I don’t normally post on the weekend but I wanted to continue the weather theme started by the Show us your weather! carnival.
This is a picture of how our Jackal, and her best friend (the tiger puppet who she carries to her spot by the fire every morning) are dealing with winter.
The temperature is hovering around 10°c here at best. The days have been sunny, but it is that deceptive sun, lots of bright, not much oomph.
Jack is dealing with the cold by living within a body length of the fire at all times, unless eating or zooming out to answer the call of nature.
Here I am showing Jack looking quite stricken, her ears are back and she is pretending not to be able to see me. Why? Because she thinks I am going to move her on from her spot in front of the fire, where the temperature hovers around boiling.
I call her a carpet dog, she is not a garden dog like all the others in the neighbourhood, She likes to be comfy and warm, with a teddy nearby at all times, looking at the outside world though a window, the fire at her back.
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The nights here are very cold at the moment so our canine family member, The Jackal*, spends as much time as possible glued to the hearth in front of the blisteringly hot fire. She seems immune to the heat and we worry about her catching fire.
No, this isn’t an overprotective reaction on our behalf, the idiot actually singed her tail yesterday, the smell of burning fur was the first indicator anything was going wrong as a happy girl stood with her wagging tail swiping the glass of the door…
Her silliness stirred me to look for similar events in the past. This is the first time I have looked for a specific kind of event and been unable to find one! I think this could mean that she is exceptionally silly. 😉
I found many dog/fire articles, often dogs were the cause of fires much like this one in 1935. A playful young dog snatched a burning stick out of a fire and took off with it, spreading the fire far further than was originally intended. Fortunately the fire brigade was able to get the flames under control before they got to a nearby shop.
In other tales of dogs and fires sleeping canines were tripped over, causing burning lamps or candles to be spilled, but the majority of tales were of brave pooches saving their owners when fires broke out.
Sadly for us I don’t ever see the Jackal performing such a heroic act. She may well be cause of the fire but I will expect her time will be spent getting close as possible to the heat instead of warning us of impending danger!
*Our dog is tiny and very cute so being called The Jackal is entirely wrong for her, that is why it sticks…