January 2nd, 2018
A cold snap hit parts of Canada as the New Year approached. I could not help wondering what the big fuss over these “cold temperatures” was about. Here in Labrador, we survive under more frigid conditions. The morning of Christmas Day, I awoke to -42 degrees Celsius outside. My friend and I still went out with our dogs for not one but, two walks. Our husbands took the two furry pals out for the evening stroll. Bailey and her pal, Cas, were not in the least bit tempted to forfeit these outings. In a few days, the temperatures were hovering in the minus twenty range. It was quite pleasant if you were dressed warmly. Watching the antics of Bailey and Cas as they played in the snow was enough of a distraction for us to forget about the cold. I won’t pretend that the extreme cold here is better than the moderate climates enjoyed by southern Canadians. The majority of us in the North embrace living life to the fullest even if it means putting up with cold. We entertain ourselves through the long winter months by hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, skating and snowmobiling.
Dogs like Bailey and Cas encourage us to seek outdoor pursuits even in harsh temperatures. In Labrador, it was business as usual.