Saturday, December 08, 2012

Snow surprise

Lovely River from Drifting Through Life runs Sunday Selections. Participants can put up photos they've found from years or minutes ago or ones that run to a theme.  We had snow here in Geneva this week - the first of the winter - and I decided to take my big Canon SLR down to the Dog Forest* to catch Milly's reaction.

To preface it, we had already been for a big walk earlier in the morning. It was -3C and the sky was dark, but there was no sign of snow.  No sooner had we returned to our apartment upstairs than Milly flopped into bed and had a long and contented snooze.  Three hours later it was time to wake up, stretch and indicate to me with a wet-nosed nudge to the knee that a whizzer in the Dog Forest was in order.

The world, as Milly understood it, had strangely disappeared, only to be replaced by fluffy, cold white stuff.



This wasn't here this morning....



.... and the smells have all changed.


Hang on a second.....


SQUIRREL!


Ohmygod Ohmygod Ohmygod it's still ON THE GROUND



















Look behind you! 


Is it there?




Aw poo.  Ran up the tree.















My back is getting a bit cold.




...nothing a good flap of the ears won't remove.

Hey, hey heeeeeeyy..... there's another one!



There! See him - he ran under the hedge!



Come out wherever you are...


Please?

Oh sod this for a lark, I'm cold now...


Alrighty, now that we're inside and it's warm, I'll now sit still and pose for you. Is this close enough?
















* Dog Forest - our term for the side of the garden that Milly is allowed to play and poop in. The fancy manicured side is only for looking at. No-one - human or dog - is permitted to sit on the grass or eat there, let alone contemplate having any fun.

14 comments:

The Elephant's Child said...

Wheeeeeee! What a wonderful post full of Milly exuberance and the snow I envy you. She looked to be having a simply amazing time - despite the changed smells. Thank you.

Andrew said...

The fresh snow looks very pretty.

nuttynoton said...

Great pictures and fun, I believe we may have some here in North Lincolnshire next week,nice when you can enjoy the snow and it does not become an obstacle to day to day life

diane b said...

A fun post experiencing life as Milly for a while. You are lucky to have a "dog forest" close by when living in a city. I don't think I would enjoy walking in -3°C. I didn't mind when I was on holidays there but I wouldn't like it full time.

Alexia said...

Lovely! She is having such fun. I cannot imagine what Manu LeGrand would do on seeing snow.

Fenstar de Luxe said...

Looks cold, but like lots of fun!

River said...

A story in pictures! I love it. Thank you so much for joining in. Love Milly's nose right up close to the camera.

Anji said...

She looks cold towards the end. That's the problem with snow. No sneaking into the forbidden zone now, your foot prints will give you away...

Kath Lockett said...

E-Child, 'exuberance' is the word. I hope one day to capture the excited 'sproings' she does in the air when she's picked up a squirrel's scent.

Andrew, fresh snow is beautiful. Three day old snow, full of mud, yellow dog wee and slush, is rather ugly. And slippery, as I discovered this morning.

Nuttynoton, the Swiss are very efficient (now, that's a surprise) at ploughing not only the roads but also minor side streets, footpaths and parks. Then again, they also seem to employ around a hundred times more council workers than Australia (or the UK).

Dianeb, the 'Dog Forest' is on one side of our rather large apartment complex and even features on googlemaps as a green park. Our concierge has been told (via google translate) how grateful we are that Milly is allowed to play/wee/squirrel hunt in that space.

Alexia - Manu LeGrand - what an impressive name. I need to pop over to visit now....

Fernstar, cold yes but with a good coat (she does have one) it's fine.

River, you're the inspiration for this!

Anji, she did get cold, but has been wearing her coat outside since then and has been warmer and happier for longer.

Red Nomad OZ said...

Hahaha! That's hilarious!! BUT ... what's this new word 'snow'?!?!

Kath Lockett said...

'Snow' means all kinds of things for our Milly, including:

Befuddlement
Strange new smells
Fun
Aching back legs
Wet stomach
Cold tongue
Increased curiosity; and
A dusting of icing sugar on her snout.

ropcorn said...

Aww!! I loved this post! Milly looked a bit suspicious at first, but then quite happy out there in the snow. So great to see her run around and enjoying herself in the "Dog Forest". :p

Thank you for sharing!

Helen Balcony said...

OH SWEET SWEET DOGGIE I LUFF HER xxxxx

Kath Lockett said...

My pleasure, Ropcorn! I think we've got some new snow due soon, so we'll be out then again sniffin' for squirrels....

Me too, Ms Balcony. Me too. :)