Sunday, March 9, 2008

The trial that wasn't (well, for me and Lucy anyway)

While bloggers in gentler parts of the world herald the welcome arrival of spring, Mother Nature dropped over 50 cms of snow on us from Friday afternoon to this morning. On top of that, today there are also strong winds, gusting up to 50 km/h, doing just a dandy job of blowing all the fresh snow all over the highways.

Here's what the highway looks like in town where there's enough traffic to sort of have one decent lane in each direction; I don't want to think about what it looks like in the rural section I would have been driving today. Is that an ambulance driving toward the west side of the photo? The trial Lucy was signed up for is an hour and a half's drive on a good day, probably double that with today's road conditions. Normally I wouldn't be opposed to a drive that long except for the defensive driving stuff drilled into my brain from years back stating that everyone else on the road is an idiot, so drive accordingly. Today, that means don't drive at all. There goes $70 out the window as she would have run in two Starters Standards, her first try at Starters Snooker, and Advanced Jumpers. Sigh.

So instead of posting videos of the amazingly spectacular agility runs it's doubtless she would have put in today, here's a little video of the dogs going out for their morning pee (and since snow is so exciting, zooming back in to play living room zoomies). Somehow it doesn't look like 50 cms of snow -- I thought they would be swimming in it more. Geez, for all the trouble the snow brings, the least it could do is look a little more dramatic.

I supposed the good news is, skijoring season will be extended that much longer; too bad most of my upcoming weekends are already booked with other stuff. Ok I'll stop whining now!


Elayne said...

I don't blame you, I wouldn't drive in that either. Heck, I've blown off trials when the roads weren't as bad as that and it was only an hour drive.

It looks like a lot of snow to me, ugh, you have my sympathies. I was out on my deck today with my jeans and shirt sleeves rolled up and still had to come in because I got too hot after awhile.

Walter is such a big handsome boy. He doesn't look at all happy to be in the snow. My crew would be going crazy in that stuff.

LucyandWalter said...

Thanks for reminding me that my decision to forego the trial is an indication that the agility addiction hasn't completely taken away my sanity.

You're right, Walter doesn't look very happy in the snow in this video. I wonder if it's because of the strange sensation of peeing onto his belly due to the snow being so deep. Both he and Lucy normally love the snow and if they're not deer-hopping through it then they're snowdiving or making snow angels. Maybe he's just plain tired of all the snow this year - Ottawa is about 40cms shy of our record 444 cms of snow in one winter (1970/71). Last year we had less than 200 cm.

Pacco de Mongrel said...

wat a bummer that both of u didn't manage to make it for the trial..

weather can be so unpredictable...

Jasmine said...


Sorry... I'm still chuckling over Walter's face when he went outside and found himself in that much snow.

It may not look like a lot, but it'd darn difficult to walk in. Jasmine got stuck trying to climb her "snow hill".

LucyandWalter said...

Jasmine's human: Hah! I love how you built snow stairs for her so she could remain Queen of Castle. :-) You are such a dog person now... there's no going back!