I teach at a small school in Oregon. I have taught 1st grade for 10 years and this year I am the reading specialist. New and interesting position. It is the end of February and we are all excited about spring break coming in about a month. The weather has been strange this year lots of flooding, in fact Oregon was in a state of emergency in January due to all the high flooding. We expect to have some snow in December and love the snow days, but it is almost March and snow days are usually a thing of the past. Well, low and behold not this year. The snow starts coming down, down, down, and just won’t stop. It snowed most of the night and into the morning. I got the call no school snow day. I was like a little kid jumping for joy, ready to go back to sleep for a bit, just to wake up and go play in the snow with my snow dog, Oakey. Oakey was just as excited to do the same, mom was staying home spending her day with me in the snow. We set out for a walk around town about 9:30am just as my son, Joshua was leaving for college. We did our usual walk saying hi to all the neighbors and kids enjoying the snow day. Oakey ran, and ran, and ran. He would take his nose push the snow with it and then throw the pushed snow into the air. He did this numerous times, and each time he did it I laughed harder. He looked so cute having so much fun in his natural elements. As the walk went on, the snow did not, since it was a gorgeous beautiful sun shiny day it started melting. Oakey became wet and muddy very fast. It sure did not stop him from having fun in the snow we had left. We walked to the park and someone had tried to make a snowman, unsuccessfully. It had fallen down and Oakey took this opportunity to bark and bite at the snowman, while trying to either run through or jump over the fallen pitiful snowman. Again, I laughed so hard just watching him play so carefree and innocent enjoying life as it is coming to him. Wishing I had the same personality he had and view on life as it rolls on by him.
Well about two hours later we were still walking, playing, enjoying the snow day, and each others company when all of a sudden we heard beep, beep, beep, coming up behind us. Scared the heebe jeebes out of me, it was Joshua who was on his way back from college. He told me that only three people made it to class, he was one of the three. They all got extra credit that day. Oakey and I hoped in the car with Joshua and home we went, just to get out of the car and head to the park for some Kodak moments. See I had tried to take pictures of Oakey and let’s just say they were not the best. By the time we got back to the park quite a bit of the snow was either melted or disturbed so we tried our hardest to find the best snow to take our pictures. Joshua helped a lot with that and I would like to post a few of the pictures we took on our wonderful snow day! Wish I had more snow days or even days just like this one.
If you live in Michigan here are two dog events that you might be interested in.
Beverly Hills Village Park
18351 Beverly Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI, US
9:30am to 12:30pm
The Tails & Trails Dog Walk fundraiser will benefit House of Critters and Paws-n-Claws Animal Rescues, two 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill organizations. The event will include a short walk followed by an adoption event, dog agility demonstration, prize raffle, pet competitions, and bake sale! For more information or to register, please visit www.tinyurl.com/TailsAndTrails2012. The Tails & Trails Dog Walk fundraiser is hosted by the Groves High School Amnesty/Animal Rights Club. For further information, contact Lucy Mailing at firstname.lastname@example.org A big thank you to our official event sponsors: Premier Pet Supply, Camp Bow Wow, My Hero Dog Training, Pro Plan Rally to Rescue, Canine Inn, Greenfield Animal Hospital, Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, and Longview Boarding & Grooming. Mark your calendars for Westie Dog Show!
8 am to 3 pm
The members of the West Highland White Terrier Club of Southeastern Michigan, an AKC Breed Club, will hold their 27th annual Breed Specialty at the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club in Whitmore Lake. The public is welcome to attend and can find details on the website (www.westieclubmi.com). Westies come from many states to attend and compete for Best of Breed. Mid-day the Club honors the Westies who were rescued during the previous year by holding a Rescue Parade, featuring Scottish piper and a representative from St. Andrews in full parade dress. Club Westies, known as Wee Marshalls, are dressed in their kilts and lead the rescued Westies in the parade. A good lunch is available, along with fundraising items and time to meet and talk to fellow Westie lovers as the day goes on. Until next time give your pets a hug they love you.