lol, Running Dog
, just so i'm not seen as a wuss, i am not sure you can picture the ice i have to live with in the winter. Winters are incredibly artic where i live,
even more severe than many places far far north of us, cuz we live by Lake Michigan.
The COLD does not bother me,
nope, nor does the snow
. But we get ice that is out of a bad movie,
and ice advisories, etc etc.
Even with special ice cleats
onto the bottom of our boots, it is either super slick, and rarely even, usually a slope one way or another, LOL, EVEN BUDDY SLIDES AROUND A BIT!!
like Bambi in that movie.. Even local horses and cows can break their legs on THIS kind of ice, every winter some have to be put down.
and no matter how slow you waddle along, you can still fall, BAM, i broke my tailbone last year. eeeeeeeeeee, THAT takes a lonnnnnnnnnng time to heal, had a purple bum for weeks
and another year, a concussion, taking brunt of fall on back of my head
. <--i know, i know, that explains a lot, right? ha ha!!
Luckily, Buddy sat beside me, and did not take off/get lost, and sat licking my face, as i lie on the street with the wind knocked out of me and seeing dots......til i could eventually stand back up before a car slid on the ice and ran over me, ha ha!!
WHAT A KNOT i got on my head....ouch ouch ouch. Took days to go down.
Now, if it is too icey, i say forget it. Our health is better NOT taking THAT walk outside!!
the kind of ice you get when it thaws a bit....
and becomes slushy,
and THEN REfreezes
.....eeeeeee, that is almost worse, THEN you have a very bumpy
of frozen tire tracks,
frozen molded footprints, etc,
all solid as stone
and all made of ICE!!
And then, even the top of the snow in one's yard is covered with crust of ice,
and i will not let Buddy run in that kind of ice-topped snow. His legs punch in and out
of the THICK
scraping them all up,
the DOGS here get bleedy wounds on their shins from this ice-topped snow,
and if he runs
in that type of snow--besides skin damage
, he can get joint damage
he yanks his own legs going in
AT ONE ANGLE....and THENout
of the snow AT ANOTHER ANGLE too quickly
---his foot does not come out when he expects it too, but instead, is grabbed by the solid ice.. Maybe you'd have to see it to picture how hard this is on a dog's legs
when they run in ice-covered snow.
NAH, i *CAN*
do freezing weather, so can Buddy,
the COLD, it's not the snow, it's THE ICE
that stops us...
we both have to be able to safely
walk! and the ice we get HERE
, "lake effect" weather, is the worst!
NOt like a patch of ice here....and another there.... nope nope nope, not
what i'm talking about. Miles of solid, sheer ice, even on top of
We live in country, not where there are shovelled sidewalks, we walk by the cars sliding around out on the road, and the roads out here do not get cleared by plows very often, etc, like in the city.