The Weekly Smile for January 31, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! Another odd week. Well, I guess odd in some ways, but far too normal in others – I always say to look for the small things, and that is true this week as there were few large things. Some small things include the snow storm wasn’t so bad for us, I had a nice Lions Club meeting, massage is always good, views of my music on YouTube was in record territory by a huge margin, blogging was fun and I did an initial redesign (preliminary cleaning) of my home studio. Did anything stand out? I’ll pick on odd one.

Idiina doesn’t always like long walks while Fiyero loves them. His favorite thing in the world is a super long puppy/daddy walk at a jogging pace. Fiyero also has strange issues with his gums. So after a thorough cleaning yesterday, I took him for a special walk as a reward for putting up with it. It wasn’t much longer than usual, but it was across a new snowfall winter wonderland.

We did the typical half run down the road and then into the woods. There were some hills and a large field. Often the snow was almost to my knees, though we weren’t the first one in most places, and across the wind-whipped hills there were areas with almost no snow. OK, after a while he would stop and hold up a paw and look at me. I would take off my gloves and hold the paw tightly for a few minutes. After it was warm he would pull it away and be happy for a while. It happened five times, three with one paw, and started about 2/3 of the way through the walk (so no turning back!). Despite the cold paws, he did not want to go home when I turned us that direction and once home, he did not want to go in! He was having a great time! I did let him play in the backyard for a minute, but brought him in before we were too cold.

I will say that I had one happy puppy on my hands! (He is almost 8, so not really a puppy ;) ). And I was happy too – it was beautiful and I enjoyed the light exercise, as well as bonding time with Fiyero.

So that was my smile for this week, a special walk with Fiyero through the new-fallen snow.

What made you smile?

(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).

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Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).  Note – I am no longer compiling the Smiles into a Recap post. I’ll try to get the new smile out between 7 and 8:30 Eastern Time.

21 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for January 31, 2022 #weeklysmile

  1. Ju-Lyn

    Sounds like a busy, and productive week, for you Trent! So lovely that your smile came from frolicking in the snow with Fiyero … he will be all grown up before you know it … I wonder if he will still want to play in the snow …. probably, right?

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was a good, productive week. As to Fiyero, I call him a “puppy” and he still acts like a puppy in many ways, including loving to play in the snow, but he is actually getting old for a Boxer – he is 8. Well, not old, old, but very much an adult, even if he acts like a puppy sometimes.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I know a lot of people into Wordle. I haven’t tried it yet, and I don’t know if I dare ;) I’ll be by in a bit.

      I do have a lot of fun with my fur children :) I think they need to be stimulated as much as human kids and don’t understand people with pets for show.

      Thanks, Natasha! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is funny, Idina did the other day after our huge snow. It was super frigid, we had been out on the slush roads for a moment and she stopped. I looked back, she lifted a paw and looked at me – “Daddy, fix it!”. I did, but when she was healed, she wanted to go in! so we did.

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  3. Diana

    I Love your smile post! How fun to be out and about in new fallen snow! As I was reading it got me thinking about the trail boots I had got for my horse Zack and I am thinking I bet they have paw boots for dogs for inclimate weather so their paws don’t get sore or cold! I bet he would love them and you could do even more in the cold months. I know for animal lovers the weather can be challenging but we all make it work! :D Here is my smile post for this week. Have a wonderful rest of the week!
    https://myhorsestories.blog/2022/02/01/my-weekly-smile-horsey-fun/

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      We did try boots with out first dog and it didn’t work. One of the big issues is that we start walking on the road and the slush from salted roads gets between his toes. Then when we go off trail, it freezes. If we never touched roads, it wouldn’t be as bad. With our first do we also tried a heavy wax like material that is supposed to prevent that from happening, but it really didn’t work all that well. But Fieryo loves to be out, and when his paws are cold, he just holds them up for me to warm up – Daddy can fix anything ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Good footwear is super important… I would have a hard time living in a place that didn’t have four full seasons, and that includes snow. I did spend a winter in Texas (Dallas/FW area) and, well, I prefer the north :)
      I’ll be by in a few.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I had a friend who lived in CA for a while. She visited Ohio and was sent to the grocery store. When being checked out she realized she only had $50 and the food had to be at least $120, maybe more. Perhaps much, much more. It came out to $30. She left CA forever a month later ;) lol

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  5. Rowena

    Hi Trent,
    I have been smiling a lot this week going through my photos to make photo books for the kids. upcoming birthdays. Our son will be 18 and our daughter 16. There’s such a mix of cute, mischief, funny and special memories and holidays. What touched me most though was seeing how much my kids were loved. The love so evident in my parents’ faces and how cousins, aunts, uncles, friends just loved to hold them, play with them. It was quite profound and incredible.
    Take care and best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m sure the walks down memory lane have been a lot of fun. And it does sound touching seeing all the love from all corners as you browse the photo from over the years :)

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