The northeastern U.S.A. is bracing itself for a big snowstorm. It’s already snowing as of this morning here in New York, and the meteorologist humans predict we will have from 1-2 feet of snow. This is a good time to remind you that I am only 13 inches tall. Although I have a rather large vocabulary for a dog, I simply do not have words to express my trepidation about what may greet me when I step outside tomorrow morning.
My walks will likely be unusually short over the next few days. I will have to wear either Musher’s Secret, a kind of waxy balm, or else rubber booties to protect my paws from the heavy salt that’s already covering sidewalks. And that might not be enough. On my morning constitutional, I wore my booties and my coat, and I regret to admit that I still had to be carried for a few blocks. I just could not go on.
So, what will I do indoors all day?
- Chase a ball in the hallway. My favorite toy for this game is this little rubber fellow (the small size), because he bounces unpredictably and he is the right size for my dainty jaws.
- Once again, the Tennis Ball Game for mental stimulation.
- Perhaps the Lady and I will work on learning a new trick. I can jump through a person’s arms, but I am afraid I have not really accomplished much since learning that one. The last trick the Lady attempted to teach me was how to bring her a tissue, which seemed useful for cold and flu season. However, I did not understand the point of the exercise, and she decided there was something disgusting about blowing one’s nose in a tissue that had been in a dog’s mouth. I cannot imagine why. My mouth is probably cleaner than her nose.
- This article in Puppy Leaks offers 33 ways to entertain a dog indoors. We may try some of these—except for the “101 Things to Do with a Box,” because cardboard boxes are terrifying, dangerous objects. I steer well clear of them. You know who likes cardboard boxes? Cats. I rest my case.
Of course, I’ll spend several hours sleeping. Sadly, most humans cannot sleep as much as we dogs do. So, I asked my People what they planned to do to entertain themselves during the snowstorm. In addition to watching the Australian Open, which we’ll all do, this is what they said:
The Lady said she would:
- Make a pot of soup, perhaps this carrot-ginger soup, which is easy and tasty and will use up the carrots in the fridge. I approve of this decision, because there is a good chance I can help her by eating some of the carrot pieces that fall on the floor.
- While she is making the soup, she will listen to this old Bowery Boys podcast episode about the Blizzard of 1888. Even if you do not listen to the podcast, it’s worth looking at the photos on the blog post. One victim of this disaster was Henry Bergh, founder of the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
- She has been saving the third book of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels for a day like this. It is called Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay. I checked, and although it looks like a long story, this book is a small enough that she will still be able to scratch behind my ears while I sit on her lap. So I approve of this even though it does not involve eating.
The Guy said he might:
- Catch up on The Black Mirror on Netflix. This is apparently some kind of science fiction episodic television series. I am not so sure about this idea, because I don’t know if I can fit on his lap while he is doing this.
- Catch up on sleep. Now, this I can help with. Sleeping is one of my greatest skills. Perhaps if he tries hard enough, he can learn to sleep 15 hours a day, as I do.
Northeastern friends, what will you be doing to stave off cabin fever during this snowstorm?