I don’t know about where you live, but here in our corner of the world, Mother Nature decided that we should have a white Christmas, complete with all the trimmings of subzero temperatures and the arctic blast. It happened overnight for us, and we are still adjusting to life in the deep freeze. It hasn’t just been a rude awakening for us humans as we bundle up into layers of long underwear and wool sock with our boots and coats, it’s been an adjustment for the dogs, too. We grab the tummy warmers for Bunny and Flattery for quick trips out to go potty because they’re easy to put on and they don’t get in the way of any ahem, “business” that they need to take care of.
The other morning, Mr. Taleteller came back inside with Bunny and Flattery after a quick trip outside to answer the call of nature. Flattery immediately came over to me and put her head against my chest, casting a hairy eyeball in my husband’s direction. Clearly, she had a grievance she needed to file. My husband was laughing and as he came in, he told me he had a blog post for me. They both had me intrigued.
Flattery is infamous for going out to the pen in the middle of the day, turning around and standing at the door mulishly. On this particular day, Mr. Taleteller told her “I have my long underwear on. We’re not going back in until you go!” She stared at him like The Godfather and probably would have said “I’ll cut you” if she had a voice. However, she did turn around and go potty. The entire time, she was glaring at him and huffing and puffing, her little cheeks blowing in and out like a fireplace bellows. Since she often considers Mr. Taleteller her buddy, the betrayal seemed to cut especially deep.
Since she’s normally very good natured and easygoing, I had to have a good laugh. The one thing Flattery does not like is the cold. In her defense, it’s really too cold for all of us. Even Bunny, who likes the cool weather is unhappy with the temperatures right now. I’ve been contemplating whether it will be safe for us to make our annual New Year’s hike this year to see the frozen waterfalls of whether it will simply be too cold and dangerous to be out that long. If it is, we’ll find another tradition for the year and do our best to enjoy it. I think everyone here is ready for Spring already, but I have a feeling we have a while to wait.