Rain Delay

A series of storms over the next several days should deliver 7 to 10 inches of rain to the Sierra Nevada Foothills.  Great for combating the last several years of drought but not so great for one “little” 70 pound puppy named Kloe.

If Kali and Kloe were human children Kali would be the child who was content to stay indoors and read on her bed all day.  Kloe would be the hyper-active kid who had to be outside riding bikes, playing sports, or climbing trees.  The extra wet weather has made outdoors off limits except for taking care of “business” a few times a day.   This has been just fine for Kali.  For Kloe, not so much.

First thing in the morning after breakfast Kloe looks at the door and then looks back at me as if to say, “Go ahead.  Open it – I don’t mind the rain.  In fact I love the rain because it makes the dirt turn into mud and you know how much I love the mud!”  She eventually gives up and just lies in front of the windows facing the back yard and sulks.  Today, to add insult to injury, I spent much of the morning shoring up drains and doing various chores outside in the rain.  I see Kloe through window looking me and I’m sure she is thinking, “What’s up with that?  Dad gets to play in the rain and mud and I don’t?  Not fair!”

This afternoon Holly and I drove into town to run a few errands and spent about 50 dollars on new dog toys.  Yes they are spoiled but this is another form of “rainy day recess” to keep Kloe occupied and so that she can chew off a little energy.  Kali is content to read sleep but Kloe does a pretty good job of getting Kali to engage in tug-o-war and wrestling when new toys are brought out.  This is good for Kali otherwise she’d read the entire collection of Harry Potter in a day or two before coming up for air.

As the afternoon turns to evening Kali sleeps out of harms Kloe’s way and Kloe for the moment is content being inside.  But this rain delay may be more than Kloe can tolerate and at some point I suspect we will let her out to belly flop in the rain and mud.

Thank goodness we have an outdoor tub.

The Outdoor Tub (earlier this year)

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Golden Retriever, Kloe

2 Comments

Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous of your outdoor tub! What a convenience, especially when there are two pups that need bathing. I know the moisture is necessary, but hope Kloe gets her wish to romp outside soon. With the high winds today, the majority of our snow is quickly melting and so there are puddles and ponds galore. Sam will walk about them but Elsa plows right through so the inside of the house is full of muddy paw marks and mopping has to be done several times a day. *sigh* Life isn’t pawfect for us uprights either, sweet Kloe. 😇

I’m glad your area is getting some much-needed rain, but it would probably be better if it didn’t come all at once! Still, I think your idea of stocking up on dog toys to help Kloe get through it is a good one. I am always amazed at how the shelter dogs never seem to mind going for a walk on rainy days, even if it’s cold and rainy out. I would say maybe one out of every ten dogs steps out into the rain, looks at me as if I were nuts to suggest a walk in it, and steps right back inside. The other nine go happily galivanting through the puddles, splashing as much as they possibly can!

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