Can't get enough winter sunshine
I firmly believe in getting my vitamin D the natural way, especially in winter. On this day, that means a late afternoon walk through the neighborhood with Finn and Meadow. Maia stays home; the crusty snow and slick roads too much for her bad knee. She gets a more mellow walk closer to home later on.
|Meadow sunbathing, Finn mid-slurp, Pollock Mtn peeking through the trees.|
|Meadow, also mid-slurp. Maybe the sun tickles their noses?|
We wander through the neighborhood, heading up to visit the horses. We provide some much-needed entertainment for them. Their owner is away, as he so often is. Someone comes to feed them once a day. A neighbor across the street gives them carrots when she's out walking her own dog. Otherwise, they're on their own. A lonely life. I'm glad we're able to provide them even a moment of entertainment as we walk by. They usually display their thanks with a kick of the heels as they run several yards across the pasture to come get a closer look at us and blow a hearty hello through their noses.
|Pasture with a view.|
When it's just me and Meadow, I'll stop to stroke their noses at the fence. But Finn gets too excited around them, so I don't encourage any closeness. I'd hate for him to get kicked. I talk to the horses from a safe-for-Finn distance.
After waiting patiently for me while I take photos, Meadow, Finn and I say goodbye to the horses in the pasture-with-a-view and head home. Clouds are filling the afternoon sky. Good thing we got our vitamin D today. The weather's changing. Maybe some new snow? That would be nice. We need some here.
|The horses watch us as we pass them, heading home.|
After returning to the house and letting all the dogs out into the yard, I follow to take this photo of Pollock:
You can't see them behind the trees, but the horses are in that pasture on the hillside. I hope they enjoy their wide-open view, even though it hardly compensates for their sad lack of social interaction.