This is Ashley (OBG '11)! My family sometimes calls me the "Girl for All Seasons" because I'm the one who loves to be outside in almost any kind of weather. In the fall I gather up all the fallen leaves and twigs I can in the fur on my legs and belly. This is really quite easy for me, I'm sort of like a leaf vacuum. I think this is quite attractive but my humans sometimes seem a bit annoyed as I go through the house spreading them about…my goodness, I just want to share the beauty! They especially don't seem to like them in their bed, but I find them rather comforting - bring the outdoors in, I say!
Some dogs don't like the cold…but it doesn't bother me because I have a great fur coat that really fills in through the winter to keep me toasty. Snowflakes are pretty, too, when they land on my fur. Last year I made snow angels, well, I guess snow dog-angels, but this year we haven't had enough snow yet. Since snow's a bit cold on my feet, I have to keep moving, running here and there and along my fence. There is one thing that puzzles me about winter though when there is snow on the ground. I see the kids in the street walking their 'pets' on a leash. But these 'pets' don't look like any dogs I've ever seen, they are often bright colors like red or blue, round or oval plastic but obviously important to the kids. If I ever see one really close up, like when I'm on a walk with my dad, I'll tell you more about what breed they are.
Rain is nice, too, especially a nice warm spring rain - how refreshing! I get thoroughly soaked and this is the best part - when I go back in the house they always catch me with a big towel and give me a wonderful rub down! Of course, what goes with rain? Mud - another of my favorites! Sometimes I look like a different dog with big dark brown paws and brown belly. Then when I come in I'm rushed to the bathtub to get all the mud off. I don't know why I'm the only one who gets this treatment, just lucky I guess. The warm water and gentle hands feel just great and then when I get out, guess what? Yep, another rub down! Sometimes I can get several of these in one day!