Growing up in Minnesota, I was used to snow staying on the ground all winter. The first snow was always exciting – we could go sledding, make snowmen, have snowball fights, or just play in the fluffy white stuff. A snow day off from school was always high on the wish list too.
I guess it should be no surprise that some dogs get as excited about snow as some kids do! Dogs with heavy coats certainly love winter – they will lie outdoors all day long. Others, like Romeo and Jahzara, have very thin coats so they don't like to hang out in the snow for too long, but they most certainly enjoy snow in moderation!
Some dogs love to race and play. Some dogs just seem to go nuts with the “zoomies” in the snow. I'm not quite sure what the attraction is, but it's definitely there. On our walk this morning (November 2010), Jahzara got the “zoomies” bug and raced as fast as she could around our meadow for a couple of laps just for the fun of it. Romeo would have loved to join her, but he was on a leash and not allowed to join in the fun. (That's one of the downsides to not being reliably trained for off-leash walks yet!)
Some love to eat the snow. Our Smooth Collie, Joxer, loved to eat snow. He would scoop it up and eat it all along our winter walks. I never cared for snow cones when I was a kid, but I imagine for some dogs, eating snow is a lot like kids eating snow cones.
One of my favorite parts is getting to see Romeo's nose in action. He's always following bunny or deer tracks, but without snow on the ground, I can't see the track he's following. However, when the snow is on the ground, and I can see the bunny tracks, it's fun to see his nose hit every print and follow it as far as I'll let him.
I'll be perfectly happy when the snow melts, but for a short while, it's fun to watch the joy it brings to the dogs.
Does your dog love the snow? If so, what is his/her favorite thing to do in the snow?