|you see a giant ice cube|
I see the foundation for a whole new sport
This year, we have something new and amazing. It’s pretty funny and I offer it as a gift to all of you who may be suffering some sort of sports withdrawal or the need for something new.
A name completely escapes me. It’s a hybrid sport, some odd combination of field hockey, ice hockey and curling…invented by none other than Gus (our uniquely talented guardian dog). Somewhere in Gus’ “job description” it must say something about keeping the humans amused or at the very least utterly bewildered. Did you read this one?
The frigid weather meant that the water buckets in the jug pens froze. Froze solid. In order to get the ice out and re-use the buckets, we placed them upside down in the sunshine, where we waited for the sun to warm them slightly and release the ice. This method always works, but it takes a while and we are left with giant ice cubes sitting around the farm. (Each bucket is two gallons, so the ice cubes are sizeable)
Giant ice cubes and giant cold-weather loving dog are a perfect combination.
Because the Pyrs LOVE winter!
The other afternoon, I heard a great deal of commotion outside the barn. Sounds of scratching and growling were interspersed with some sort of thumping. Puzzled, I looked out to see Gus attacking one of the giant ice cubes.
He pushed it with his nose.
He clawed it and rolled it over.
This went on for quite some time. He made an effort to involve the cats (no way, dog…leave us alone) Ellie was equally unimpressed. So, he played by himself.
He took it to the orchard where he proceeded to “guard” it. (and lick it from time to time…like a giant snowcone)
Apparently, the goal of the game was to get all the icecubes to the orchard. There were at least three scattered among the trees at one point. I guess I should be glad, this will provide more moisture for the trees.
Sadly for Gus, the frigid weather passed (unfortunately, it is near certain to return) so his precious ice cubes will become just a memory like “woodhenge” before them. You can read about another of Gus' projects HERE.
Field-ice-curling-hockey season may be short and unpredictable, but it does provide some much-needed amusement on a cold and gloomy winter’s day.
Go, Farm Dogs!