Monthly Archives: February 2014

Snow Zoomies

This winter has just  taken over the record of 3rd snowiest winter in the Chicagoland area and there are two black Labradors in my house who are giving this achievement of mother nature a total of eight paws up. As I write this they are milling around me making little whining noises and staring a hole in my back because they know that it is almost time for their morning snow zoomie session.

What is a snow zoomie session? Quite simply: zoomies run in the snow. Zoomies are play sessions in which active dogs run around like maniacs at top speed. In normal weather we just call this part of the day zoomies. Sometimes they run indoor zoomies. Snow zoomies are paws-down the best fun they have all year.

Tinkerbell is experiencing her first winter. At almost ten months old she has been given a great gift from mother nature in the form of so much snow. Jackson’s first two winters were very sparse in terms of snow, so this is his first big winter of snowy fun. I am the only neighbor who is outside literally running around like a little kid with my dogs, making ice balls for them to chase, snapping photos as they race through the yard. We have a blast together and I have a lot of fun watching them frolic in their joyful and innocent way. Our neighbors’ yards sit untouched with covers of beautiful smooth snow. Our snow does not have a single section that is not tramped and tossed around by Labrador paws; it looks as though 100 Labradors have been playing in our yard.

As the snow starts to melt today I am very sad. I love seeing my sweet dogs having this much fun. Winter has lasted so long that I wonder if they have forgotten what it is like to have regular grass under their paws. Sure there will be bunnies to chase again, birds to watch fly over the house, the doggie pool with water in it and our neighbors will come out of hibernation and join me in the yard. For now, though, it is just the three of us trying to get in as many snow zoomies as we can.


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My Big Black Dogs

As a writer who works from home I am blessed that I look at these two sweet black dog faces more than I look at anyone else in my family. They lay by my desk as I write, they force me to take periodic breaks, they are my lunch buddies, my muses and my best friends. I look at their beautiful black faces and marvel daily at the different expressions that show their emotions like an open book.

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Black Dog Syndrome refers to the lower adoption rates, longer waits for forever homes, and ultimately increased euthanasia rates for black dogs. Although the evidence for this is anecdotal rather than statistical, it is enough of a problem that some shelters have used creative means of promoting their black dogs, from brightly colored bandanas to special adoption events. DSCF0501

Personally, I prefer black dogs. As a Labrador parent I sought out a black puppy both times. Jackson and Tinkerbell now fill my home with black dog hair tumbleweeds, but previously there was Snoop, Cinder and Babe, all black Labradors. In fact, we specifically waited for a black litter. We would have had a wonderful puppy out of any of our breeder’s yellow litters as all of her puppies are amazing dogs, but as far as aesthetics go, black is my preferred Labrador coat. Their fur seems more silky and shiny, especially with their Canine Caviar holistic pet food that fuels them. To me they are simply works of art, from their tails to their noses, and every furry black inch between.1

Since I can’t understand how they aren’t the FIRST dogs to find homes, let’s run down some of the fun reasons why black dogs are the best!

10. Feed them good food and keep them nicely brushed and clean and their fur will shine like silk.

9. Black fur is easier to see when it’s time to vacuum.

8. Dogs with black faces do not get tear stains like lighter colored dogs.

7. It’s easier to see them in the snow.

6. Their fur won’t show up on your Little Black Dress, black dress pants, black sweaters or black leggings!

5.  Brightly colored collars pop beautifully against their fur!

4. In some breeds, like Labradors, their fur feels softer and more snuggly.

3. In the rescue world, one person’s unwanted dog is another person’s best friend!

2. You can sing Led Zeppelin songs to them.

1. Their hearts and souls are the same as lighter colored dogs!DSCF0259

Want to read more about Black Dog Syndrome or find your own black dog? Check out these great links:

http://www.blackpearldogs.com/

http://www.blackdogrescueproject.com/black-dog-syndrome.html

http://www.startseeingblackdogs.com/bdsyndrome.html