Brrrrrrrrr!! Whoooooshhhh!! After yesterday’s temperature reaching almost 70 degrees, winter has returned. It is in the 40s with wind gusts up to 45 miles an hour. I was up half the night listening to the wind attempting to shake the house and everything in it. When I woke up and looked out the window, tree limbs were being tossed around like a ship in a storm. I said a silent prayer that none of the large branches would come down on our cars or house! So far, so good!
This wacky weather in New Jersey is making outdoor activities difficult. I try to walk our dog, Scraps, every day at least once a day. He is a terrier with a lot of energy! This morning, as I listened to the winds and watched the weather on TV, I pondered whether or not I would be taking him today. Scraps seemed to sense my hesitation and almost immediately, his ears perked up, his tail started to wag and he looked at me with an expression of pleaing, “It’s not that cold! I’m ready! Let’s go! It’s just a little wind! What’s the problem?”
So, as usual, I gave in and bundled up. There seemed to be enough time between the strong gusts that I could at least take him around the block. I opened the door and put out the American flag as I do every morning, making sure it was secure. Scraps was anxious to get started and started to pull to being the walk. Almost immediately, I regretted not putting on my gloves. It felt like it was in the 30’s again. Ugh! I pulled my hat down further over my ears and started moving.
The neighborhood was littered with garbage cans since today was garbage day. I shivered a little and pulled up the zipper on my coat to my chin. BRR! Scraps, however, was trotting along without a care in the world. Wind? No problem! Cold temps? Don’t be a sissy!
A few minutes into our walk, a gust of wind came and blew the top of a garbage can a few feet in front of us, just missing him. Scraps pinned his rather large ears back (I guess to keep the wind from blowing in them) stopped, lifted his leg on a tuft of grass and kept right on going, happy as ever. For a split second, I considered turning around but then realized that Scraps is like that in any kind of weather. He is always ready to go for a walk. It could be 100 degrees out with 90% humidity (and yes, it does get that hot in NJ) and he is ready to go. It could be snowing and even sleeting out, but he is always, always ready for a walk. If I was willing to take him, I bet he would even walk in the pouring rain (well, maybe with his coat on).
I once read an article that we should try and be more like our dogs. It focused on their love of play, long amounts of sleep and being a loyal companion. I would like to add one more thing to the list – to always be ready to walk/exercise and truly enjoy it as much as he does! No matter what!