Murray bringing Marshall back to Mark after his 'walk'.
This morning, our neighbour called to say that Marshall, our son's 13 year old dog, was at his door. I was flabbergasted as Marshall lives down the road at our son's (he lived here for 11 years), is about 99% blind and 90% deaf. Thankfully Murray was home because of the impending blizzard and walked over to get Marshall. I called Mark and he came up to collect him. When I called Mark I said "Are you missing a dog?" (he has 3) and he said "Yeah, I've been looking all over for him and figured he went on his 'death walk'". Marshall is 13 and failing in health so we expect he could just wander off any day now to die in peace. Poor thing. I told Mark where Marshall was and to come and get him. He couldn't believe he made it this far without getting hit or lost. Neither could we! Why does a dog, or any other animal, do that? How do they 'know' where they're going? Do they know where they're going? Was he just walking and wandering trying to find home again? Or was he coming 'home' to us to say good bye? It makes my heart sad to know that he could have walked and walked and gotten totally lost and that would be the end. On top of it all, he didn't have his collar and tags on! Our neighbour used a belt for a collar and leash so Murray could get him home as he was rather uncooperative. It's hard to steer a blind/deaf animal.
Marshall at home 3 weeks ago.
Just before the blizzard started here we could see it coming toward us in the valley at about 11:49 am.
This is one hour later with the wind blowing the snow. I noted the potentilla shrub which is already almost buried under 3 feet of snow. We'll see what it looks like tomorrow when the storm is over. They are calling this blizzard a "blizzacane" as the winds that are accompanying it are almost hurricane force along the coast of Nova Scotia. There will be between 10 and 60 cm. of snow falling in the Atlantic Provinces with this storm, depending on where you live. We might get 10 - 20 cm. here but the strong winds will make drifting bad. And there's a possibility of another snowstorm on the weekend with even more snow. Unreal!
So I am very very thankful to my neighbour for spying Marshall in his yard this morning or who knows what would have happened to him in this blizzard. I don't even want to think about it. If you have a pet then you know how I feel.
Marshall in May 2012, where he loves to be.
I am very thankful that Marshall is home and safe from the storm.