R & R

January 9th, 2019

Winter is well-entrenched here in Labrador West and won’t be ready to leave until late May.  January is usually the coldest month of the year.  Time outside is limited when temperatures plunge below -30 degrees Celsius.  It encourages me to spend more time on the couch with a book in hand.  As I have gotten older, I treasure the moments of reading a book.  The recent holidays provided so many hours of reading that my book stack has been diminished considerably.  Thankfully, our local library is close by and stocked with a variety of reading material.  When our family arrived here 8 1/2 years ago, the first place that we visited was the library. The library cards given to us were very special for a family who longed for a Newfoundland dog of their own.  nl library card colouredResidents of Newfoundland and Labrador enjoy the image of the Newfoundland dog and Labrador retriever on their library cards.  I took it as a sign that we had found the perfect place to bring a Newf puppy home.  Every time our library cards are used, we are reminded of the breed’s beauty.  The card for me symbolizes my love for books and the Newfoundland dog.  Bailey is supportive of my reading habit as she happily lies alongside the couch waiting for my hand to dangle down and connect with her exposed tummy.  “R & R” has a unique meaning to her – “Rubs & Reading” Time.


  1. easyweimaraner · January 10, 2019

    -30? …that’s something we can not imagine here… we had +3°c yesterday and for us it was like siberia LOL

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    • noofmitchell · January 12, 2019

      It is one of the reasons for wanting a Newfoundland dog who is better suited to our extreme cold environment. In the winter, I hardly see anyone out with their shorthaired dogs (not crazy like me). But come summer, our area is bursting with dogs. These owners would agree with you that it is just too cold to be outside for long. Bailey comes alive at -10 degrees Celsius to bound down the trail in search of adventure.


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