Cold and Restless

It is cold in Chicago. I’m not complaining, it just is. Cold. My dog comes in from a brief time outside to take care of her business and she’s shivering from head to toe. In fact, (she cracks me up), she starts to shiver as she walks to the door, before I open it, before she goes out. Yes. She’s Ruby, my short-haired Viszla high strung eight year old. I do put a sweater on her. She also has a heavy duty blanket/coat, like horses wear, for longer walks.

The real problem with this cold are the brief bursts of moisture we get at night which promptly turn to ice on the cold ground. Sidewalks are covered in layers of ice. It’s treacherous!

So, the really real problem with this cold and ice is that I can’t walk my dogs. Not only do I fear slipping and injuring myself but I worry about my dogs on the ice. Roxie, my13 year old dog,is having issues with her hind legs, a spinal/nerve degeneration issue. She’s very feeble – even as she is incredibly strong and healthy for a 13 year old. And then there’s Ruby who I fear would just be too cold. And then there’s Emmy, our baby pit bull/border collie mix, who would be fine.

Actually both Roxie and Emmy LOVE the cold and the snow. I think Ruby is ok in it if she is warm enough. But if you have ever had dogs who are use to being walked, dogs who are suddenly home-bound do to the weather…well, you can imagine the restless energy in my house. Thankfully I have a stash of toys that I can pull out, a new toy every day or so. These toys become the means of great entertainment as the dogs tussle and compete for the toy and eventually tear the toy to pieces trying to get the stuffing and the squeeky out. Once the squeeky is out I have to throw the shredded toy parts away, quickly, for fear the dogs will consume the squeeky.

Yup. That’s how I’m living this week. And the worst is yet to come – a high of 9 degrees is expected for Friday. Winter is half over and I’m not complaining. Just trying to stay warm and keep these dogs entertained.


About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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5 Responses to Cold and Restless

  1. Songbird says:

    We're about to have a deep freeze. I was thinking of Sam this morning, how much he would have loved the snow we just got, but also how relieved I am not to have to keep him exercised when the ground is icy. Mixed feelings.

  2. Gaye says:

    I live in sunny Africa where we get ground frost in the winter and 17C is considered a coooold day! We are spared snow and ice. However I did spend a winter in Riverhead (Long Island) with our two and half year old son. He was used to running about outdoors in a diaper, hat and suncream and the need to dress in warm clothes, mittens and boots before going outdoors outraged him. Keeping him amused and busy was not easy and exhausted me.I have never forgotten …. so you have my sympathies and hopes that the ice melts soon.

  3. Lisa :-] says:

    I knew there was a reason we moved away from Chicago…

  4. Wendy says:

    Your description of the dogs and what you are doing to entertain them reminds me oddly of my kids when it rained for over a week and we were stuck inside. Which then makes me think of my friends in the Chicago area with little ones. And so, as much as I whine about not having seasons, right now I will be grateful for California and think of the rest of the country with a prayer for safety and fortitude.

  5. i know the snow-day feeling all too well! we however have been out walking, with the ice under the fresh powder… *sigh* i did have my first official wipeout of the season 2 days ago. mochajava has slipped a little… but he is wise where he puts his feet, i follow him b/c of that reason! bailey however is still a bundle of puppy how fast can we get there energy…

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