Have at it.
BTW- Smells seem far more important to Lily in the snow than when there is no snow. Are the scents highlighted like a bright color on a clean canvas when there is snow?
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The traffic cop segment is killing me.
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I was appalled that I could not find one restaurant to deliver food to me during this hellish storm…savages. A man’s gotta eat…
I want to produce a graphic novel about Joe Lieberman, called ‘Schmuck.’
Yes, the smells are much better in the snow. Mmmmm. What do think we are here, a bunch of mutts?
Moisture seems to enhance scents. It is hard for people, because their scent detection is pretty bad, compared to other mammals.
But dogs, which are scent machines, living a life unimaginable to people definitely respond to moisture in the scenting environment.
What I have never gotten is why they, like my beloved Gracie dead last March, so much enjoy jamming their snouts into fresh snow, flipping it.
I thought it was just the opposite. I mean Betsy seems to be struggling to get the scent when she has her nose buried in the snow, breathing in deeply and intensely.
@jayackroyd: Because they can?
Our dog Wendy (a shelter rescue, btw) loves the snow. My favorite antic of hers is when she “snowplows” with her nose. Maybe the snow traps extra smells or something, but she jams her snout into the snow and runs around and around. When she pops her head up, voila! Snowhound!
My first dog, Petunia (don’t ask!), nicknamed Peetee (don’t ask, I said!) loved to dive into snow. She would get all excited when she woke up and saw a pristine snow-covered yard. The more the better. She would be out the door like a shot, swandiving into it then coming up for air, then in again. Then she would go back into the house, shivering, and demand to be rubbed down and petted.
When we moved to Florida I swear she would look at the sky on cold days and whine. She wanted the white stuff.
Maybe it’s just different and trippy, sort of like wearing 3D glasses. Or could it be harder to smell stuff when it’s really cold, so they have to take extra time and care to “read” things?
snow is like a loose aerogel .. it traps smells into physical space. think of it as a big thick smell hologram covering everything. all those smells that usually drift on the wind are now trapped in the matrix =)
1yr old hound/lab + 2 ft of snow + mouse nest =
as he walks by .. they make a noise, he freezes and stares intently at the snowbank waiting for another sound to triangulate on ..
he hears it and dives half a body length into the snow takes a few big shnuffles dives the rest of the way in and comes up with a mouse bloody all over his jaw .. tosses it in the air, snaps it down in one gulp.
then looks at me with a big grin on his face and that big tongue come out and mops his whole shnozz off in 2 big licks.
yea, dogs love exploring under snow =P
Some weather dude on TV just said that a “white Christmas” is “officially defined” as 1″ of snow on the ground on Christmas morning. WTF?! There’s an official definition? Next you’ll tell me there’s an official definition for “raining cats and dogs.”
BTW, we will have a white Christmas here in D.C.–the first in 20 years. LOL.
How graphic? Cause if it involves putting “Joe Lieberman” and “sex” in the same sentence …
Now there’s a thought I can’t even finish.
My dog doesn’t seem to care much for this stuff. He’s back in bed snuggled under the blanket. He went out, did his business and then came right back in.
There is. Oddly though, it involves frogs.
here is a hilarious vid of a dog playing in way too much snow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sUL0KCIc48
Since we’re talking critters: Scientists have found a form of life more intelligent than Republicans.
When there is 2 feet of new snow on the ground, our dogs can spend a lot of time hunting mice who have tunnels down below. The dogs will push their entire heads into the snow for awhile seeming to be sniffing/listening for mice, come up blowing snow out of their noses & then start digging. They can do this for an hour or longer & sometimes, with the tag team effort, they are successful catching a mouse or mole.
Happy, happy snow days for dogs.
@Guster: Does it have lots of tentacles?
Good lord! What kind of graphic novels do you people _read_?!
It’d be a biography. ‘SHMUCK: The Life and Times of Joe Lieberman.’ A chronicle of sanctimony and pettiness. No tentacle involved.
Well, probably. Now you’ve got me thinking.
being snowed in in nyc requires one to get up early enough to be snowed in as by now all side walks are clean, the street is plowed and most people who have cars are already cleaning them. but the 7 am wake up with the nice quiet blanket of snow was fun.
Here is a great post by Fallows on the filibuster and how little political reporters actually talk about how uncommon its present use is. As usual, he is thoughtful and analytical. Worth a read.
Okay. Who posted this rugelach recipe? Because I love you. It’s terrific. I used raspberry jam and dried cranberries for variation. They are nearly as good as the ones you can get here (in-store only, I’m afraid).
@Guster: Uh-huh. Lots of tentacles, and maybe a side order of corrosive mucus.
That was a wonderful thing to behold. Thanks for letting us see it. Great dog!!!
@PeakVT: Smarter than a Republican? A slug? Earthworm? Stump?
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Being that there seems to be a new movement afoot. This time from the left on getting rid of the filibuster, or cloture rule/
A new term is needed.
Thank you for the snow mole. Cute!
My late doggy was a hell of a snowdog, but since she was half Siberian Husky, that is understandable.
@Steeplejack: Mayhap according to their “official definition,” but it has snowed on Christmas day within the last ten years. ’03 or ’04, I think, but there was no accumulation.
just to clarify, not my dog ..
This is the youngster I was talking about:
What did you say?
Outside? Of course!! Lets Go!!
@cliff: I just love that video. The pure joy of playfulness :)
@General Winfield Stuck:
Well, gee thanks, General, but I may shop around a bit more.
@General Winfield Stuck:
for the record I am not for the elimination of it, and neither is Fallows. He argues political reporters and others do not understand how the use of it has changed and I think a better understanding of it is needed. That is all.
not a birther. ;-)
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I should have clarified. Or getting rid of it by the nuke option. I do support changing it by the rules, because it has problems being used as a tool to block every piece of legislation.
@donovong: Republicans set the bar rather low, don’t they? (Click on the link – it’s quite fascinating IMHO.)
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@cliff: that is one beautiful dog. Thanks for sharing.
I’m loving a morning thread about snow dogs. Not one of the Great Danes I had over 17 years liked snow. During blizzards we had to dig out a path for them to walk or they wouldn’t do their business. All indignant that they should have to walk, chest deep in snow: “We’re Danes, not Labs!”
I’m drooling over the Miles Davis CD collection on Sunday Morning.
My John’s Henry and Otis have diametrically opposed views on snow. Henry, the Lab, hates it. He likes water but not frozen water. It might be his age and arthritisin the hips, but he balks at going outside in the snow. Otis, OTOH, is absolutely giddy about the snow and as a golden retriever has a longer coat to keep warm (plus he’s only 4yo). He’s all over it, rolling in it, jumping through it, borrowing into it. It’s hilarious. As for myself, I still hate this Senate HCR bill (but resigned to eating the shit) but am overjoyed at the inclusion of the Boehner Tax in it. I hope that part stays through conference. Regardless, unless they do better with cap and trade and financial regulation, I’ve retired from activism. I cannot continue to put my time, energy, and cash on the line for a party that betrays me every single time. I’ll still vote because I’m a good citizen, but that is all I’ll be doing. It’s quite freeing, I must say.
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LOL. First time watching Meet the Press in a very long time. And If you thought our politics have gotten pretty weird of late, watching David Gregory talking up the cause of the liberal left on HCR, is downright surreal.
And hearing David Axelrod reminded me of why I are an Obot independent Druid.
Love the snow dog clip. As a skier I would love to be playing in that much fresh powder – where was it taken? Such a refreshing change from the current youtube war carnage at Sadly, No.
And now I have a “By-Tor and the Snow Dog” earworm.
Oh, and this Vikings fan says Go Steelers!
That Sting segment on CBS Sunday Morning was excellent. I probably haven’t bought a Sting album since the late 80’s, but this one is on my list.
Love how MTP picked Tavis Smiley and Markos to represent “the left” on today’s panel! Two guys who hate this health care bill. Awesome. Could they seriously not find one person for the panel to advocate for it?
I’ll have you know that when my face is buried in the snow, I am simply enjoying the refreshing cool.
ETA: I am thrilled with all the snow that piled up here in the night. Yay! This is what late December is supposed to look like.
@General Winfield Stuck: I thought it was interesting that Dean walked back his “kill the bill” hysterics.
@JenJen – Smily’s been trying to increase his profile by being anti-Obama since the beginning. He’s playing the role of the token and doesn’t care, as long as his books sell.
Yutsano posted one here a couple of days ago, but I haven’t tried it yet. Is that the one you’re thinking of?
@General Winfield Stuck:
Missed the show but totally sympathize. me an O-bot too.
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Yes, I knew he would. Dr. Dean is kind of like me in that he shoots his mouth off sometimes before he thinks. I loves me some Dean, and disagreeing with him about this or that does not change that. The dude has his heart in the right place, and always has.
@General Winfield Stuck: And that is why there will never be President Howard Dean.
Which is probably a good thing.
EDIT – Seksi Senator Brown on Face the Nation. Glee!
My dog can smell the snow from inside. He whines and when he goes out he tears around in circles, stops, then starts running as fast as he can. Yeah, he’s a snow dog.
@Max: Do you suppose the Kossacks will chill out a bit now?
just caught a bit of Scheiffer’s show with Lamar Alexander, Landrieu, and Sherrod Brown. Loved hearing Alexander bitch about the dems efforts to rush the legislation through and “vote on it at midnight” because “no one has had time to read the bill”…and then turn around and cite the particulars of the bill that he hates. lol. Of course no one said, “so it looks like you have read the bill, bitch.”
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Jeebus, I just learned the HC bill cloture vote will be at 1:00 am est in the wee hours of the morn. I bet Malkin is working up a royal case of corruptocrat butthurt over that. At least I hope so.
@Max: Spot on about Tavis.
@General Winfield Stuck: No kidding. Malkin thinks working on Saturday = Evil dumbocrats trying to hide and make secret deals! This latest news is going to put her over the edge for sure. Awesome!
@geg6: I understand and commiserate deeply with your legitimate frustration. Compromise is a bitter, bitter pill. Supporting the lesser evil is, in fact, still supporting evil (even tho’ you hopefully wind up with less net evil; but it’s still extraordinarily distasteful to do on a personal level). I still think that it’s better to have King Log than King Stork; but it sure would be better to have no Kings at all. Getting involved in national politics is a sure-fire way to destroy any idealism one might have; the Federal government is where hope goes to die.
But! I hope that this malaise passes, and that you will continue some sort of activism. We need everyone! There are always local elections to get involved in (I helped out with a local council race recently; we won!). And there are many, many excellent political activist groups that one can get involved with, both nationally and locally; the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, for instance, always need people to make phone calls, or write letters, or volunteer.
Distancing oneself from national politics is one thing (and, overall, right now, may be better for one’s mental and emotional health); however, there is still a tremendous amount one can do without having to wash your brain in the fetid waters of political compromise. The Democratic Party may sell out on your ideals, but I bet you can find a group that won’t. And those groups can make a difference (I’m doing some volunteer work for a youth-outreach program now; hard, hard work, but very worthwhile indeed).
@cliff: That video is neat, and your dog is gooooorgeous. Thanks.
@PeakVT: That was amazing! Yes, definitely smarter than Republicans.
@Bad Horse’s Filly:
I’ve known Dane people who argued that their dogs are really sighthounds (as opposed to scenthounds, like beagles & bloodhounds). Their distaste for the cold stuff definitely seems to trace to their greyhound ancestors, not their mastiff roots.
Papillons tend to be as fanatically happy about snow as they are horrified by rain. But among our current three, only Zevon — despite his bad knees — does the classic Snowdog Dash / Dance. Sydney and Gloria both minced down the back stoop this morning, emptied the tanks, and dashed back to shelter while Zeev raced figure-eights around the 6-8″ inches of virginal fluffly powder in the back yard, barking at them to come play. Sissies. Of course eight inches of snow is a lot more impressive for dogs who stand 14-16″ at the shoulder, so when we get a period of prolonged snowpack (which hasn’t happened much in the last few years, north of Boston) the human servants have been known to dig out a ‘lavatory trail’ as an encouragement to heathful outdoor exercise.
@R-Jud: The link didn’t work, but if it goes to the Ina Garten recipe yep guilty. In fact have some dough sitting in the fridge waiting to get cooked up as we speak. Funny part is in the show where she makes them she mentions the raspberry jam variation, although I think I’m gonna go the traditional route for mine, at least for the first batch.
Bailey always reminded me more of Bugs Bunny in travel mode. At one point he pokes his head out and if you could read his lips I swear he is saying, “I should have made that left turn at Ablequerque.”