Drifting Into Winter Days

photo taken October 2009 • title thanks to Cher

one year ago: Altered States
two years ago: Puplet

Love love love your entries!  Thankyou!  Runner-Ups are:
Chuck Frost
White H2O, Tan CyOt
When Fall Fell
Sniffed Through the Drift
Snow Daze
White Space
Autumn Springs A Snow Fall
Snow Poke
Furry Flurry
Falling Into Winter
Snow Wonder
Nosin’ the Frozen

• • • On the last day of September we got our first snow of the year, and lots of it.  Everyone was befuddled by the early, sudden snow, even the pups!  Please entertain me as I lie here sick in bed by leaving your title, caption, or Charlie thought bubble in the comment section of this post.  Do so, and you will automatically be in the running to win a Wyoming care package: an assortment of 100-million-year-old dahlites (click here & scroll down to see them) and an arrowhead handknapped by MC!

224 Responses to “Drifting Into Winter Days”

  1. Suzy Says:



    Where are my elf legs?

    Frosty paws

  2. Eileen Says:

    Snow Trackin’

    Catching a Scent

    Snow Catcher

    The Snow Tracker

    Fairy Dust

  3. Claudia Says:

    What is this stuff???

  4. Kit.e Says:

    “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. And miles to go before I sleep.” -Stopping by woods on a snowy evening. Robert Frost


    Winter pelt, or pelted by winter?

    Jack frost nipping at your nose.

  5. Sandy Says:

    My white earmuffs… I just had them a minute ago.

  6. Christy Says:

    Fanged & Footed Feather

  7. Laura Says:

    Suddenly, Snow!

    What a beautiful picture. It looks like Charlie is flying.

  8. Jia En Says:

    I have no caption for this but just wanted to say take care and get well soon! :)

  9. simone Says:

    Follow your snowse!

    Take care, and get well soon, Shreve.

  10. Beth aka EweMama Says:

    I second Jia En’s comment – Get Well SOON, Shreve!

    But I DO have captions to enter -

    Digging For Dahlites! (LOL)

    What Happened To The Green Stuff?

    WHY Are My Paws Stuck To The Ground?

    Eli, Are You Down There?

    (Snicker, snicker) Should I Leave Yellow Snow?

    Chloe! SNOW! (a very short rhyme, or sort of)

    Searching For M.C.’s Hammer

    Drifting Away (only if there were drifts around …)

    SnowHound (Oh, wait, that should have been if Chloe was in the photo – LOL)

    Hey, Baby! I Need To Be Steered Homeward!

    But .. It’s Even Worse In Florida! LOL

    Making Tracks When The Snow Flies …

  11. Paul Says:

    No business like snow business

  12. Sandy Says:

    “COLD. wet. COLD. wet….”

  13. Jim Says:

    The nose snows.

  14. Dana Says:

    Following the scent of a snow snake


    See, I told you there were snow snakes!!!

  15. David W Says:

    I know it’s under here somewhere…

  16. David W Says:

    It oughta be right about here…

  17. Kristine Says:

    MUST NOT eat Yellow Snow!!!!

    Where did the tracks go?

    Man, my nose is cold!!!!

  18. Wife of a Sailor Says:

    Totally Snowed

  19. Wife of a Sailor Says:

    Ugh, hit enter before I was done.

    In addition to the “Totally Snowed”:

    “Totally Snowed by the Snow”
    “There’s No Business like Snow Business”

  20. Susan Says:

    Where’s the yellow brick road?

  21. Mike Bailey Says:

    Do I remember this?

  22. Yaara Says:

    S’no moose leg here…

  23. James Says:

    Where My Keys At??

  24. Bess Says:

    Avoiding the yellow snow

    Coyote en blanc

  25. Bethrusso Says:

    A frosted flake.

  26. Mary Says:

    Well I’ll just have to wait till spring to find that treasure I left out overnight! Now how long is it till spring? Should I just start digging holes all over till I find it? Darn! It would have been so much easier to bring it in like I was told!

  27. Janet Says:

    Its a Snow Wonder

  28. JeannieB3 Says:

    I wonder if she smells what I smell . . . .

  29. Lydia Says:

    White Powdered Bliss

  30. Tina Says:

    Snow Angel

  31. nancy Says:

    Snow scents

  32. Bethrusso Says:

    Sniffed through the drift.

  33. lindsey Says:

    Pure Snow! Do you know the street value of this stuff???

  34. Bethrusso Says:

    Snowy sans Chloe.

  35. Alice Says:

    Rhapsody in White

  36. saxon Says:


  37. Diane Says:

    The Nose Knows Where Eli Goes…

  38. Charlene Says:

    Oh man! This stuff again already?

    Hope you feel better really soon, Shreve! I’ll send you some chicken soup vibes.

  39. Kelly Says:

    No Two Alike (he looks like he’s comparing snowflakes, he’s looking at them so intently!).

  40. ktbug ladydid Says:

    Chuck Frost
    Dew Drop Charlie
    Sniffing the drift

  41. Jeanne Wohl Says:

    I thought I put it right here……..

  42. Alex Says:

    I just love the way this white stuff accents my coat!

    A speedy recovery to you Shreve.

  43. Trebor Says:

    Snow Patrol

  44. karen Says:

    I could have sworn I parked the sleigh right here!

  45. Scott Says:

    Reading The News

  46. Angela Says:

    I Remember This Stuff.

  47. kelly Says:

    Wishing for Spring

  48. kelly Says:

    When Fall Fell

  49. PJackson Says:

    NEVER eat yellow snow!

  50. Marg Says:

    Ice cream??????????

  51. E.Jolie Says:

    Snow Gazer

  52. E.Jolie Says:

    Reading the Latest News

  53. Kathy W Says:

    Sniffing Sn-oders

  54. Theresa Szpila Says:

    To the vole: “I smell you!”


    Anticipating yum-yums – snow-capped vole for breakfast!

  55. Heather L Says:

    Two-Steppin through the Snow

    Sticking Out Like a Sore Thumb

  56. Nancy Says:

    Must put up a sign. Missing Moose…

    Who ate my breadcrumbs to find my way back to my Moose?

    This stuff goes right up the snoz and its cold…..

    Feel better Shreve!!

  57. Heather L Says:

    Wary Coyote

  58. Laura Says:

    The Snow Must Go On!!

  59. Dave Z. Says:

    It’s Snow Wonder

  60. Laura Says:

    It’s Snow Time

  61. Susan Says:

    snow angel

  62. Deidre Says:

    I may not be able to see you under that white stuff but I can still hear and smell you!!!

  63. Laura Says:

    PreScent (present) Mystery

    Snow Time Like the Present

  64. Patti Says:

    Charlie and the snow factory.

  65. ursula Says:

    Powdered Yote…

    snowy delight….

  66. Barbara S. Says:

    Calendar Reminder: Get Out the Winter Coat!

  67. Cheryl Says:

    “Nosin’ Round’
    “Its thawing, I swear its thawing.”
    “I think its here.”
    “Remind me not to leave the moose out when it snows”
    “Take the picture already, its cold out here.”
    “I didn’t move, I can’t move.”
    “Spring is when?!!!

  68. Pam Says:

    “On the Trail Again”

  69. Karen O. Says:



  70. D'Ann Says:

    Shreve–”Charlie, I told you about eating yellow snow”!

  71. Heather L Says:

    Walk ing on Thin Ice

    As Pure as Snow

    Charlie’s Got Cold Feet

  72. Heather L Says:

    Charlie on a Blank Canvas

  73. Patty Says:

    You put your left paw in and put your left paw out. Do the Snow-key Pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about.

  74. Susan Says:

    S’nose to the ground

  75. LHays Says:

    Cold Paws, Warm Heart
    Paws for Snow

  76. Jenny C Says:

    All points snow-ward.

    White playground of delights

    Throw in a few of those Eli-type stretches as you snuggle up in bed with your entertainment-on-demand… and get better soon, Shreve.

  77. BeckyMonster Says:

    Hey wait a minute, I left my elk leg RIGHT HERE! Now where is it? CHLOE?!?!??!?!!

  78. Laurie "Wo" Smith Says:

    No two flakes are the same…

  79. Heather L Says:

    Cold Nose, Warm Heart

    Cool Hand Charlie

  80. Tina Says:

    Cool Runnings

  81. Heather L Says:

    Cool Dude

  82. D'Ann Says:

    Snow Hound
    Snow Bound Hound

  83. Angela Says:

    Walking on Snowy Sunshine

  84. melissa Says:

    “This stuff is scents-less”.

  85. Lissa T Says:

    Treading Whitely

    Feel better! :)

  86. Jill Says:

    Into the Great White Open

    This photo also reminds me of the song “Snowflakes” by Just Jack. It might be something interesting to check out while you’re huddled in bed!

  87. Jackie Brown Says:

    “Ah snow this will only make it easier to track you my pretty”

  88. Kathy Says:

    “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

  89. SuthernJazzmyn Says:

    Its the most “un-wonderful” time of the year….where our toeses and noses frezze in the breeze….
    (Sung to the most wonderful time of the year Christmas song)

    Get Well Soon Shreve!!! I know its cliche’ to say chicken noodle soup…bu,t my skeptic side was taught a lesson when I was sick a few weeks ago…thats all I wanted to eat!

  90. Sandra Says:

    Flocked Frock

  91. D'Ann Says:

    “I’m looking over a four leaf clover…; well I was just the other day…”!

  92. Eija Says:

    Snow Nose

    The sweet smell of virgin snow

    Hay, I like this white stuff

    Snow framed Charlie

    That lovely ‘nose-eyes-ears’-triangle in snow

  93. Shari Says:

    Red, white, and without a clue (as to where this white stuff came from)

  94. Paul Says:


    Snow Yodeler

  95. Anastasia Says:

    Into the Nothing
    A Whiter Shade of White
    White Space
    ( Hope you’re feeling better soon. )

  96. Heidi Says:

    Snow Kissed Perfection!

  97. Penny Says:

    Slim snout sniffing in the snow..

  98. Kathleen Says:

    on the trail of a little girl in a red cape

  99. Barbara Says:

    S’now what????

  100. D'Ann Says:

    The Kong must be here somewhere…

  101. Wendy B Says:

    Howdy from the Idaho side…

    “And finally Winter, with its bitin’, whinin’ wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow.”
    - ‘Hangin’ Judge Roy Bean’

    …or “Sniff, sniff…tap, tap…who left this track?”

    Get well soon.

  102. KRae Says:

    I know I burried that elf leg somewhere!

  103. D'Ann Says:

    Charlie and the Snowflake Factory
    Snowflake Inspector

  104. Tiny Tyrant Says:

    But I left that moose leg RIGHT HERE!

  105. Eve Says:

    Rushin’ Winter

  106. Angela Says:


  107. hpmama Says:

    His white delight

  108. Rhedrose Says:

    The Upside-Downness of Snow (for Charlie)

    By feathers falling
    from sky-scented clouds
    my fragrant earth is hidden

    I step carefully
    on the cold invisible birds

  109. Farmer Lady Says:

    “Where’s that chicken soup for Shreve…. I know I left it somewhere around here…” Charlie thinks to himself as he searches for ways to make Shreve feel better.
    “Maybe she’d like an Elf leg, instead. Hmmmm now where is that?? Chloe?? Where did you bury that Elf leg? Mom needs it!”

    sorry your feeling ill!

    Walk softly in the snow

    TipToe Coyote, through the snow

  110. Janet in NYC Says:

    Paw prints in the snow

  111. Barbara S. Says:


  112. Emmy D Says:

    Did I nose-dive into Heaven?

  113. Pat Says:

    I left my moose leg somewhere around here……

  114. Diane Says:

    “I took the road less traveled, and that made all the difference….”

    I can’t explain it, but my first thought was of Robert Frost and this just fit.
    Hope you’ll feel better soon!

  115. Sara Says:

    It’s Sweater Weather!

  116. Jonathan Says:

    This Nose Knows Snows

  117. Jonathan Says:


  118. Martha Says:

    I think I hear a mouse under there.

  119. Liza Lundell Says:

    Snowy toes!

  120. Suzette Says:

    Autumn Springs a Snow Fall

  121. Jo Says:

    ” prancin’ through the snow….tryin’ to find the hay….”

  122. lynn Says:

    “Today’s forecast calls for snow, with a light dusting of coyote.”

  123. Betsy Says:

    searching for buried treasures

  124. sybann Says:


    (Wipe the feet – dirty mind!)

  125. Kathleen Says:

    Charlie the coyote’s frosted flakes

  126. Karyn Says:

    Snow Deep in Thought

    Powder Puzzled Pup

    He looks like he’s thinking “I don’t remember ordering a snow cone…”

  127. b Says:

    Chilly Charlie

  128. Gail Says:

    CSI: Coyote Snow Investigator

  129. Isobel Says:

    How’s a guy meant to find anything interestin’ with all this white stuff around?

  130. heather em Says:

    “Into the White”

    (other lyrics “And there ain’t no day/And there ain’t no night”)

  131. Tia Says:

    Snow Gold

  132. I-Ching Says:

    Snow Drifter

    “My winter coat isn’t ready yet!”

  133. bonnie Says:


    Just Dropping In.

  134. maureen Says:

    powder puff

  135. Tinare Says:

    Walking in a winter wonderland.

  136. Debby Ziegler Says:

    Don’t worry, I’m coming!

  137. Jeska Says:

    There’s snow place like home.

  138. Dena Says:

    eeeewwww! Snow between my toes!

  139. Dori Says:

    Must resend all pee-mail!

  140. Angie P Says:

    Coyote toes in the snows

  141. Yvonne Says:

    Hmmm…wow….Netflix’s “watch instantly” section and 30Rock is still cooler.

  142. Stephanie Says:


  143. Pam Says:

    The grass is greener–where is it??

    Feel better!

  144. Rick Says:

    Rodent, rodent, who’s got the rodent?

  145. Felis Sidus Says:

    Tiptoe Through The New Snow

  146. Heather L Says:



  147. Patr Says:

    Wyoming Dandriff!

  148. Randomvoyeur Says:


  149. Barbie Says:

    “Snow Poke”

  150. stacy Says:

    I can hear it – where is it?

  151. Barbara R Says:

    Snow dancing

  152. meghan Says:

    Charlie Thought bubble “Global warming my furry little butt!”

  153. Holly Says:

    White out!

    Cold on the Paws

    At least you don`t have to worry about salt getting in between the pads. Just pure snow.
    Hope you feel better soon. Times like this, you need homemade chicken soup. Always makes me feel so much better.

  154. Scarlet Seraph Says:

    Snow Daze

  155. Michelle Shyman Says:

    Many have passed here before me.

  156. sal Says:

    Snow dazed snow day

  157. The Girl Nerd Says:

    …had to walk uphill both ways in the snow!

  158. Judy Says:

    Coyote a la mode.

  159. Teresa Says:

    I hate mices to pieces!

  160. Marquand Says:

    - Tracking tracks
    - A September Mystery
    - Cold Case
    - A Paw Print Pause
    - Do you see what I see?

  161. Angela Says:

    I like the “frosty paws” suggestion in the first post! : )

    Hope you’re feeling better.

    I also wonder whether you have a P.O. Box so *we* can send you care packages! : ) If so, please feel free to email me!

    I’m going home sick myself now, actually. Feel better!


  162. DeeBee Says:

    Nose ‘N Snow

  163. Liz Says:

    Powdered Pup

    Now where was that elk leg I had put here before it snowed…

    Feel better Shreve! I just had a bad headcold myself this weekend…no fun…

  164. Danielle Says:

    Yip & Yang


  165. Julia Says:

    Stealth is a virtue.

  166. MK Ray Says:

    nosin’ the frozen

  167. Alyse Finlayson Says:

    hmmmm… layer one; snow smell; layer two ground smell; layer three; 5 day old pee ala mouse, layer four; my PEE on top of mouse pee! Yeah! layer 5; hmmmmm…….nice! buried chip off of one week -old deer leg…. oooooo aroooooo! Follow that scent!

  168. Alyse Finlayson Says:

    Get well soon!

  169. Veronica Lelchuk Says:

    I knew I left that golf ball around here some where….

  170. Trudy Says:

    Changing of the seasons not my reasons.

  171. Karen Says:

    The Wonder of it All

  172. Julie Says:

    Knee deep…

  173. Y McLaren Says:

    September Snow
    Suddenly Snow

  174. Jay Says:

    “And Charlie, with his coyote-feet ice cold in the snow,
    stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? ”

    =P Word play on Grinch excerpt.

  175. Charley Says:

    I’d take the road less traveled–if I could find it!

  176. Beth Says:

    “On the snow my steps are slow” (D.H. Lawrence)

    The snow and the soft, crisp step

    To never miss a chance, no matter how hidden


    In Scents

    Snow Go

  177. Arielle Says:

    Winter in September? But it’s snow early!

  178. quinn Says:

    I know I left that moose leg around here somewhere…

  179. Kati Says:

    I love this stuff !!
    If Charlie was looking up I bet he’d be smiling!!
    My wolfdogs love the snow and I have some pictures
    of them actually smiling and catching snowflakes on their tongues.

  180. sal Says:

    Days of snow and noses

  181. Christine Says:

    snow stalking


    snow stalker

  182. Astro-Horse Says:

    Sudden Snow Sniffer

    The Wabbit Went This Way!

    Snowflake Alert!

    Hope you feel better Shreve! :)

  183. D'Ann Says:

    Diving into Winter a little too early

  184. the3soups Says:

    Snow What?

  185. Ruedigar Says:

    Everything Emptying Into White (courtesy of Cat Stevens, “Into White”).

  186. Alice Says:

    Didn’t have time to read through all the entries today so hopefully this hasn’t already been said.

    There’s no business like snow business.

    Hope you are feeling better soon Shreve.

  187. Tina Says:

    “The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event”

  188. rcktgrl88 Says:

    Pause it, paws, posit.

  189. Mark Gustafson Says:

    Keeping my nose to the ………. snow?

  190. Lindsay Says:

    Pure Fluff

  191. Devin Says:

    Falling in to Winter

  192. ln Says:

    White Out.




    “Where is MY snowball?”



  195. Rebecca Says:

    He ‘knows’ an early snowfall

    White H2O, Tan CyOt





  197. Camille Says:

    Pupsicle, Flash-frozen Coyote, Powdered Pup, Confectioner’s Coyote(IF the snow is powdery/soft- LOVE confectioner’s sugar!), etc.
    He looks like he’s enjoying the weather!

  198. Julia Says:

    White Gold

    But I’ll second the Robert Frost :)

  199. Barbara R Says:

    Charlie supposes there’s roses in snowses,
    And so he exposes his toeses to same

    ( singin’ in the rain ref ; )

  200. Cathy Says:

    Frosty Coyote

    Charlie’s Nose Knows Snow

  201. Lisa Says:

    white knight.

  202. Heather Says:

    A Study of White

  203. Anonymous Says:

    S-Knowing Look

    All Things White and Wonderful (tribute to James Herriot)

  204. Kathy Says:

    Walking in the white light.

  205. mlaiuppa Says:

    Mocha latté with extra foam.

  206. mlaiuppa Says:

    On top of ol’ Charlie….all covered with snow…..

  207. Suzy Says:

    Where is the snowplow? I can’t find anything!

  208. Lary Says:

    I love the profile of a coyote

    pointedly curious

  209. Cher Says:

    Drifting into winter days….

  210. Bernice Says:

    Snowky Pokey

  211. Django Says:

    Downward Facing Coyote

  212. Therese Says:

    He’d been drinkin’ too much eggnog, and we begged him not to go…

  213. mlaiuppa Says:

    Furry flurry.

  214. mlaiuppa Says:

    “I know I left that elf leg here somewhere.”

  215. Siobhan Says:

    Tracking or Tracker

    I don’t have much to offer, just hope you feel better soon!

  216. Tara Says:

    Charlie “nose” his snow

  217. Roxie Says:

    Scent Unseen

  218. Becky Says:

    Eli? Is that you under there?

    Get better, Shreve!!!

  219. SuzyS Says:

    l’homme dans la neige (man of the snow)


    Frosty snow man

  220. vicka Says:

    Not my camouflage

  221. Jen Johnson Says:

    Just a little frosting

  222. MHA Says:

    I know I dropped my keys around here somewhere…

  223. Eija Says:

    Canis latrans snow plow

    Shreve’s ‘neve’ coyote

    Neve cane

  224. Lizard Says:

    I missed getting a chance to name it cause I was reading your book while getting a tattoo. I am HORRIFIED of needles, but your book is so well written that I hardly noticed.. I was too busy hanging out in a warm log cabin with a coyote pup and grumpy Eli!

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