December 5, 2011

White Dog, actually all of us, started to full wakefulness when the phone rang at 5am! "What, the..." Steve said, snaking an arm out of the warm blankets to grab the phone on the headboard. It was the automated calling system letting us know that Michael's school was on two-hour delay because of the frigid weather. This was HOURS before Michael had to leave for school but we made a mental note to be sure and let him know and tried to get back to sleep.

There was only a dusting of snow in our neighborhood, when Steve and Quinn and Nuka got up to tell Michael the news that he could sleep in a little longer. But the temperature was only 11 degrees F. Michael was glad for the opportunity to scurry back to his warm bed; the White Ones made quick time of their "necessary" breaks and also returned to huddle in warm spots.

This was the start of the new quarter for Steve but his school too had a two-hour delayed start. The White Dog Army excitedly thought that meant a trip to the Park but were outvoted due to the cold. Just as they started to whine about their fate being tied to the cursed weather, Michael got the whooping happy news (for him) that schools across the city had been cancelled for the day due to the record-setting cold. Steve set out for school late morning only to be sent home right after lunch when the college cancelled classes and shutdown for the rest of the day. The City was having trouble with the cold and snow creating icy conditions on the roads; the utilities were asking for voluntary closures because of fears of over demand for heating.

When Steve walked in the WDA, of course, went wild yipping suggestions and plans for how to spend the day. Steve invited them to go with him out to the car to bring in some groceries he had picked up. WD, Puff, Nuka, YoYoMa and Quinn all pushed their way out...and quickly danced back inside where they waited on the dry carpet where it was warm. The outside activity discussion was tabled for another day.

They all settled in positions of dejected napping and sighed. "The weather is RUINING our lives," Nuka moaned. "Winds, Fog, Snow and now North Pole Temperatures," White Dog listed out, "all we are missing are sand storms and bowling ball sized hail!"

Her words were met with 4 pairs of Eskie eyes turning to her in horror as Quinn said, "Careful what you entice to visit us! Let's just focus on bright blue skies and our normal 40 degree F days." "Amen," murmured the others.


Nola said...

Engrossing as always! Stay warm!
Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

24 Paws of Love said...

Talk about a blast of winter! 11 Degrees? OMD!! That's OUR kind of normal weather. Crazy, crazy! What a great day to snuggle all day together, well respectfully together! BOL!! Hope you stay cozy and warm. Don't worry WDA, we should be switching places with you any time. Anytime!

Cappy the Eskie said...

11 degrees F -- Ollie and I are shivering just reading this. It does get cold in Northern California also – flannel sheets are on the bed, the heated mattress pad gets turned on before bedtime and Mom had to buy a heater just to warm up the bathroom.

Stay warm everyone!

Hugs and yips,
Cappy and Ollie

Suka said...

hey White Dog Army,

I think you sent your freezing cold my way, so thank you! Today was blistery cold, and tonight is even colder than that! I am loving it, but my human - not so much.

I know it is hard on you little ones, so I am furry happy you were able to stay warm and have all your peeps around you to enjoy the day with. Sounds like you made a freezing cold day into one full of warmth, togetherness, and love. :->


bichonpawz said...

We have been so warm here! It is very strange indeed...usually here in Upstate NY we are freezing by now and buried in snow. Not so this year!!
xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Brian said...

Talk about chillin out, y'all got it fur sure!

Amber DaWeenie said...

We is expectin' temps in da middle 80's today....wanna come for a visit to warm up?


Remington said...

Cold here too! I just want SNOW! And LOTS of it!

Random Felines said...

brrrr - though we don't think work would ever get called on account of cold. :)

Mr. Pip said...

Sounds like the weather is a bit confused. Are you sure you are not back in Chicago? Your weather sounds more like the windy city - though we never get nice weather work/school delays here.

Your pal, Pip

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Well, let's hope THAT doesn't happen.

We had a dusting of snow early this morning, all gone now, but oh it was fun while we had it. We just know that the WDA sent those 148 flakes our way:)

Thanks, pals.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Shane Kent Louis said...

Chilling out! ^_^

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Tweedles -- that's me said...

And its so chilly here too! What is going on?

Kari in Vegas said...

I miss school delays. WE need work delays...

Stop on by for a visit

Sagira said...

Ahh...I remember being a kid and loving snow days. I wish we got them now as adults, haha.