Our Backyard This Morning, Dec. 1, 2010

Our Backyard This Morning, Dec. 1, 2010

Looking over our backyard this morning we ask ourselves…”What are we still doing here? ”  The answer, not sure.  Tasha is doing really well and the original idea was that we were going to stay home and take care of our girl.  By take care of I mean, she’s a 14 1/2 year old German Shepperd with a bum knee, that she wears a knee brace for, and arthritis that is deteriorating her hips away.  So needless to say, we were thinking she didn’t have much time left and we wanted to make it as easy as possible for her.  So we decided to stay home and possibly do a trip this spring and summer.  We’d love to see the upper part of the US after all.

However, Tasha is doing remarkably well.  Every day she lies there staring at us with a big smile on her face.  She gets excited every time we go out to check the MH in the garage.  At the rate that she is going, she’s going to be around for a long time to come.

So the dilemma. Do we hit the road and head south for the winter or do we wait and see how Tasha does this winter, and if she’s still around, do the upper US next spring and summer? Heading south right about now doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.  As you can see from the picture, it’s snowing now in upstate NY.  Waiting to snow until December 1st is actually pretty good.  So I guess we can’t complain.  But with the snow comes the cold and wet weather.  And for those of you who know, arthritis and cold weather do not mix well.

So, heading south for the winter would actually do Tasha good.  The warm air and the lack of wet snow would actually help her be more comfortable.  And we all know, we live to make our dog more comfortable.  Those of you who have pets know exactly what I’m talking about.  So heading south would really be the sacrifice we’d be willing to make, for Tasha’s sake.

Reading this over it really sounds like I’m trying to convince myself that heading south, now, for the winter, would be the right thing to do.  Whether it’s right or wrong, we’re not sure.  There’s always a chance you take by heading out and having something happen to one of your pets, or yourself for that matter, that you’ll have to deal with on the road.

I do have to admit though, the snow is pretty.  But pretty does not trump comfort.

Who knows, maybe my next post will be that we’re out the door and on the road.  Only time will tell.