Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blizzard of 2009

We're pretty sure this is Zorro's happiest day ever, or at least in recent memory. We woke up to six inches of snow and it continued to fall all day; forecast calls for blizzard conditions and total accumulation of up to 20 inches. Zorro couldn't get enough of it, even though some of the drifts were up to his waist and the snow covered his face and eyes. We've taken him on three walks already and chased him around the yard a bunch of times and if it were up to him we'd still be out there.

D.C. blizzard 2009

The Beaver moon

There's never a dull moment when Zorro notices the mid-day moon on the rise. No peace till he barks the lunar orb into submission and it thankfully disappears from the sky.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

O Christmas tree

Early morning wake up Saturday from Zorro, who spotted a crescent moon through the glass doors to our deck in WV. Closing the curtains didn't calm him much, because he knew it was out there. So I finally got up once it was light enough to see and took him for a walk.
One of his many oddities is that he doesn't bark at the moon when he's outside; only when he sees it through the window of the house or car. Instead, he wants to run very fast, as if he's some kind of superhero who derives his superpowers from the moon. So we can always count on a vigorous run when the moon is up in the morning.
Took him to Shriver's to cut down our Christmas tree, an annual ritual for us. Shriver's is located on top of a mountain and is such a lovely piece of property that we worry every year that it will be sold to developers. Zorro enjoyed sniffing the firs and didn't even bark at the owner's black lab.
Rainy and dreary today so no moon worries tonight.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

First snow

Our first snow of the season and the first since we adopted Zorro. We got about three inches in Berkeley Springs. What made it special was that it was a wet, heavy snow that coated the tree branches and transformed our yard into a giant doily.
Not surprisingly, Zorro loved it. He wanted to eat the snow, romp in the snow, bury his nose into the snow. The only problem occurred last night, when the sky cleared and the moon came up. The reflection from the snow made the moon brighter than usual, with predictable results. Even with the curtains closed, Zorro could see the moonlight, prompting an explosion of barking. He finally calmed down and went to sleep around midnight.
We took advantage of the wintry background to take photos of Zorro for our Christmas card. He was not thrilled to wear a Santa hat and we had a hard time getting him to stay still and look into the camera. There were too many other things in the snow that he wanted to see.