So, Dante took advantage of the nicer weather to go for a walk in the snow. I don't bother to leash him in the winter because the snow generally keeps him hemmed in, but I do keep a close watch in case he needs to be herded back home.
My friend, Susan, from across the street was visiting with us outside, and while I was filming this little video of Dante's snow trek, she headed next door to try to head him off at the pass (so to speak). Dante got no further than the edge of our neighbour's driveway when he turned back on his own.
I must tell you, that for the most part, Dante will actually listen to me. When I say "Dante, be a good boy", he knows that I want him to stay close to home. If he does ignore me, then I put on my loud, angry voice, and it usually chastens, as well as hastens him home. He really responds to the positive reinforcement of praise. I have also heard him whimper when he knows I'm upset with him for doing something he shouldn't. And it's all just from a change in my voice!
Anyway, here's the link to the short video -- another talkie, I'm afraid! Just click on the following.
DANTE'S SNOW TREK
Dante goes where no cat has gone before! (At least not this winter.)
As an extra added bonus, here are three more pictures of Dante, Snow Cat, just because they're beautiful. His fur is looking even redder against the whiteness of the snow lately. I think actually when it's a bit overcast, the colours don't get washed out like they do when there's too much sun.
So from the frozen sub-Arctic tundra of suburban Ottawa, Dante wishes you farewell for the nonce! There will surely be another Snow Trek episode in the not too distant future. Snow Trek, the Seequel! You'll just have to wait and see!