Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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Just a few photos from yesterday, while the dogs were out for their afternoon run. They don’t mind the cold at all. Really. I worry and fret about the dogs in the extreme cold. I add so much straw to their kennels and boxes, which are inside the barn, that it takes me about 2 months in the spring to haul it all out. It’s a lot of work. But, I can’t stand the thought of them standing or sleeping on a hard, cold surface. So, I use tons and tons of straw… Twice daily I remove any soiled straw and add new. I stuff straw in their boxes… and they kick it out. lol.

Anyway, they don’t mind the cold… I prefer the cold over hot weather for sure, but need 2 pair of long johns lately! I think I heard that next week is going to be even colder… wow, colder than -15 – -20 at night? Okay, maybe I will hightail it to PA or something. 😉

Cowboy with an icy beard.
Father and son, Steele and Cowboy, watching the pigeons on the barn roof.

A friend from Montana sent this poem. His was called Montana, but it suits here, too. So, I swapped the state and here it is:

Winter in the UP, Michigan

It’s winter in UP, Michigan
and the gentle breezes blow
seventy miles an hour
and 35 below.

Oh how I love the UP, Michigan
when the snow is up to your butt
You take a breath of winter air
and your nose gets frozen shut.

Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I’ll hang around.
I could never leave the UP now
cause I’m frozen to the ground.


Hmmm… Florida does kinda sound nice, eh?

 Oh I don’t know if I could handle 70s, sunshine, and alligators everyday though.

Santana out for some exercise.
Jess buddy


 The 8-week old pups, on the other hand, cannot take being out in the frigid temps for very long. They want to be out and they go out and play as long as they can stand it, but come running back in after a few minutes. We have booked Nika’s flight for Saturday, when it is to reach a balmy 22°F here .

Quin (available)
Nika (new name will be Dixie)
Orion, chestnut/white male Llewellin Setter Puppy
Orion (available)
Male chestnut/white Llewellin Setter puppy, Orion
Orion (available)
Ion, tri-chestnut male Llewellin Setter Puppy
Ion (available)
Ion, tri-chestnut male Llewellin Setter Puppy
Ion (available)
Quin, Orange Belton Llewellin Setter puppy
Quin (available)

I am working on a year in review post as well as the litter page for Maddie x Doc’s litter that turn 2-weeks old today! I am still trying to figure out a theme and names for the 6 boys and 2 girls… but, am working on it.

Their eyes are open now, Maddie is an awesome mum, and all are doing great. Here are a few pictures for you:

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I have loads of video, but of course my editing software won’t run on this machine and I need to buy a new package… grrr… anyway, that’s all coming as soon as I get the time…

Okay, out for the afternoon kennel chores and exercise.

Talk to you a little later tonight.