Annie our dog has been acting very strange today. Normally she has a very large fenced area to run in but since we have so much snow she just walks over the fence so we have had to tie her as we received one warning already from the Village Dog Catcher.
I took her for a walk this morning, very gingerly on the packed ice, even with my cleats I was a bit stiff legged, which I know is the worse thing to do as I am more likely to fall, but I can't seem to help it, but we got home without event. My husband took her for a longer outing this afternoon, into the bush and he said she wouldn't go far from him, whereas usually she rushes all over the place. Later when she was out in the front driveway where we have had to tie her she was frantic so I brought here in and calmed her down. She stayed in for a quite a long time and then asked to go out about half an hour ago and just now I heard her whimpering so I checked and she is shaking like a leaf, so I brought here in again. She feels vunerable on that blasted cord and I expect there is a large cat prowling around.
We do get mountain lions here but I have never seen one, although we have seen lynx so it could be that, and they would be no fun to tangle with either. Hunting is getting difficult in the deep snow for the predators, maybe they are coming closer to human habitation to try for easier pickings. Coyotes, wolves and other dogs and even bears she'll tackle but a large cat is another thing altogether.
Our mild spell is over and it drops to -18C tonight and stays below freezing now for a while although we have sunshine forecast every day, but the roads will be deadly until we have a some snow on them for traction.