Snow four dogs high

Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle’s got to walk.

No matter how high the snow gets in our Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood.

On this weekend morning, the extreme cold of this February being a bit less crushing, my dear wife Karen joined us on the two-block loop to nearby Norwood Park.

Ellie B has a nose for snow.

Ellie B has a nose for snow.

I asked her to take a shot of Ellie B and I with my iPhone 6 to get a good idea of how high the snow has been pushed to clear the parking lot.

Later Saturday afternoon, while we took in booth Winterfest and Martinfest in downtown Syracuse — posts to come about that here and on waer.org Monday morning — the AXA Tower thermometer read 16 degrees as the snow fell steadily. Big break in the weather, huh?

At least we made the dog happy in the morning.

How high are the banks where you live? How tall is the grass if it’s warm? How extreme has the weather been this season one way or the other?

82 thoughts on “Snow four dogs high

  1. I can’t believe Ellie B (or any dog, really) actually enjoys walking in that without shoes on! Of course we haven;t had snow here, but the nighttime temperatures have been near freezing, and I worry about the outdoor feral cat that we feed. We heat blankets in the dryer each evening and put them out with some catnip in between to give her a warm place to sleep, and she usually appreciates this, but lately, it’s been cold and rainy. 😦 While there’s no snow banks, the Oak leaves are dying and falling, and I’m not going to bother getting them up until it gets warm again. Those are a nightmare because they collect mold, and people drag them into the house. Plus roaches and bugs like to live in them. :/

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    • I think your cat will be OK with the blankets for cover, Rachel.

      Tip on the leaves from fallen leaves capital, northeast U.S. Put a mat outside the door for shoe-wiping, and take the shoes off right inside the door. That starts with fall here at the Little Bitty and lasts until spring.

      I hate roaches and bugs, too. Ugh.

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  2. Makes no sense that we still have a drought in California and you are counting dogs! Can’t we pack some of that snow in trucks and send it over to the West Coast? Or maybe a giant size blower would do the trick…

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  3. Mark, my brother, we’ve only had one snow in the history of my lifetime that yielded snow like that. 1977 or 78, there is some argument about which year we had the blizzard, but 15 feet of snow, and since we had German Shepherds, that would have been, oh, about 6 dogs high, unless you counted the drifts. Some of them would have been about 10 dogs high. Kentucky is the state that was shut down by the governor for over 2 weeks one year because we don’t have the equipment to move snow and ice, so the logical move, as far as he was concerned? Close the state down. Turn away all traffic at the border, and ticket anyone caught driving during the big shutdown. This last snow, 10 inches, is the next one as far as snow is concerned. Ice, on the other hand, is a whole nother story. I don’t mind driving in snow, but ice? Fergit it! I do think about all of you a lot, while complaining about the small (in comparison) amount we got here.

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      • Do you have flooding problems in your area? It’s been in the 40’s a few days here, but we only had 10 inches of snow, so not that much of a problem, but we are due one of our landmark floods soon. With the way the weather is all over the world this could be that time, and since we are built on quick sand, I have a feeling some of our new buildings will not be with us much longer. People knew they were building on a marsh in the flood plane when they put their business there though, so they knew what to expect, and were warned over and over again, in case they had forgotten why the land was going at fire sale prices (or flood sale prices).

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  4. Wow, that IS a lot of snow!

    Our dearly departed dog Tara used to love rolling around in the snow. We so rarely get a major snowfall where I live in the UK that it is often something of a novelty when we do get it. That and the whole country grinds to a halt, that is… πŸ™‚

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  5. We are threatened with freezing rain tonight, but Sunday I had on shorts and a tank top. We’ve had quite a few gorgeous days in the 70s this month. This is some crazy weather it seems this year, though where I live, it’s not all that uncommon. I try not to complain to much when it gets down in the 40s and 50s (or even lower, like tonight) when I am watching what is going on north of me – I just try to be grateful. I do not like the cold, and neither does my creakin’ bones πŸ˜‰ Stay warm, Mark!!

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  6. not as high as yours. Our winter has been especially cold as of late, but nothing compared to the deep freeze that was last winter. Hurrah to you for getting out with Ellie B. A good friend of mine has three pups–two at least as big as EB–and she takes them out around a local lake every single day no matter what she never misses a day. Amazing people, you dog lovers.

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    • I have not been as regular this winter with the walks as Ellie B would like, Liz, but there is at least one a week. Dogamous Pyle deserves it. Your friend with the pups … I bow to her spirit and energy. πŸ™‚

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  7. that’s a great way to measure, mark. here, we’ve had some extreme cold spells, but the snow has been uneventfully reasonable this winter. i look forward to the coming of spring and I’m sure ellie does too !

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  8. Nothing like a four-dog day of shoveling after a three dog night. Don’t they measure horses as so-many hands high? Central New York can measure snow in pooch increments. I’m ready for spring …

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  9. Great post and it made me smile to see you out and about with Ellie B. Four dogs high is an excellent post title, Mark! I felt the above zero temps yesterday made me feel hopeful for Spring again!

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  10. Ellie B stands as though she is protecting you. She fared better than ours today. We were up bright and early to drive them to the “low cost” $50 vaccination at the grocery store this morning, which means we missed first service and will have to leave for second service in a minute. Cold and overcast and just escaping the drizzle, we stood in the parking lot with shivering dogs, waiting to get needles jammed in them. The inefficiency was astounding, but they did email us receipts by the time we got home. If all of us could do that for our dogs, surely parents could get their kids measles vaccines in warm buildings?

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    • Good for you, Kerbey, keeping your pooches up with their shots. We do that at the vet with Ellie B, too. It’s a must. Yes on the children’s vaccines on principal, too.

      I think Ellie B is standing as such because of the critter action in the park just off to the side of where we are standing. Lots of small winter nature even in the heart of the city. πŸ™‚

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    • I’m not a big fan of fog around here, Dora, in the hills and small mountains. It makes it hard to see the roads driving, and burns off less quickly than out there on the left coast. Have a great Sunday!

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  11. It snowed again all day yesterday, but we don’t even have 1 Italian Greyhound let alone 4 Ellie B’s! I see dripping on the telephone pole from my window, this morning. Could this mean it’s more than 32 degrees?!

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  12. Four dogs high. Made me laugh. πŸ™‚ We got in to the balmy 30’s yesterday. But it dropped last night. Then there was a bright flash in the middle of the night. Then another. Then there was NO electric. We decided there was nothing to do until daylight. The food wasn’t going to go rotten as the temps in the house fell so we burrowed in. I kept an ear peeled to our neighbor to make sure he didn’t get up in the middle of the night to start his generator because he’s been sick and we would have gone to help him. He didn’t. The snow is now about 6 inches, 8 in some places. Much higher where it’s stacked. But it’s nothing compared to our northern and eastern neighbors. And lo and behold the power came back on with the morning sun! πŸ˜‰ Good sunny morning MBM!!!! And Ellie and MBM’s DWKaren!

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  13. Geesh Mark, I’m trying to be sensitive and then you ask how high are the snow banks in my neighbourhood in Calgary Alberta??

    Although we finally got snow yesterday, and the temperatures have dipped below zero, there are no banks of snow. If it is any consolation though, we did have tree-breaking snow on Sept 8/14 after a sunny summer day and March typically yields our heaviest snow month. πŸ™‚

    Diana xo

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  14. Wow! Tall snow. Tall skies out this way. Socked into a fog bank this morning but I think it will burn off by noon. My hat’s off to your photographer. Dear Karen got a great shot of you two adorable snow people.

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    • Big sky, sis. Must be nice. I see a little blue in our sky right this second. Yay! I am going to a golf expo with KP and and Tater at 1 p.m. Double yay. It’s indoor exhibits, but we’ll be thinking about short green grass to come. πŸ™‚

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  15. WOW! You and the dog blend in so well I almost didn’t see you both! LOL…LOL. Keep those toes & paws warm! πŸ™‚
    Catherine πŸ™‚

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  16. I’m getting a big break in the weather, Mark, but that’s because I’ve escaped temporarily into California. For now, I honestly don’t want to think about the record number of dogs, cats, or humans high the snow is in Boston. But it sure made me several feet higher to see this great photo and post starring you and Ellie B aka Dogamous P. Many thanks for braving the cold to bring me a smile.

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  17. We don’t have quite as much snow (less than average I would say) – maybe 2 or 3 dogs high, but it has been a very very cold February. It has warmed up a bit today but it has been between -18 and -30 for two weeks..(Celcius or 0 to -20 F)

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