January 30th, 2019
This morning, Bailey and I ventured outside to more pleasant temperatures. The previous weekend had been shrouded in extreme windchill warnings which put a damper on Bailey’s 4th birthday. The thermometer showed -36 degrees Celsius at 6 am. But, by the afternoon, it registered -14 degrees. Warmer temperatures meant more snow. The front yard was cleared in the morning. My husband and I turned our attention to working on shovelling out the backyard. My assignment involved cleaning off the deck, stairs and patio area. Bailey waited patiently – happy to lie out in the cool, fluffy snow. It didn’t take too long before I was throwing the ball to the delight of my big girl. From there, we progressed to “Hide ‘n Seek”. Bailey stays sitting while I find a clever place to hide. The whistle is then blown and the challenge is on to find me. I hide behind the garden shed or duck alongside the raised bed. Bailey loves this game as she is treated with dried sweet potato pieces upon my discovery. I move further away and provided some confusion for her as I disappeared around one side of the house only to return by the other side. Bailey still found me. I can’t say that my clothing helps me to blend into the white landscape. I always wear a safety vest when taking Bailey out of the yard and it is just become a habit. It clearly stacks the game in Bailey’s favour. We also practiced our carting and Rally-O commands in between games. Our last game was Tug. As the name suggests, Bailey and I engage in a tug-o-war over her rubber, double handled Kong. I have learned to lie out on the snow in order to improve my chances of winning. Bailey never seems to tire of this game. I begin losing more than I win. Bailey celebrates getting the Kong away from me by whipping it from side to side as she shakes her head. After an hour or so, I am done. Bailey is not. I am reduced to lying out on the snow, watching the snowflakes fall as my girl stares at me in disbelief. She tries to convince me with the nudge of the Kong to continue the game. Not a chance…..