On thin ice

The snows have come at last! Along with the extreme cold…

It’s deceptive really, because you might think that the ice on the lake is thick enough to walk on.

One minute, you’re a dog blending in with the gold of the reeds…

… the next, you’re playing on the ice.

It’s thin enough to scare the wits out of your owner. She calls you back.

You try. There’s an ominous crack and your back legs slide into the water.

Luckily, it’s shallow and you make it back to land. You show your owner your icy bottom.

There doesn’t seem to be any harm done.

Quite the opposite.

Playing on thin ice seems to be invigorating.

(But it wreaks havoc with your owner’s nerves.)

So, it’s play on firm ground from now on…

… until the ice sets, that is.

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42 responses

  1. That would be scary!

    December 4, 2010 at 18:23

  2. Di

    I would have freaked out had one of our dogs fallen through ice.

    December 4, 2010 at 18:40

  3. It scared me just reading it! Glad you got him out okay. Brrrrr. *shivers*

    December 4, 2010 at 19:33

  4. smiles. yeah that ice is dangerous stuff…used to have a pond by our house growing up…and used to get in trouble all the time…

    December 4, 2010 at 19:55

  5. Blu

    Glad all is well, and it sure looks cold!!!!

    December 4, 2010 at 21:08

  6. Oh yeah, that would both terrify me and make me laugh, simultaneously!

    December 4, 2010 at 21:47

  7. He looks so beautiful out there in the snow!

    December 4, 2010 at 22:26

  8. Oh yup, that would have scared me too. Wonderful photos.

    December 4, 2010 at 22:42

  9. oh my!! SCARY!!!
    I can imagine your shouts from the water’s edge!!

    December 4, 2010 at 23:04

  10. lilalia

    Must get your knees shaking. Wonderful photos as always. You manage to make everything look light and fun, even though your words sometimes speak otherwise.

    December 4, 2010 at 23:48

  11. I love the color of your dog. It is very beautiful in the snow.

    December 4, 2010 at 23:57

  12. I love that dog. Really.

    December 5, 2010 at 01:19

  13. beautiful photos, such a happy dog

    December 5, 2010 at 02:55

  14. I can imagine your nerves! Glad nothing happened!

    December 5, 2010 at 03:24

  15. Oscar is a good swimmer and has strong back legs..I am glad he got out OK..I can hear you hollering too..we had a cat that went in or was drug in once came back to the house looking like a catsickle..we had to blow dry him warm..that was the last time he went out on the ice at night:)

    December 5, 2010 at 03:56

  16. Our four-legged children do give us scares from time to time. Beautiful photos.

    Thoughts in Progress

    December 5, 2010 at 04:31

  17. That’s terrifying. I’m glad everything turned out okay.

    December 5, 2010 at 04:47

  18. reading about is fun for sure!!

    December 5, 2010 at 07:51

  19. The last picture is stunning.

    December 5, 2010 at 09:33

  20. You’ve weaved such lovely words to match well your beautiful photographs.

    December 5, 2010 at 10:29

  21. Awesome shots
    Particularly the third and fourth.

    in 3rd one it looks bit tired
    4th one- it thinks ‘Oh oh no way, I’m stuck ‘

    December 5, 2010 at 12:45

  22. What a star Oscar is! Pleased to hear he’s safe (and probably none the wiser for his experience!). The third shot of him is really beautiful.

    December 5, 2010 at 13:31

  23. You got some great shots, even after that big scare.

    December 5, 2010 at 16:25

  24. The ice on our ponds isn’t thick enough either so we know how worried your owner is, Oscar. We’re glad it wasn’t a big, big scare and you only got a cold bottom:-)

    December 5, 2010 at 17:00

  25. I love the playfulness in these images and the beuatiful contrast of the red fur against the white snow.;))
    Happy 2nd Advent,

    December 5, 2010 at 17:22

  26. Jen

    I can imagine the feelings you go through while standing on the shore, and hearing that cracking ice…

    When we were young a good friend fell right through thin ice, one minute he was there, and the next gone. Thankfully the water was shallow enough that he got out quickly, but it sure scared us.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    December 5, 2010 at 18:12

  27. it would scare me too!!
    but what wonderful photos of an absolutely beautiful dog

    December 5, 2010 at 18:40

  28. JM

    The contrast of the dog colour to the snow is fantastic. I especially like the bottom pic, it’s awesome.

    December 5, 2010 at 21:02

  29. Now you just have to deal with an excited dog who’s idea of fun isn’t at all the same as yours!

    December 5, 2010 at 21:34

  30. That last photo of Oscar – the contrast of his fur with winter white is so wonderful! Thank goodness the lake was shallow there. I’m afraid you would have plunged in to save him!

    December 6, 2010 at 00:18

  31. That post made me shiver in both ways — Oscar’s adventure scared me and the thought of the snow and ice made me cold. I don’t know whether to wish for more cold and snow for you (for thicker ice) or to just wish that Oscar stays happy on the snowy fields away from the water.

    December 6, 2010 at 00:58

  32. I’m so glad everything turned out all right. How scary for a few minutes, though!

    December 6, 2010 at 02:42

  33. Well look at you, you’ve gone all fancy :))) Gorgeous photos, Fi …. missed you:) xo

    December 6, 2010 at 11:01

  34. Great pictures and post!

    December 6, 2010 at 13:56

  35. Like it. I’m waiting for our pond to finally freeze over and see what my four-footed friend makes of it!

    December 6, 2010 at 14:41

  36. Oh, your pictures are so incredibly beautiful. I know all about scary, thin ice and I’m so glad your baby is okay.

    December 6, 2010 at 14:42

  37. Yikes! Glad to know you didn’t turn into a PUPsicle! haha!

    Wonderful photos!

    December 6, 2010 at 17:13

  38. I love his warm coloring against the white of the snow.

    December 6, 2010 at 19:09

  39. Oscar has personality to spare – he’s a lucky dog roaming in the wild – dogs in the city sniff the sidewalk and that’s it.

    Gorgeous photos.

    December 8, 2010 at 09:07

  40. No way!

    December 8, 2010 at 19:15

  41. These photos are just downright amazing. I want to run with that pup!

    December 9, 2010 at 03:30

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