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Butterfly’s Ice Rink

 

This past Tuesday, New York was hit by a massive east coast storm that was supposed to bury us in snow, but halfway through, the snow turned to sleet and the world froze. I slid across the walkways in the dark, when the dogs had to go out to pee. The next morning, the maintenance guys came back and salted the sidewalks and broke up the ice in the parking lot, but they left the backyard as it was and we have had an ice rink ever since. Butterfly is in love. Cricket may be a snow bunny, but Butterfly, it turns out, is an ice skater. Her ice rink is bumpy and often runs uphill, and she has to skate around various impediments, but that only seems to make it more of an adventure.

Girls at the door

Surveying the territory

2

Testing the ice

onward

Going on an adventure

Back from adventure

and returning

smiling B

Happy.

Cricket has been more circumspect about the whole thing. She has found it impossible to dig into this strange version of snow, and has had no luck removing leaves from their icy casings. She sniffs huge clumps of snow for signs of pee and birdseed, but she spends most of her time on the edges of the ice, ready to return to solid ground at any moment. But every once in a while, she lets loose, jumping and spinning and leaping across the ice, while her sister placidly skates along nearby. They meet up to check in, sniffing each other’s noses and ears, before going their own ways again.

girls meet up

“What is this stuff?”

flying cricket 2

“Wheee!”

flying Cricket.jpg

“Whoohooo!”

sliding cricket

“And a two-footed landing!”

But it’s Butterfly who is loving this new ice world. No matter how far out she goes, and no matter how high she climbs, she leaves no foot prints, and I’m realizing that, for years, she must have felt unsteady walking on the grass, and now, with ice under her feet, she finally feels secure.

 

Butterfly on ice

Butterfly, in her own world.

About rachelmankowitz

I am a fiction writer, a writing coach, and an obsessive chronicler of my dogs' lives.

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  1. Rachel, I love this! Peggy Fleming–eat your heart out!

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  2. I can feel her joy…those playful photos are wonderful!!

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  3. I think Butterfly is her own world… lucky thing 🆓

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  4. It’s like watching my grandkids play in snow for the first time. Such a hoot :<)

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  5. it was a strange storm. I’m about 50 miles north of the city and we got 11 inches and not a whit of ice.

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  6. We got hammer from the snow. My short legged dachshunds still loved it. We dug snow paths for them, but they would still climb up on to the icy tundra and try their luck. It was great fun watching them slide about.

    I love my weekly Cricket and Butterfly updates!

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  7. Wonderful “action” shots of flying ear flaps Rachel! 🙂 jane

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  8. wow what great captures on ice! I am looking forward to it melting hopefully this week. We have mountains here in NJ!

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  9. Wonderful and beautiful pictures! Who would have known Butterfly found her calling from a storm! Those two are just so adorable!We were hit with wind storm and knock our power, heat and water out for 4 days. I had to send Sasha the bird to my son’s house. Just 2 days after wind storm we were hit with 2 ft of snow. My eldest girl BabyGirl went out in it like a pro. The other 3 were like go potty( Not far away from the porch of course) and run back as fast as they could into the house. Now it is funny to see a great big black German Shepard (Samantha)run back in the house because of to much snow!

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  10. I ment to say just two days after I got my power back on.

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  11. The pictures of Butterfy leaping send my heart leaping! So glad she enjoyed herself!

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  12. Fantastic pictures. I remember Maggie’s first experience with snow. She was far from impressed!

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  13. Fantastic photographs – you have captured the joy of both Cricket and Butterfly having fun in the snow and that’s is great to look at. However, that is a problem also in Scotland – a rise in temperature and snow turns to slush and that’s cold. wet and miserable and no fun at all. Enjoy the snow (within moderation) when you can.

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  14. I’m happy for Butterfly. I don’t enjoy sleet nearly as much, haha 🙂 And I love the pictures!

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  15. They are having a blast! What a good time and great photos!

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  16. I loved theses photos, because they both looked so happy!

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  17. What a delightful story! My beagle seems to take ice in her stride, barely paying it any notice, slipping now and then as she does a quick turn for a good sniff of an invisible something, catching herself and moving on with barely a break in her strike. No Whoopeeee! for her. Just business as usual.

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  18. Cute cricket & butterfly, love to see them playing happily!

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  19. Since it’s been in the 90s here, I was thinking that this didn’t pertain to me. Then someone mentioned BIRDSEED and I’m all in.

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  20. How great Butterfly is having so much fun! And The pictures of them enjoying their ice rink are fabulous!

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  21. I love reading your stories. And the action photos Wheee” and “Whoohooo” are great. 🐾

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  22. Just like children (which they are) 🙂

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  23. Beautiful photos! The energy and courage of trailing into snow is amazing!

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  24. Nice presentation.

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  25. Rachel, these pictures actually brought me joy and smiles today just by looking at them!! Thank you so much!!

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  26. I love the action shots and the huge smile on Butterfly’s face – way to go girl!😀💨💨

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  27. Love their expressions and how you describe them.

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  28. I love your posts where you document how different these two “look a like” girls are in personality so I loved this especially. And congratulations on good photos of white dogs in snow in dim light. We got ice and a little snow but mostly wind and wind chill. I was glad to have cats those days.

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  29. Butterfly is a little like Snoopyce skating in the Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon. I love the Whee and woohoo pictures!

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  30. Love the photos, Rachel. Stay warm.

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  31. You caught some great photos! Love the flying ears 😉

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  32. Love the pictures 🙂

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  33. linahcreations

    Adorable! 🙂

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  34. hairytoegardener

    What fun for Butterfly! It makes me happy to see dogs who are happy.

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  35. Wonderful story and photos!! happy to see your post.

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  36. You are a great story-teller. I always look forward to your blog.

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  37. So much snow!! Have fun 🙂

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  38. Lucy says she wants to play with Butterfly! (Then she will immediately remember she hates cold weather and paw at the door to come back in!)

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  39. Wonderful snow puppy action pics! I hope the ice sticks around a bit longer for Butterfly.

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  40. My dog had a blast as well, but our ice rink is all gone.

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  41. Our australian shepherd sinks happily down, making a well trod path out to her tree. My daughter’s dainty chihuahua pekinese mix(don’t ask–a rescue dog) daintily walks above it all.
    The chihuahua maltese mix won’t even go outside in it. It is fun to see each dog accepting the situation on their own terms. What to do with our President, however? Sink into the news? Skate over it? Hide in the house until he melts?

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  42. Omigosh… they are the cutest! So happy for them!

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  43. A wonderful winter white adventure for your adorable pooches.

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  44. Great action shots!

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