White Dog commented on how quiet the neighborhood was just as Steve came in to announce that both the University and the Public School system had cancelled classes for the day and that most of the city was on a two-hour delay.With that he threw open the blinds so that we could see that the back deck was covered in several inches of snow, which continued to fall.
As if that wasn't enough of an early morning shock, Zsofia came bounding in from the yard, furs sparkling with snowflakes, paws wet to her calves. She leaped up to join us on the bed and thrust her VERY cold nose on my bare shoulder. "Hey! You're freezing! Stop" She stopped nosing me to sit across my hips so that her cold belly seeped into my blanket warmth. SHE was obviously enjoying this different form of white..
"Good thing you didn't plan on the long drive to pick up Storm," White Dog noted.
There was a traffic jam at the doggie door as she hopped down. Sachi, Bella and YoYoMa already clustered there. Bella had her head through the door to the outside but no one seemed particularly inclined to head out into the wet, snowy weather and cold feet.
Zso pushed her way past and over her shoulder on her way back out, asked, "Does this mean School is cancelled for me, too?" "No, Baby Girl," Steve answered her. "This weather is just your cup of tea."
In class we practiced "Stays." both in sit and down positions. And we worked a bit on not charging an open door. Our girl, who the trainer thinks is very bright, has figured out an invitation by Sara to do an activity (like walking through a door previously denied her) is a setup for a lesson. So we learned the mechanism for training and reinforcement and will practice this at home...since Miss Z would NOT rush over the threshold without invitation even when Steve stood on the other side talking to a tech.
All through the evening Zsofia has needed to be periodically called inside. She has been "snow basking," lying out in the snow staring upward or eating sticks as she is slowly covered in flakes. Not one of the others will join her despite her repeatedly woo'd invitations or the bribes of sticks she has brought in and laid in front of Sachi and Yo.
WD is not so secretly hoping that classes are cancelled for Steve tomorrow, but there is no word yet. We are pretty convinced that like the past two attempts, Sunday's drive to the Colorado border to pick up Storm will be a "no-go."
To me, it is beginning to feel too much like the Chicago winters we so long ago left behind.