Our wonderful little puppy was born on April 1st, 2011. We brought home our little April fool on May 28th, 2011. All of 8 weeks old. We went through a challenging Spring together, and an easier Fall. However, this is everyone's 1st Winter together.
When we used to go for walks in the dead heat of the August sun, Winter was barely on anyone's mind. Our quest to look for sprinklers and water fountains pushed the menace of winter further and further out of our minds. Pup, of course, would have absolutely no idea that this white stuff even existed!! As Summer faded slowly into Fall, and the days got shorter and the wind got brisker, we'd throw on an extra sweater and laugh at how pup would put his nose up in the air to smell the unique aromas that Fall brings.
Then it happened!!! The weather started getting much colder. Now, to be fair, I have to say, it's December 18th and we still haven't had any snow on the ground. But, it has gotten considerably colder. At first, I felt kinda sorry for pup. I went out and bought him boots so his little feet wouldn't be too cold. I put them on him, and the poor thing hated them. He kept walking on his ankles. At one point, he had the strap of his front paw in his mouth. There he was, walking on 3 legs with the other leg at a right angle, foot in mouth!!!! All this before he had reached the end of the driveway!!! Needless to say, I took the boots off him. He seemed much happier, and, get this, the cold didn't seem to bother him at all!!! He loved it!!! It was as though the cold air made him come alive!
My husband has a theory. Although my little Portuguese Water Dog's roots are in southern Europe, this breed was originally bred to carry messages from boat to boat in the rough seas of the Atlantic. That's gotta be some seriously cold water!! So, although they are moderate climate dogs, they love the cold. At first I laughed at this logic, but the more I saw my little pup frolicking on the cold frozen ground, the more I realized that this pup will really give me a run for my money when the snow starts falling. My fantasies about sitting in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine and the dog at my feet are now shattered. I foresee a long cold winter, me dressed in layers upon layers of clothes...nose and eyes watering in the cold...while pup will be running up snow-banks, digging tunnels, getting drenched in the cold, cold snow, and crying when it's time to go inside!!!!
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