Monday, January 15, 2007

ice

This series of storms started out as just a little bit of freezing drizzle and then changed to sleet.  Not a big problem, since sleet doesn't build up on trees or make the roads slick.  It accumulated harmlessly in our yard, looking like snow, and we didn't worry.

Then we got off-and-on freezing drizzle again, which joined with the sleet on the ground to make a wonderful ice-skating rink, right in my own yard.

I haven't ventured further than just outside the door, where I can hang onto a door handle to keep from falling.

This presents two problems for Sadie, my dog:  First, she feels that the icy, hard surface is not the proper sort of place to potty.  It feels too much like a floor, perhaps.  Second, since I won't leave the door handle, Sadie can't get to her usual potty area.  I have to keep her on her retractable leash because she runs away, given the opportunity.

So when I'd take her out, she'd circle and sniff, semi-squat as if to pee, change her mind, circle again, and return to me, mission not accomplished.

I admire her for her bladder capacity.  Her last potty break was at 6 PM yesterday.  She finally was able to relieve herself this morning at 8.  Once she started, I thought she'd sprung a permanent leak, because she "went" for a long time.

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14 comments:

madcobug said...

Poor Sadie. I hope the horses are ok. Helen

loisontheweb said...

  I've been wondering how you were faring in this storm ... went to the STL news website to get info on the missing boys in MO ... quite the storm you have there.  Up here in Upper Michigan, we are just having the usual icy cold & dry snow.
    I remember an ice storm several years ago when the cats couldn't even walk up the wooden porch stairs.
    I have my dog's retractable leash on a big hook out on the deck; I snap the end just outside the door so that I don't have to put shoes on, esp. for middle-of-the-nite projects.

loisontheweb

magran42 said...

So glad she was "in control" or your house could be a mess.

magran42 said...

Also glad you don't let go the door handle.  That looks like dangerous ice!  We must protect our "old bones".

artloner said...

Poor Sadie...ice just ain't fair!

firestormkids04 said...

. . . and I thought it was cold here!  Dog's water is frozen for the 3rd day.  I really feel for both you and Sadie.  Stay safe, Donna.  Blessings, Penny http://journals.aol.com/firestormkids04/FromHeretoThere
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dbaumgartner said...

Holy cow!!!!!  Stay inside and stay safe!!!!!!

So glad Sadie finally let it go.  :-)  I'll be she feels better.

Deb

lanurseprn said...

Poor Sadie. She's such a good doggie!!  Do you put anything on that ice to give more traction? Or wear special boots? I'm so oblivious to living in that kind of weather.
Just don't fall and break a hip!  That's the downfall of many people when that happens.
Be careful!!!   Pam

mastersblynn said...

It is suppose to hit us later today.  At least people there kinda know how to drive in the ice ...here in Texas they don't major accidents galore.  Stay warm! xox Barbara

csandhollow said...

I keep rock salt on hand for when we get ice. Poor Sadie!

stetsonsswtheart said...

My friend's dogs hate to go out when it's just raining or something, I can imagine how poor Sadie feels :(  It's only 29 here and no ice YET, it will probably happen tonight because it's getting colder and it's raining still, the new puppies do NOT like it LOL  you should see them, they are so cute.  Hugz, Teresa

plieck30 said...

LOL about Sadie and her potty break. She is confused, huh? Paula

bnanajm said...

Oh my, poor Sadie.  Relief at last.

tendernoggle said...

Awwwwwwwwwww...poor Sadie!!! I hope it all hurries and thaws for you Mosie!!! Hope to goodness, you have heat and lights and water...
love ya,
carlene