Just a scent away. Well, at least for a Dachshund.
The wind outside my bedroom window last night was a steady counterpoint to the thoughts swirling around in my head. Doctor appointments, laundry, shopping lists, finances, future travel plans, dog training classes … there was no rhyme or reason. Thoughts rambled through, pausing only long enough to interrupt my sleep before giving way to some other figment of imagination. I don’t tend to sleep well when it’s windy, and the weather front last night blew in with a major barometer change, dropping temperatures and rain mixed with sleet. Anyone who understands Fibromyalgia will know that barometer changes play havoc with autoimmune disorders. Ack. So while the rest of the household slept, I tossed and turned. Rhonda, under the blankets near my knees, occasionally grumbled and moaned as my movement caused her to stir – briefly. She is a SOUND sleeper.
This morning, with the wind still dancing briskly through the leafless trees along the hillside and dead, copper brown leaves sodden under a light layer of icy pellets, I decided the best way to wake up and get moving would be to take a walk. Baxter and Abby both politely declined my invitation after one look at the gray skies and damp ground. Rhonda, on the other hand, ran to the edge of the porch where she could get a good whiff of the wind and all but danced with joy!
WIND! A gourmet meal for the nose, just sniffs away! A long walk or an outing in the pasture on a breezy day is one of this scent-loving dog’s favorite things. So much information, all available in a sniff. Nose into the wind, she was eager to be off on an adventure. She is one BUSY little girl!
I’m glad I had taken the time to layer with a sweatshirt and my down jacket. Ronni and I were outside for nearly an hour as she investigated each smell and sound. The 32F temps weren’t bothering her at all – maybe the wind chill is not so bad close to the ground? She was too involved in chasing scents (Rabbit? Mouse? Vole?) to care about much else. I have to admit, Ronni’s enthusiasm and enjoyment of the same weather I was so cranky over an hour earlier helped to clear my head and give me a better start to my day. Thanks, Rhonda!