dogs are so funny aren't they? Flossie with her big stick and Tosca with her little legs. I had a dog called Flossie a black mongrel of similar size to your Flossie.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

The things she'll do to keep you fit !

"Sunshine" said...

Love your post.
Tosca, so sad for you that auntie Lesly and auntie Suzy were not home, but I see you have a splendid coat to keep you warm.
And Rachel, send some of that white fluffy (sloppy) snow our way, I love snowy days.
Happy days to you all.

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Poor Tosca. She's happy even if her poor tummy is frozen. I bet Flossie would play with her stick in the snow all day long. Cute dogs!

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