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Ice [Jan. 28th, 2009|08:34 am]
F-ing ice. Really. I'd call it a face plant last night, when I went out to walk the dog, but really it was a hand/wrist plant. Thank goodness, once again, for the ability to fall like a rag doll, or I probably would have broken it.

And then this morning -- see I was smaat last night and salted my steps. (Yes, Kosher salt. What can I say, I kept putting the boxes in different places in the pantry, think I was out of it, and then buy more at Costco.) So, the steps were pretty okay (because as a greenie, I only used a little) and the side walk and yard crunchy, which was going to prove difficult for Percy, but I tromped up and down the sidewalk to break it up for him.

If you want to see the definition of design flaw, watch a greyhound try to walk on crusted snow. Their toes are long and very separated. Which makes them great runners on dry ground. On crusty snow, they actually try to grip with their toes, as if they were fingers -- if they don't break through, their toes just look so pathetic, all splayed, curled, trying to grip, the nails skidding backwards.

But I solved that problem for Percy -- stomping around like a deranged eight year old (is that redundant?) to break up the crust at least.

He was not happy and not walking well, but I thought, if I can at least get him out to the road....

If you've been out there, you probably have guessed at the flaw in my reasoning. But hey, it was early, it was dark and the trucks had been treating the roads all night long.

We each took two steps onto the ice skating rink that was the road and we were down. I was so busy congratulating myself for not knocking my head on the curb, that for a minute I didn't notice that not only had Percy gone down...but was headed into the storm drain, sliding on his side across the ice away from me.

Which my stupid brain immediately tried to stop by pulling back on the leash, which slowed the slide, but, as greyhound collars are essentially fancy humane choke collars, pulling him out by the collar, well, hey, good news is, I got him back. Bad news, I strangled him. There he was, hind legs down the slot, whoops, like a big dog going down a giant mail slot.

Thank goodness for big greyhound butts. Poor goober. Pulling him out was ugly, as I had no traction, he had no traction, and there was some limb flailing on both our parts. I got him up and back on the yard and it still took us a little while to get his pins back underneath him.

Oh, yeah, he still hadn't done any of the things we'd gone out there to do. Which took a bit of convincing. Him sliding, or teetering, and pulling back to go into the house...sigh. Luckily, I had traction, so my heart breaking at how hard it was for him and hating making him continue to walk around the yard, all shaky and scared, I held on until each of the prizes was produced and then pretty much carried him back inside.

Luckily, he's a greyhound, so a couple of biscuits and a bowl of chicken and beef and he'd recovered. Me, I'm sitting here at my desk, listening to the orchestra of twinges, aches and pains tune up.

Today Naproxen will be my friend.

[User Picture]From: sestree
2009-01-28 03:00 pm (UTC)
I know it's not funny but I can soooooo see that happening.

My hound had arthritis so when we had ice in Kansas, the people driving down the road were treated to me bracing my foot in the hedge and propping Rocket up against my other leg so he could hike his leg and go --- hopefully NOT on my foot or hand or leg or whatever. More than once my bracing foot slipped and we both went down.

I learned then that dogs can just turn off the spigot in mid pee. hehehehhe

I hope your aches and pains (and Percy's emotional well-being) weren't too bad.
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[User Picture]From: mistressfetch
2009-01-28 03:33 pm (UTC)
Basil won't go. I ice cream salted the steps :-) and used cat litter too. Finally got Basil out in the yard where all four of his legs starting sliding outward on the crusty snow. He hasn't gone potty, his walker can't make it due to the snow and now when I try to get him to go out he runs upstairs and cowers in the bedroom!

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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2009-01-28 03:36 pm (UTC)
Thank heavens for pee pads...and warming temperatures. Note to both of us, next time this is forecast: the night before, throw out as large a tarp as we can find so that one corner leads up the walkway/stairs. So that, come morning, we can peel off the tarp and have a small section of cleared/clearish lawn.
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[User Picture]From: mistressfetch
2009-01-28 03:40 pm (UTC)
That is excellent advice. I'm going to text you next time it snows, etc and remind you. Which in turn will remind me :-)

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[User Picture]From: pyllgrum
2009-01-28 04:43 pm (UTC)
I like the way you plan, but dear, where are you going to find traction to lift the tarp plus about 10 pounds per square foot of ice and snow?
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-01-28 06:06 pm (UTC)

Pre-Positioning a freeze-tarp ....from the rocketeer.Whoooosh thud!

My two cents: Iv'e tried this idea with tarps on my car windshield a few times. What I usually accomplish is just another thing frozen immovably to my car. Howabout you pre-position the Captain, Gulliver-like out there before the ice starts? Then as he struggles, he either breaks the ice, or you get an "Awakening" yard ornament real cheap. I'm just sayin'.
We had fun this morning watching Henry the Coon Hound sliding on the back yard hill. I think someone should invent some sort of little canine ice axe thingy for them. Cheers!, Alan
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2009-01-28 06:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Pre-Positioning a freeze-tarp ....from the rocketeer.Whoooosh thud!

Won't work on a smooth surface, silly -- especially if it's damp. You can do it over grass 'cause of all of the air pockets.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-01-31 06:46 pm (UTC)

Re: Pre-Positioning a freeze-tarp ....from the rocketeer.Whoooosh thud!

I was re- thinking the canine ice-axe idea. Perhaps not such a good one around Percy. I have this horrible image in my mind of you.... Percy stupidly looking down at your slashed -up corpse, and thinking "mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm"
or what ever goes on in that narrow little "brain" of his.
Cheeeers! alan
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