I've been housebound for the last 4 weeks, which means my dogs have been housebound as well. Before the snow and frigid temps, I was able to sit outside a few times, and use the chuck-it to exercise them. Right now, the ice is too scary to even think about venturing outside on my own (on one leg), so it's back to staying in and being really bored. Both are content to snooze on the couches in front of the fireplace all day, but that isn't very good for them in the long run!
Even hiring someone to come throw the ball isn't a great option - one of the dogs cut a paw on the ice crust the other day, so running in the yard isn't much of an option either. This is the one time I wish I had carpet - the Pergo is too slippery for them to run around and fetch on. :-( We have a few more weeks of this and right now I'm actualy wanting melting and the mud that comes along with it!
Anyone know any warmer-weather chants (can't dance! ;-D)?

Janet Boss
Best Friends Dog Obedience
"Nice Manners for the Family Pet"
Voted "Best of Baltimore 2001" - Baltimore Magazine www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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I've been housebound for the last 4 weeks, which means my dogs have been housebound as well. Before the snow ... I'm actualy wanting melting and the mud that comes along with it! Anyone know any warmer-weather chants (can't dance! ;-D)?

I'm running the usual 4-5 miles or so in the snow most mornings. It's quite lovely, actually, as long as it's not too windy. Especially when the sun is out. The winter sun is intense and warm, even when it's 30
degrees out. The dogs are offleash for 90% of it.
Hope you get better soon. There must be a backlog
of dogs at your "shelter" that need someone to come up with a reason why they have to be killed. Those poor dogs, waiting all alone in their cages with
nobody to make up reasons to kill them.
It's a damn shame!
PS,
H-O WE much do you pay your "shelter manager?"
You must have input on that, as an important person who sits her fat ass on "the Board." Thanks for your heelp, Janet, I'm trying to better understand the
Humane movement in the US.
Courteously yours,
michael
live...
http://dogtv.com
Can you rent at a training facility (if yours isn't big enough?) and do some fun stuff? I rent 2x a week with some friends and do an hour of agility (in addition to obed and rally classes). It's not much but it's better than no exercise.

Kristen and
Kali CDX, CGC, TDIA, TT
www.kristenandkali.com
Can you rent at a training facility (if yours isn't big enough?) >and dosome fun stuff?

Erm- I guess you missed the earlier posts where Janet talked about having surgery? She's not housebound because of the weather; the weather's just made the situation worse. :-)
Which I can sympathize with; even mobile, with a big back yard, my guys and I are bored. Playing in the yard isn't the same as getting out, walking, and having a change of scenery. And right now, the yard's got some nasty slippy spots.
It's times like these that I am so glad that a) Guinness likes the cold and b) Guinness likes to play tug. When it's too cold to go outside, a good game of tug will tire him out like no other.
-Shannon
Correctamundo. I haven't been allowed to put any weight on my foot for the last 4 weeks. And no driving. Both which mean I can't even have someone bring me to flyball practice and have me sit in a chair - the steps are too challenging.
Which I can sympathize with; even mobile, with a big back yard, my guys and I are bored. Playing in the yard isn't the same as getting out, walking, and having a change of scenery. And right now, the yard's got some nasty slippy spots.

Yeah - even if I can the wheelchair out on the patio (it has snow and ice on it too), the yard is a bit too dangerous for my tastes - I don't need dogs breaking something and me not being able to help them immediately! ICE is a much different problem than snow.
Janet Boss
Best Friends Dog Obedience
"Nice Manners for the Family Pet"
Voted "Best of Baltimore 2001" - Baltimore Magazine www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Franklin adores the cold and snow - Lucy hates it. He will race around the yard on his own (and both will fetch if I'm out there, even the cold is forgotten for a tennis ball as far as Lucy is concerned!).

He can't race around much right now though, because of the crust of ICE on top of the nice fluffy snow. I can't get out on the patio because of ice.

The dogs play tug with each other fortunately, but it doesn't come close to the heart-pumping yard racing Franklin normally does.
It's not tiring out that I need - the dogs become slugs, the less exercise they get (better than hyper dogs I suppose!). I just don't think it's physically and mentally good for them - or me! I need the ice to go away at least!
Janet Boss
Best Friends Dog Obedience
"Nice Manners for the Family Pet"
Voted "Best of Baltimore 2001" - Baltimore Magazine www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Which I can sympathize with; even mobile, with a big back yard, my guys and I are bored. Playing in the yard isn't the same as getting out, walking, and having a change of scenery. And right now, the yard's got some nasty slippy spots.

Sarah, can't you get out to a park or something? I've been taking the guys out a bunch, and in the past 4 days, haven't come across a single soul. The walking is hard, and is really tough on Pan's feet, but at least a few other people have been out and about, and I try to stay in their footsteps as much as possible.
Suja
Sarah, can't you get out to a park or something?

Two problems: One, access TO the parks (will expand on that), two, there's snow in the parks, too.
Access is difficult because there are only two parks reasonably close to where I live. The trails at one of those parks are reached by parking on the shoulder of a road- there's no parking lot. Not only are the shouders not plowed, but the snow is often plowed ONTO the shoulders. The other park consists of two farms which were deeded to the county a few years ago, and the parking areas are accessed by driving down the original farm lanes. So Sunday and Monday, neither area was acessible at all. Once the parking situation eased, there was the issue of wind blowing ice off the trees and making things hazardous; rest of the week, the issue has been the snow and ice on the trails.
We have gotten out for shorter walks, but I'm in snow up to mid-calf (thank goodness for my Sorels!), which slows me down & makes it hard to keep up with the dogs, OR I'm slipping on ice under the snow. Plus, Morag gets iceballs in her feet, and Rocsi's up to her middle in the snow & gets cold fairly quickly, even with a coat on. Brenin is the only one of my dogs who can really move in the snow.
So we just can't keep going for either the length or the pace that we're all used to.
Today was better, as the fluffy stuff we just got didn't seem to iceball Morag the way the wetter stuff we got earlier did.
The walking is hard, and is really tough on Pan's feet, but at least a few other people have been out and about, and I try to stay in their footsteps as much as possible.

Yes, that does help.
BTW, I noticed something really funny when we were in fairly deep snow the other day; Rocsi was running down a line of footprints as if she were doing weave poles- IOW she was hopping, swinging her body from side to side and neatly dropping her hind feet (both feet together, as a unit, not a normal running movement) into each footprint as her front feet left it.
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