I see fewer dogs out walking with their people on snowy days with temperatures below 0. But those I do see make me happy I have a golden retriever.
The Best Reasons To Have A Golden Retriever In The Snow
When the snow gets deep I can still find her.
The more snow we have, the more I worry about the bichon frise who walks by our house. He’s small and he’s white. He could end up lost until spring.
How else am I going to transport dozens of tiny ice balls onto my hardwood floors if I didn’t have a four-paw delivery service?
And besides, cleaning ice balls out from between Honey’s pads and the fur on the back of her legs after a walk is bonding time.
Because my golden retriever doesn’t take as long to sniff every dog’s leavings on a cold walk as those beagles from down the street.
I just know that some day the emergency responders will find our neighbor frozen to the ground while her two beagles are still sniffing up every scent molecule left by that big husky mix an hour ago.
Even if I reduce walk time by half an hour because I’m too cold, Honey will entertain herself in the yard by making snow angels.
It’s good to know my wussiness doesn’t prevent Honey from getting her exercise.
She comes with her own coat.
I just put on her leash and we go. We’ve walked outside with wind chills as low as -17° F (that’s -27° C to the rest of the world) and I have yet to see Honey show any signs of distress.
We can still play fetch even if I forget to put a ball in my pocket.
Honey is just as happy to get a face full of snow. And we have plenty of that.
Because my back would ache from lifting a short-legged corgi or basset hound over the two foot mountains of ice left by the snow plows at the end of every block.
For my long-legged golden, it’s just another agility obstacle.
Who wants to look out their window to see a pristine yard of snow when they can have a yard that looks like a bomb site?
An afternoon of golden retriever games leaves no snow untouched.
On icy sidewalks, it’s always better to have an “I just love to be with you” dog than an “it’s adventure time, I just want to run as fast as I can” dog.
I know. I’ve lived with both. Let’s just say I’ve received fewer injuries with the golden.
Because it’s snowy. And because I have a golden retriever. And we should always be thankful for what we’re given in life.
Your Turn: Is your dog well-suited to the weather you live with?