These photos were actually taken a couple of weeks ago, and there have been a myriad of changes both in the amount of snow in the back yard and in the amount of fur on Dante's body since. Both have diminished considerably.
I almost forgot about these photos because I had taken so many new ones in the meantime, and there never seemed to be an appropriate day to post them. So, before they are lost forever in my gallery of thousands, I'm shooting them out into the blogosphere for all eternity.
Amazingly, all of them are pretty good. I couldn't decide which ones to eliminate, so I just posted them all. If you're a Dante fan, you certainly won't mind.