The Viking Dog

Imagine if you will …

Cold winter sunshine,

An iced over lake swarming with dog walkers and ice skaters,

Temperatures well below freezing.

Suddenly, on the way home, we arrive at the little bridge over the cold stream feeding into that frozen, frozen lake.

It’s the only open water for miles around and the meeting place for shivering ducks.

And yet – it is tempting, so tempting.

“Will I? Won’t I?”

Why not?

It’s refreshing, very refreshing!

After taking the plunge, Oscar shakes diamonds into the air and trots home, satisfied with his long winter walk.

Life is so much better when you carry sunny weather in your heart…

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63 responses

  1. Wonderful photos, love the shot of Oscar shaking.

    February 19, 2011 at 17:07

  2. Blu

    That sure is a dog that loves the cold weather!…brrrrrrrrrrr

    February 19, 2011 at 17:16

    • I think the expression you’re looking for is: barking mad!

      February 19, 2011 at 17:25

  3. What a brave dog! Great stori illustrated with great photos!
    You said that my photo was looking warmish. Well it was terribly cold. Every time I took a photo my hands were freezing. But thanks for your comment and have a great weekend.

    February 19, 2011 at 17:56

  4. I wish I could withstand those temperatures!

    February 19, 2011 at 17:58

  5. ha. love that last line…sunshine in the heart….i like it…looks like someone had a little fun this morning…

    February 19, 2011 at 18:01

  6. Love the scatter of light on the droplets from Oscar’s fur!

    February 19, 2011 at 18:02

  7. Beautiful shots. I love the way he has having fun.

    February 19, 2011 at 18:17

  8. Jen

    Do you think he gets the shivers like we do just looking at the photos?

    Brrrr.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    February 19, 2011 at 18:25

    • No, he loves the cold!

      February 19, 2011 at 19:19

  9. I see that Oscar (good boy that he is) is waiting for permission to take the plunge. The action shots are marvelous – so crisp. This is a wonderful line: “Life is so much better when you carry sunny weather in your heart” Enjoy the weekend, Fi.

    February 19, 2011 at 18:37

  10. Oh, Oscar, that looks so-o-o cold. Brave boy!
    Recently, someone told me Golden Retrievers have an extra layer of fat to protect them from the cold. That must be why our Lindy loves to go for walks when it’s too cold for my husband. (Minus twenty-something Celsius.)
    – K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

    February 19, 2011 at 18:39

    • Goldens have an extra layer of fur too. Oscar is a working golden so he doesn’t have the extra fat… but his fur keeps him nice and warm anyway.

      February 19, 2011 at 19:16

  11. Oscar just proved that in life the only thing you need is a warm heart ;-)

    Enjoy your week-end

    February 19, 2011 at 18:48

  12. Oscar is an inspiration. Hug him for me.

    February 19, 2011 at 19:03

  13. The best of the breed !!Sandy

    February 19, 2011 at 19:15

  14. OH MY! What a silly, silly pooch! :))

    February 19, 2011 at 19:19

  15. Wow!! You wouldn’t get Boom to do that. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    February 19, 2011 at 19:22

  16. Thanks so much for your kind comment about my photography. You take a pretty gorgeous photo yourself.

    February 19, 2011 at 20:43

  17. wow, look at that doggie having a grand time!!!

    February 19, 2011 at 20:54

  18. Nicey nice!:-)

    February 19, 2011 at 20:57

  19. Great pictures and I love the story that you put with them. Maybe we can all learn a little – just shake it off.
    Andie

    February 19, 2011 at 23:00

  20. Oscar would have died if he had done that in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in the middle of February.
    I love your narration of the events though. I was captivated.

    February 20, 2011 at 00:06

  21. That dog just couldn’t help himself could he. Great series of photos.

    February 20, 2011 at 00:17

  22. Oh so cute!

    My critter post

    February 20, 2011 at 00:35

  23. You have the most awesome dog on the planet…

    Shhh. Don’t tell Dixie I said that.

    February 20, 2011 at 01:42

  24. He is a Viking dog! Love the look on his face in the first photo!

    February 20, 2011 at 02:34

  25. AL

    Yeah a viking dog he is! Look at him dive, I love it!

    February 20, 2011 at 02:53

  26. i really love this series!

    February 20, 2011 at 03:16

  27. The shots with Oscar gloriously jumping into the beautiful blue water and then dog-paddling his way back ashore are my favorites. Looks like someone had a mighty fine day!

    February 20, 2011 at 04:09

  28. These are terrific shots!
    I’m shivering though!!!!

    February 20, 2011 at 04:12

  29. haha! My Clover would have jumped right in with him. A wet dog is a happy dog!

    February 20, 2011 at 04:22

  30. Now that’s a dedicated water dog! Great pics.

    February 20, 2011 at 04:31

  31. Great photos of Oscar, but … Burrrrr!

    February 20, 2011 at 07:09

  32. That is one brave dog! It looks soooo cold.
    Brrr, jj

    February 20, 2011 at 07:21

  33. Your dog is insane. ;)

    February 20, 2011 at 08:28

  34. Amy

    WOW!!! He is more of a viking dog then my gang, I don’t think they’d ever jump in the water like that, if we could find water that wasn’t frozen!!! WOW, I’m totally impressed- or just plain amazed!!

    February 20, 2011 at 09:09

  35. I was obviously never a dog in a former life. No way would I do that.

    February 20, 2011 at 11:05

  36. Wow..that still look so cold for a swim, beautiful photos!

    February 20, 2011 at 12:07

  37. my little girl did the same thing this week! Really, what are they thinking!

    February 20, 2011 at 12:14

  38. She did it! Bravo!!! :)
    Truly great captures.

    February 20, 2011 at 13:48

  39. amazing oscar!!

    superb captures!!

    February 20, 2011 at 14:00

  40. Wow, what a brave little one, I sure would love to posses his resilience.;))
    xoxo

    February 20, 2011 at 15:44

  41. A great series of photos that tell a story. Oscar must be tough to swim in that!

    February 20, 2011 at 15:52

  42. Oh my goodness! What a brave dog! I really like the last shot with all the droplets in the air.

    February 20, 2011 at 16:21

  43. I don’t think you need me to tell you your photos are magnificent. but I will. I do.

    February 20, 2011 at 18:23

  44. Your dog obviously has a lot of your joie de vive! Cheers!

    February 20, 2011 at 22:34

  45. Your photos is soooooo goood and captured the situation so well!

    February 20, 2011 at 23:44

  46. Viking dog?
    I thought it was from Scotland. ;p

    Built to withstand cold winter. ;)

    February 21, 2011 at 01:53

  47. Wow thanks for sharing this beautiful walk. I can tell that Oscar loves the cold. And he really is shaking diamonds! Beautiful pictures.

    February 21, 2011 at 04:28

  48. Oscar is a good swimmer! Love seeing your shots so much :)

    Thanks for dropping by….

    February 21, 2011 at 04:28

  49. Such a joyous post!

    Aloha from Honolulu
    So SORRY I’ve been missing too long!

    Comfort Spiral

    >

    February 21, 2011 at 04:38

  50. What a boy your Oscar is..he just had to do it! I could almost see it in his eyes:)

    February 21, 2011 at 05:51

  51. Wow! Just reading through this entry made me cold & it’s back to the high 70′s here in Texas these days! Thanks for the fun!

    February 21, 2011 at 05:56

  52. I love that last line.

    February 21, 2011 at 12:58

  53. February 21, 2011 at 15:42

  54. Haha, you said that he loves the cold! Certainly he inherits the Viking trait:) We only have cats and I am sure they would never do that.
    Amazing photos, as always, especially the last one.
    Have a wonderful day.

    February 21, 2011 at 16:17

  55. Wow, that must have been so cold! But it looks like he’s having a great time anyway. Our dog Lady is supposed to like water (she’s part Brittany Spaniel) but she refuses to go outside if it’s even raining — and you can forget swimming :-)

    February 21, 2011 at 20:52

  56. marina

    oh my gosh!!! how can he go in that cold water? he is so beautiful!

    February 22, 2011 at 17:33

  57. I’m so glad I’m set up to get your posts via email so I didn’t miss this one…
    “Life is so much better when you carry sunny weather in your heart…” So true! And Oscar truly must be a Viking Dog.

    February 22, 2011 at 18:04

  58. Such a beautiful sentence:
    “After taking the plunge, Oscar shakes diamonds into the air and trots home, satisfied with his long winter walk.”

    February 24, 2011 at 05:16

  59. I know that dogs are more prepared for this than humans, but it REALLY makes me cold just looking at the pictures of Oscar jumping into that cold, cold water. And, you’re right, as soon as a dog gets wet he seems to suddenly want to be your lap dog! :)

    February 24, 2011 at 11:26

  60. I love the picture of your dog at the lake! Would you consider letting me use it in an email newsletter for a Rescue organization? I can email. you more details if you like.

    October 24, 2011 at 07:47

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