Monday, 22 December 2014

The shortest day, and how to spot a black dog in the night

Yesterday was the shortest day, or the winter solstice, and it's a day I look forward to every year.

Today we get an extra second of daylight - a whole second! - but this soon begins to snowball everyday until those extra seconds turn into minutes. Then, before you know it the clocks go forward and we're back in the realm of longer days, shorter nights and the feeling that there is more time to do the things we've been putting off all winter.

At this time of year I like to check the daylight times everyday.  There's something very comforting about seeing the extra minutes of daylight added to each day.  I don't suffer from S.A.D. but it's reassuring to know that brighter days are coming.

One of things I hate about the dark days is having to drive to and from work in the dark  (although changes are afoot in that respect) and of course it also means that I have to walk the dog when it's still pitch black outside. But that's the thing about having a dog - you get to witness the changing seasons, including the less than good weather. It doesn't always feel like an advantage when its cold, windy, wet, or icy, but I try to convince myself that it is.

One of the problems of walking Tessie in the dark is that she's black so it's hard to see where she is.

But no more! We were sent some lovely doggy Christmas presents from Fetch, including this Hi-Vis greyhound coat.  I have to admit that Tessie seemed reluctant to put it on at first, but it's brilliant for spotting her when she wanders off-lead in the park.   Just look at the difference:

It's waterproof, windproof, and has a warm fleece lining to keep her warm.  I'm impressed, but Tessie's still not sure about it.

She was much more positive about these doggy treats though, particularly the venison chew sticks which she absolutely loves. And popcorn for dogs? I've seen everything now.

Are you looking forward to the lighter days?  And do you buy your pet a Christmas present?

Disclosure:  we were sent these items for review purposes, but words and opinions are mine (and Tessie's).