I was delighted when this week’s blog topic was pets’ quirks. Our beloved Australian cattle dog, Lucy, is a walking quirk. After all, the spoiled dear thinks she is a four-legged human. And wouldn’t you if you were a dog and had your own queen-sized bed in your own room to sleep in any time you desire?
So many quirks to choose from, but Lucy and I agreed I would share her disdain for water and love of snow.Lucy is a stray we rescued literally from the middle of the road in southeast Arkansas where snow is a rarity. Unlike my brother’s labs, she has a horror of water. When it’s pouring, she will stand at the door and visibly convey, “You are kidding right? I will not go out there.” Heaven forbid, she have to relieve herself during the rain. She finds the nearest rock patch and ensures two of her dainty paws firmly stay on a concrete driveway. We pay groomers because I would get bruised and scratched whenever we tried to give her a bath.Snow is a completely different story and brings out pure, unadulterated joy in her. After she moved from my home state to our home in a ‘burb of Kansas City in 2004, we naturally experienced a long, hard winter that Laura Ingalls Wilder could recognize.
The first time we had snow Lucy was baffled and a bit terrified. My husband had to shovel snow to create a patch of grass for her. But her aversion evaporated as quickly as she learned to plow through it. Even though I’m a native Southerner who hates the cold, I always look forward to the first decent snowfall just to watch Lucy’s reaction, which is akin to a doggie Christmas day.I dare say she knows what I mean when I utter the magic words, “Lucy, let’s go play in the snow!” She rushes out and cavorts and dances in the flakes. She eats the snow and has learned to throw herself across a strip of ice where she slides like a penguin with a big, silly grin on her face.Even if a picture is worth a thousand words, I leave you with this image of Lucy whose least favorite tune has to be Eric Clapton’s Let it Rain and favorite song undoubtedly is Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!