It snowed all day yesterday and we got a total of about 3″ of the fluffy stuff. Vic and both had a great time with Tobie playing out there in our back yard. We filled the bird feeders and of course started throwing snow at each other. It’s snowed a few times in the previous years we’ve been here and let me tell you, I’ve never seen a happier dog in the snow that Apple. I’ve got photos of Apple & Tobie in the snow in 2006 and 2008 and I just crack up every time I look at them. Apple’s grandma (my mom) was pretty fed up with her stripping the bark off of a few bushes in the back yard of her old house in Glendora, so she got the bright idea to throw her a trash can lid. After that it was all over. She loved her trash can lids. As she grew older we had to get bigger and bigger lids. We started at the 30 gallon lid level and ended up at the 55 gallon lid level. I thought she would eventually tire of her game, but it never happened. She loved doing all sorts of things with the lid. First off when she first saw it every morning in the backyard she would pounce on it like a cat and then try and pick it up from the edge while she was standing on it. A second game, similar to the first, is that she would bring it to me and want me to throw it. Of course how could one say no to a 165lb dog bringing a 55 gallon trash can lid to you in her mouth? No way. I would throw it like a Frisbee as far as I could and sometimes it would land on a hard surface like asphalt or concrete. She would tear after it, full speed like a train, and pounce on it! She would use her full speed with her front paws on the back end of the lid and push the lid across the hard surface! She wouldn’t have her head down at all, it was all the way up with her mouth open and her tongue hanging out in pure happiness. This lid would slide across the concrete or even the grass sometimes and she would just ride with it until it stopped. It was hilarious! She’d then pick it up again and we’d go for another round. She loved having the lid thrown. Always barreling after it at full speed. For a dog her size I’d think they’d tire out pretty quick. Nope, not for a good long while.
The other game she’d play with her lid was to pick one end up with her mouth and then stick the top of the lid under her chest. She’d then lean into it and try to get the bottom of the lid, thus folding it in half. This whole time she’d be growling at it and having a great time. I don’t know what she was trying to accomplish, but it sure was funny to watch. And finally her favorite thing to do with the lids was to take her lid to a pile of leaves or a pile of snow. Just like a kid, the lid would disappear into the pile, she’d find it, wrestle with it and then scoop up leaves or snow and flip it around. It was so funny that we couldn’t get mad at her. I’m sure many of you can relate to spending hours raking leaves into a pile only to have kids jump into it. She always had such a great time! Apple didn’t know it, but I feel she has taught me the first few lessons of being a parent and reminded me to not take things too seriously.