Saturday, December 14, 2013

Snow Glory

It's cold out, and Last Friday's snow still lingers on the ground.  I gather Barley's boots from the hearth and he comes to me, wagging his tail slowly and lifting his front paw.  When his boots are cinched, I suit up: boots, coat, scarf, hat, and two layers of gloves.  Then we're off, boots crunching through the snow as we head down to the hollow.

We follow an old path through the woods, marked heavily by deer tracks as well as our own footprints.  Where deer prints diverge from ours, Barley investigates, nose to the ground.



























The trail opens into the hollow and we pause, listening to the silence.  It seems to permeate everything until it's broken by a song bird and then by distant crows.  When we continue, a dry creek bed leads us through a broad valley, covered with dried remnants of last summer's wildflowers and on to the edge of the lake.



Barley wades in, boots and all, undeterred by a strip of ice that intersects the cove, 
eases into the frigid lake and treads water, pivoting slowly and taking in the whole scene.














































Then he's out.  He shakes, the motion starting at the tip of his tail and working forward to his nose. Suddenly, he's a race horse, running in a wide circle over the loamy soil and through the dried flowers. He was born for this.

Barley's a little like the birds of the air; he doesn't worry about what he's going to eat (Beneful Dog Chow) or wear (blue boots) or what's going to happen tomorrow.  We'd do well to have that kind of trust.




























Do not worry about your life, 
what you will eat or drink;
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Look at the birds of the air; 
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. 

Jesus/Matthew 6:25, 26



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27 comments:

Unknown said...

fabulous post I lost my golden a few weeks ago and miss her so so much I'd give anything to have her back

Brian King said...

LOL! Obviously, the cold water didn't bother him, either!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Gorgeous shots ~ your 'fur person' is beautiful! ~ thanks, carol, xxx

*Manja* said...

Tolle Fotos!!
Ist es nicht zu kalt, zum baden gehen?? ;o))
Liebe Grüße,*Manja*

Sandra said...

Wonderful shots, Connie. Barley is such a loveable character!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Just perfect...love it...oh the great zip they have in those great souls!

eileeninmd said...

Your Barley looks like he is having the time of his life. Wonderful photos. Happy weekend to you!

Lisa Gordon said...

He is so beautiful, Connie, and those boots are just precious!

Have a wonderful weekend.

bailey-road.com said...

What a great dog!

Mersad said...

Barley is amazing! Such cute and fun images of him. But I also like that first one of the setting. Really great snow images.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Mei Ann Guerrero said...

Wow! Amazing shots! And your dog is a real beauty ....

Terri Buster said...

Oh my- I got a chill when he got out of the water..that fur must really keep him warm! Great shots!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Great action shots...thanks for sharing! Have a wonder filled week♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/night-pixels/

bettyl-NZ said...

What a great furry friend! I never heard of a dog that actually liked to wear boots! He's gorgeous.

lessandragr said...

What a life! Barley looks like he's having the time of his!

ladyfi said...

A true golden enjoying the moment! Wonderful shots.

Stewart M said...

We have friends who have just moved to Canada - and they were talking about the little dog boots Barley has - only ever heard of them for sledge dogs.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Marco Luyken said...

Hello Connie,
Funny shots!!
Wonderful this sweet dog in the snow. Nice with his socks!!

Best regards,
Marco

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Connie.. Thanks for your comment.. What a lovely dog.. Is so happy.. ha!!!..

S Keller said...

So, Barney...
do you really need those boots? :)

edenhills said...

Beautiful series of photos! It does look a bit chilly for a swim though.

Madge Bloom said...

LOVE your wintry walk... Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #113!

Kerri Farley said...

A Beautiful post!

Wandering Wren said...

Dog Boots - that would be the talk of our park. In fact so would snow down this way, come to think of it!
Beautiful dog and wonderful photos.
Wren x

Jennifer Richardson said...

Thanks, Barley, for the reminder:)
And a huge thanks to you for sharing this snow-kissed glory.
For all the ways your words and images and heart
have made my year lighter and brighter, I'm ever so grateful.
Love, joy and grace to you,
Jennifer

S. Etole said...

Barley looks full of boundless energy. Such wonderful images.

Ginney Camden said...

Beautiful, beautiful post and lovely pictures!! I can hear the snow crunch under your feet as you both head out on your walk. How in the world do you get those boots on him? My Polly and Oscar would have a fit if I tried such a thing. And where did you get them? It's amazing how dogs don't seem to notice the icy water when they plunge happily in. He doesn't have to worry. He knows he will be loved and cared for, as do you.