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Tips for playing fetch in the snow

It finally stopped snowing here around 10 pm last night, so we got off the mountain today after plowing the driveway. The canyon was snow-packed and icy for sure, but not terrible. We got Ginny home safely, but we did NOT do any after-xmas shopping … other than to pick up some bags of wood stove pellets since another storm is coming tonight into tomorrow.

As the storms keep coming every day or two, the snow is really piling up. I thought it might help to offer this key snow fetch tips.

There is essentially one (and only one) kind of ball that Lilly likes. It’s filled with foam, includes a squeaker (until it breaks). I buy them at the grocery store (of all places). BUT, the problem is that it is fairly small, which means it gets lost in the snow easily.

So, in order to get the most bang from my I’m-freezing-my-butt-off buck, I’m happy to report that this special ball comes in a larger size. As long as there are only a few feet of snow, the bigger one fairs pretty  well in the snow.

(I’m sorry to say the phone fell into the internet abyss at some point, and I cannot find the original to upload again.)

So, if you find yourself needing to burn energy off your dog during a snow storm, I highly recommend going for a bigger fetch ball. Otherwise, the game turns into a really long, cold adventure in snow snorkeling.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Rox - December 28, 2007

Thanks for visiting, Sue. Yes … we’re 3 canyons south of you on the far side of the state park. The house is at about 8,000 feet. Today (Friday), it’s sunny, but very, very cold (especially with the wind chill).

You’re brave to do any joring-type things. I’d be terrified that they’d take off and yank me off my feet/bikes/skis. :o)

Sue - December 28, 2007

Hi Rox, Tom, and Lilly,
It sounds like you guys might live up our way-we live in Ned at the top of Mag with our 6 rescued doggies. It’s been so nice to stumble across your blog and read about the beautiful Miss Lilly. I love finding good doggie blogs to read, but especially when they focus on rescued dogs who have great people in their lives. Looking forward to reading about your adventures together! We do a lot of dog-joring activities (skijoring, canicross, bikejoring) though just for fun. After all, it’s all about having fun with our puppies, right? 🙂 have a lovely snowy night!
Sue and the Yahoos

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