November 25, 2010

White Dog barked in the still dark morning to alert us that Puff had gone outside and needed to come in. (Our newest girl goes out the dog door without problem but still waits to be invited back inside...but at least now comes in when called). Steve got up and lifted the flap and announced, "It is snowing!" White Dog was out in a flash and came in minutes later to stand on the bed with cold wet feet and to shake snow on us...just to confirm the accuracy of Steve's statement. It was just a smattering of white but it was enough to send poor shaved-to skin-Nuka into shudders when the former Florida girl went out to take care of business.

A quick consult between Steve and I shifted the day's plans from hiking in the mountains to visiting the Bosque del Apache, the winter home for thousands of sand hill cranes, snow geese, ducks. It is the largest winter refuge for Whooping Cranes and is home to several Bald Eagles. There are lovely paths, viewing areas, and lots of open spaces. We gathered the White Dog Army and presented our plan. In an instant WD, TOWD, and AWD were prancing impatiently at the door ready to roll. SAWD cowered in her crate and we understood that she was not yet ready for a car ride with everyone or wearing a leash or exploring the unknown. We left Puff a treat and an open crate door (in hopes she might be more actively curious if no one was home), gathered the humans, and loaded into the car.

The photos and video show our Thanksgiving celebration. It was a wonderful afternoon of family togetherness. White Dog at one point took over the task of "walking" her sister, AWD, so Steve could film more easily. We communed with nature, we turned our faces into the sunshine and laughed. We breathed in the joy of being alive. We were grateful, so very grateful, for how rich and full our lives were. At the end, we shared a car picnic of simple snacks. We drove home as darkness crept over the mountains turning our home truly into a Land of Enchantment. We were tired but happy and filled with such contentment. We hope your day was as fantastic.


Teddy Bear said...

Looks and sounds like an amazing day. How did Puff do that home? We just loved seeing the video of your special day.:)

Teddy Bear

Mack said...

Sounds like you guys had an awesome turkey day. All we did was sleep at home by ourselves while the humans gorged at grandma's!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Thanks fur sharing the pawesome video!

We hope that next time woo go on an adventure like that Puff will want to go along!


Brian said...

What fun you had, that sure was a bunch of birds!!!

Suka said...

hey White Dog Army,

What a pawsome video! Nuka looked so cute in her little pink coat! What a beautiful location! And the birds looked amazing!

It sounds like you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! How did Puff do alone? I bet you all can't wait until she can join you on your exciting adventures!


p.s. That was a beautiful Thanksgiving post you wrote on Wednesday. Very well stated! And so from the heart. Loved it!

Sagira said...

Sounds like a great Thanksgiving. Love the little dog sweater. :)

Very beautiful video.

Hansel said...

both our parents watched the video together :) it was very beautiful, thank you for sharing with us!!!! Looks lovely!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a wonderful video! We chuckled to see the two pups leashed together - worked out quite well, didn't it?

We hope Puff had a good day at home too.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Kari in WeHo said...

Sounds amazing. How was Puff at home?