Dashing & Prancing & Bounding & Slipping

Did you know there’s SNOW here? I saw a few flurries while I was in Michigan in December, but this is the first time in three years I’ve seen actual accumulation and it’s the very first time our puppy, Owen, has seen snow.

(Okay, I know I have a whole blog just for Owen and I didn’t intend to start the new blog with a post about him, but the move has dominated the past couple days.)

Everything about the trip went very smoothly, but of course I didn’t know that until I finally saw him in Chicago. We had a two hour layover in Mexico City — where I was NOT allowed to see him — and I got myself so worked up that I was nearly doubled over in pain. Fortunately the people working for the airline took pity on me and ran all over making sure Owen a) was there, and b) was on the plane.

We arrived in Chicago early Wednesday morning and Owen seemed pretty freaked out. He perked up a little once I brought him outside but kept looking at me like I’d tricked him or something. He gingerly pranced over the snow and seemed a uncertain about the white stuff — until today.

On the way to Michigan I stopped to let Owen run around, but it wasn’t until we got to my parents’ place that he really let loose. He sprinted with the reckless abandonment only puppies have — straight into a snowbank. He froze for a moment, then looked over his shoulder with a panicked look in his eye, but before I could rescue him he wiggled free.

Then did it again.

The driveway is plowed so there wasn’t too much ice, but he did manage to find the same piece over and over again. He slid on his butt, his side, his belly… and kept getting up and doing it again.

I WISH I had the camera so I can show you all how absolutely gleeful he looks. I was worried about how he’d transition from the Mexican heat but aside from a few shivers, he seems to be in his element.


26 Responses

  1. I’m so glad you got there safe and sound, Owen!

    Oh, and Mel, too. ;)


    • It was a stressful couple days, that’s for sure. I’m glad to be here now.

  2. Glad you made it safe and sound. I know it’s going to be difficult being away from Ibis but keep your chin up.

    • Hi Robin, yeah, it’s weird. I don’t think Owen has quite figured out what’s going on yet.

  3. Yay! So glad Owen is enjoying it and that the trip went smoothly ;o) I know you must be going through some mixed emotions, but glad you have your family around you (well some, anyway) and Owen!

    Welcome back! Maybe I’ll see ya around…

    • Erica, we’ll definitely have to plan a get-together. Maya’s a lot bigger than Owen, but I’m sure they’ll get along. He’s a big wimp. How old is your new dog? Also a year?

      • Yep, Freddie is almost exactly Maya’s age 1 year- old! Yes, I’m sure they would love it! They really love other doggies ;o) It would be great to meet you too! Maybe when the weather gets nicer… LOL

      • (I can’t seem to reply to you again…)

        Warmer sounds good — then we won’t be cleaning snow off twelve paws. I should also have my own vehicle by then.

  4. Glad to hear that you and Owen made it back safe. Have fun with the snow.

  5. Glad you arrived safe and sound. I would have loved to have seen Owen meet snow! Post pictures!

    • My mom has a camera I can use, but I still need a memory card. I’ll get pictures up as soon as I can!

  6. Glad you made home. I wish you much happiness and joy for your duration there.


  7. Geez, we’re letting just anybody with a pulse and a puppy live here these days. That’s what’s wrong with this country. :)

    Glad you’re back, Hooey.

  8. Glad he got there all in one frisky piece! How are you holding up? (hug)

    • I’m okay, just feeling like a waste of space at the moment.

  9. You made it! You’re okay! Owen is smashing into snowbanks! Sounds like a pretty seemless transition for the puppy. I hope you’re as good as he is.

    • Robin, he really is doing surprisingly well. He wasn’t very happy when we left him to go grocery shopping this morning, but he lived.

  10. Glad to hear it.

    • Thanks Travis. I even did a little editing during my layover.

  11. Awww! He’s so cute. I’m happy he’s having such fun!

    Good luck settling in!

    • He totally is. He seemed a little unsure about the cold this morning and gave me a look like I’m crazy, but once he woke up he was running all over the place again.

  12. That sounds like such a stressful layover!! So glad it all worked out and now he is home safe with you!!

    • Nadine, it was AWFUL. I was seriously doubled over at the counter when I was waiting for them to make sure he was there. Awful.

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