Is it wrong to throw snowballs at your dog?

We have gotten about a foot of snow from the Nor’easterner here in NYC. I have always loved snow, and it is good to see that Nash really loves the snow to. When I was a kid, I would come up to New York from Florida, and I would stay with my Grandparents in Yonlers. One of my favorite stories that my Grandma used to tell me was that one time I came up, and I kept looking out the window, and finally my Grandma asked me, “Brian what are you looking for?” I said, “snow.” She said, “sorry Brian, it’s July and doesn’t snow this time of year.” What can I say, I wasn’t a very bright kid.

Nash and I had a fun adventure yesterday with all the snow coming down. Luckily, we didn’t have any where that we had to go. We did go to Duane Reade which is a block away, and the snow wasn’t coming down hard yet. By late evening when we went out for Nash’s walk, it was really coming down, and it was difficult to just get to the street for Nash to go to the bathroom, as the sidewalks were covered, and I couldn’t tell where the sidewalk ended and the street began. As Nash did his business, I was just struggling to stay upright, and it hit me, Guiding Eyes never taught us what to with our guide dogs when it snows. I was feeling all around trying to find his poop, and finally said the hell with it. It amazed me that Nash did not sink into the snow, but his poop must have.

It hasn’t snowed today, and we have been out twice, and the amazing thing about NYC is the sidewalks are pretty much all cleared. At least today I can tell where the sidewalk and the street begin. Nash always goes to the bathroom in the street by the curb, and of course, that is where all the snow is, but he was able to pop up onto the snow and do his thing, but I still can’t seem to find it when he is done with it. Not sure how it disappears so quickly into the snow. Today Nash and I played a little in the snow. After he did his business, we moved down to what I thought was some fresh clean snow, and I let Nash run around in it. He was on his leash, but he was really enjoying running around in the snow. Then for some reason, I mashed up a snowball and gently tossed it at him. I began to shovel snow on to him, and what did he do. He actually began to shovel snow at me with his paws. What can I say, I guess he is smarter than me. I hope we have a lot of snow storms this winter, as Nash and I both enjoy them, and I think it probably has a lot to do with that I don’t have to travel that much in it, and I don’t have to shovel it.

3 Responses to “Is it wrong to throw snowballs at your dog?”

  1. Barbara Fischler Says:

    enjoy the snow… but please not when we come up!!!

  2. Lorraine Says:

    Hey Brian,
    Snow is cold, poop is hot – well warm and heavier than snow so the poop sinks from its weight helped by its temp. The cool thing is that the snow plows will just push it away eventually.
    Nash does love the snow. He spent a full winter with us here with a fenced in back yard full of snow. He used to try to bite the shovel when we tried to clean off the deck. Sometimes he would be off the deck in the yard and I would throw a shovel of snow on him. He always came back for more.
    I’m so glad you and he enjoyed it. We got nothing here from the storm. Dodged that bullet. I’m sure there will be more though. We have a couple of inches on the ground is all.

  3. blindgator Says:

    Hey Lorraine, thanks for going into the whole physics of snow and poop for me. HA! Yes, Nash has loved the snow sometimes vearing straight into a big pile of it. I hope we get a lot more as a lot of it is beginning to get slushsy and nasty. If I don’t speak to ya, Happy Holidays from Nash and me.

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