OK, so that might be just a bit of a stretch, but the air feels softer and less biting...the sun is out longer and actually has some warmth to her. While we still have mounds of dirty black encrusted snow, much has melted, leaving edges of the lawns showing. No green grass yet, but you can at least see the grass. Much to my dog's delight. Have I ever mentioned that Gadget was a rescue dog? We drove to St. Louis to pick him up, so he is most likely a southern boy and when he first experienced a true Minnesotan winter, I'm sure he thought we lost our mind, expecting him to do the most private of things OUTSIDE, when it is -30, with a foot of snow around. So to make both of our lives easier and to accomplish the shortest amount of time outside in such unbearable weather, I've taken to shoveling the grass, yes you read that correctly. I shovel the grass, just so he has a "place" where he can do his business without having to actually walk in the snow. What I do for my dog.
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