The weather has been rather unpredictable the last week. Snowy and icy one day, then colder, warmer and rainy the next, partly sunny, then sunny. We've been out on our walks in all of it (except on Saturday, when freezing rain was falling on top of snow and it was too icy to walk safely).
Sparkle does fine in all weather conditions, her thick retriever coat repelling the rain. I took her out the other day when it was still rather mucky and gave her an extended fetching session in the backyard.
I have to admit she is not the world's best retriever -- nowhere near it. Porter was the same way. These dogs were obviously not bred to retrieve waterfowl from frigid lakes, and they know it. My Seeing Eye pups love to get hold of the item (in this case a black rubber tire) and worry it and shake it and run around the yard with it. Giving it to me is another matter. Sparkle is a rather cute tease.
Lately she's been trotting to the very back of the yard and loitering there with the tire, daring me to either come take it from her or waiting a long while before she reluctantly yields to my calls, her tail wagging a mile a minute, and brings it over. OK, I know she's laughing at me.