Why Do Dogs Like Snow?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado CRE# 40005863

Rocky in the snowIt is another snowy day in Denver, Colorado with a balmy 21 degree temperature outside right now.  The snow flakes are flying like crazy across the frigid sky. Of course, that doesn't even begin to discourage my golden retriever Rocky from going outside to frolick in the snow.  He is only 10 months old and has become quite fascinated with the white fluffy stuff this year. 

I think the cold air and the fact that the snow is different than the norm just invigorates him and gears him up for play mode.  He runs figure eights in the backyard and slows down long enough to search for frozen hidden treasures.  He is so proud when he finds an old bone in the yard which has now turned into a Ben and Jerry's puppy treat.  I equate his excitement to that of a toddler going to MCDonald's fun land for the first couple of times.  He sees it as a new adventure and something really fun he can play in.  I know he gets bored on his bed in my office watching me type and needs to go out and blow off some steam whenever he gets the chance.  Since it is hard to take him for a walk right now, I am glad the snow can at  least amuse him for a bit.  I know that dogs can get frostbite on their feet, so Rocky is only allowed out in 5 minute intervals.  I think he would stay out there all day given the opportunity. 

Maybe we should be more like our pets and learn to appreciate the little things around us when they present themselves. 



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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Belinda, we have a short hair Vizsla and she loves the snow, when she does here crazy running in 8's we call it "crazy dog". She too loves the snow and never seems to get cold, she also loves to go on long hikes in it and eats snow when she get's thirsty...self taught on that one. They are so much fun!

Jan 09, 2011 08:46 AM #1
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Belinda ~ My dog, Kobi, loved our walk this morning.  He stayed out while I shoveled.  I know when I get home from the office, my driveway will require another shoveling and Kobi will want to be out with me.  He loves the snow, but hates the rain.

Jan 09, 2011 08:47 AM #2
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City

When you outgrew your snowsuit you probably changed your attitude about snow. Give Rocky another year.

Jan 09, 2011 08:49 AM #3
Dawn Crawley
Dawn Crawley Realty - Pinehurst, NC
Find Pinehurst Homes

My dogs love snow as well. I think it changes all the smells and that gets them excited!

Jan 09, 2011 08:49 AM #4
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Belinda, Rocky is so handsome and you can tell that he loves it outside in the snow.  Love the second picture with the snow on his nose.  Stay warm!

Jan 09, 2011 08:50 AM #5
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Thanks for all the comments.  Rocky is such a sweet boy.  I am always so thrilled to see him enjoying himself!!!! 

Jan 09, 2011 08:55 AM #6
Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

Great looking dog. I'm sure you're right on the money about him being curious about what it is that's falling and on the ground. I say great, it gives you a break from having to take him for a walk.

Jan 09, 2011 08:59 AM #7
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Belinda, on the opposite spectrum --- my two kitties are cuddled under the covers on the bed, all nice and warm!    Isn't it funny how they differ!    Most dogs do enjoy this type of weather!

Jan 09, 2011 09:03 AM #8
Christopher Taylor
Corpus Christi, TX

My dogs have had the chance to enjoy the snow only once on December 24, 2004. The day it snowed in Corpus Christi Texas. But they do all love the beach very much!

Jan 09, 2011 09:14 AM #9
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I don’t know about dogs and snow because we don’t have too much snow here in San Diego. However, I have always wondered why dogs like to ride in cars with their heads out the window. They always look so happy with their tongues drooping and ears flapping in the wind.

Jan 09, 2011 12:52 PM #10
Laura Reilly
Real Living Real Estate Professionals - Redding, CA
Home Sales Realtor - Short Sale Team Member - Redd

Our Border Collie loves the snow!! But she loves the beach also..Lucky Dog

Jan 09, 2011 01:35 PM #11
Will Hamm
Cornerstone Homes Realty - Aurora, CO
Colorado Realtor

Belinda, My Brandy, a female sheltie, is not like Rocky, she truns out on the deck and puts on the brakes when she see that white stuff.  She is to much of a lady to play in the snow.  Maybe Rocky and Brandy need a play date in the snow together.

Jan 09, 2011 04:20 PM #12
Denise Roberts
New Colony Properties, LLC - Pinehurst, NC
e-PRO, REALTOR - Specializing in Pinehurst, NC Area

Belinda - My two poodle pups enjoyed the 2 inches of snow we received this morning!  It's like the fluffy snow gives them an extra boost!!!  Beautiful dog you have!

Jan 10, 2011 01:00 AM #13
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Denise, your poodles look very cute. I've heard poodles are so smart!!!

Laura, I would love to find out if Rocky loves the beach ... I know I do.

Jim, It is funny how they hang their heads out of the car window.  Rocky does that.  He just loves it.

Joan, your kitties are very smart for staying warm.


Jan 10, 2011 02:35 AM #14
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Belinda, I remember from growing up in NJ my dog LOVED the snow! When I moved him to Florida, it took some adjusting to the beach from the white stuff, and I think he preferred the snow over the beach some days.

Jan 11, 2011 12:19 AM #15
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

That's funny Carol.  I would take the sand over the snow anyday!

Jan 11, 2011 02:19 AM #16
Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS
14257 FM 2920 #115 - Tomball, TX
RE/MAX Elite Properties

Hi Belinda, Rocky is absolutely beautiful!  I love to watch dogs do things like run figure eights and have a blast like it sounds like Rocky is doing in the snow!  So fun to watch.   Also, love your new photo!

Jan 13, 2011 03:00 PM #17
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Thanks Joyce.  Rocky has been digging in the snow this morning and is absolutely covered with mud now that the temperatures are reaching near 50.

Jan 14, 2011 05:59 AM #18
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

I'm taking my dogs up to the local mountains soon, they love to play in the snow. Cracks me up when they start digging!! 

Jan 28, 2011 09:59 AM #19
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