Winter in Wisconsin!?!?
Love it or hate it...it can be fun with a little help from our canine pals
Some love it and some...not so much. If you love Wisconsin winters, you're lucky! I have lived in warm climates and cold climates, and I'm definitely a warm-climate girl. But, alas, here I am enduring another Wisconsin winter, looking out at six to seven inches of fresh powder and getting ready to clear the driveway for the third time this week. Maybe I would enjoy winter more if I picked up a winter sport like skiing...nah. But, I bet those skiers out there are pretty happy today!
Even though I'd rather stay inside where it's warm and cozy, my little Australian Shepherd has other ideas. You see, she LOVES the snow! She's not really a warm-climate girl like me and will play in the snow until her legs and belly are so packed with snowballs that she can barely move! You dog families out there know what I'm talking about.
So, outside we go. And, even though I drag my heels a bit, we always have a blast because this little Aussie is a bit of a clown and has a good sense of humor! Here are some fun things to do outside with your dog this winter. So bundle up and head out...I can just about guaranty that you will forget whatever problem has been weighing on you all day. You won't be able to help but smile!
Go for a Hike
Head out to a nearby park and enjoy the outdoors with your K9 exercise buddy. Walking in fresh snow is good exercise for you and your dog and your dog will get oh, so tired sniffing all the sniffs. Some of my favorite hiking spots...ANY Waukesha County Park (especially Naga-Waukee in Delafield, Fox River Park in Waukesha & Minooka Park in Waukesha). For a really fun trip and lots of great photo ops, head down to Milwaukee's Lakefront and walk through Veteran's Park and Lakeshore State Park. Both are so beautiful in the winter.
Not just for warm, summer days -- playing frisbee in the snow is FUN!! Tennis balls tend to get "lost" in the snow, so we stick to the frisbee in the winter. It's great to watch the snow fly as my pup dives for the frisbee in the snow, picks it up and gives it a good shake to get the snow off. TIP: Throw your frisbee shorter distances than you would on grass...it's a bit tougher to run fast in the snow! We don't play this once the snow gets icy to avoid injuries. But on a day like today, the snow provides a soft landing and is quite fun!
Get on Their Level
Put on those boots and snow pants and get down on their level! Why? Because it's just FUN! If you don't usually get on the ground outside with your dog, they will thoroughly enjoy your "silliness". The world looks a bit different when you're on the ground playing with your dog and your worries will melt away, even if only for a short while. It makes me feel like a kid again...I bet you can't resist making a snow angel!