Charlie’s First Snowball

photo taken October 2007

I hope you will forgive me for posting a “re-run” picture today.
I have a lovely inner ear infection which has kept me from taking any new photos of Charlie for a few days – my equilibrium is so out of whack I am walking into walls, and I fear adding a camera and one closed eye to the equation would be a bad idea (for me and the camera).

This photo is one of my favorites – it’s Charlie’s first experience with snow.  This was in the fall of 2007 – it hadn’t yet snowed in the valley (though it was cold and frosty), but it had snowed on the mountain. Mike was on the mountain one day and made this giant snowball for Charlie, put it in the back of his truck, and delivered it to us.

As you can see, Charlie tentatively explored the giant snowball, and then, when it was deemed “friend,” not “foe,” he pranced around it, licked it, bit it, rolled on it, and had a grand time.  He still loves snow so much!

one year ago: Day In The Life
two years ago: Fairytale
three years ago: Just A Taste
four years ago: Sometimes He’s Sulky
five years ago: Trying To Catch A Snowflake
six years ago: Grovelling For Acceptance
seven years ago: Horizon Fire

11 Responses to “Charlie’s First Snowball”

  1. Vee Says:

    What a wonderful, evocative photo.
    (Hope you get your balance back soon, Shreve)

  2. Steph in Oregon Says:

    This is such a great photo!
    I hope you feel better soon.

  3. torre Says:

    I love this picture! so fun! and boo on inner ear infection and balance issues. pictures back in time are fun too!

  4. dailycoyote Says:

    Thanks for the well-wishes; I am happy to report the ailment mentioned above is long gone! The pictures posted here are on a “delay” after the email subscription pics (info here: )
    so, the text I wrote in early December…… :)
    And yes, Charlie is SO CUTE!

  5. m.v. Says:

    And Charlie says to Mike: “um…where’s the rest of the snowman? There is no way this is a snowball.”

  6. Karen Says:

    Darling picture!!! I’m glad your balance is back… no more walking into walls—-

  7. mj Says:

    There’s a reason for the phrase “oldies but goodies”. And this is definitely a goody! Love the lighting, Charlie’s expression and Mike’s thoughtfulness to provide Charlie with a new toy!

    Glad to know that the ear infection is a thing of the past too!

    Stay well.

  8. Maggie Says:

    Aww I LOVE this photo and the story behind it! I’m so sorry about your ear infection though. I hope you feel better soon!

  9. mlaiuppa Says:

    Ramses will be 11 in February and still hasn’t experienced snow. I haven’t taken him to swim in the bay either. I feel so guilty.

    Charlie is such a lucky guy.

  10. Sherri Says:

    Great picture, you caught his hesitant body language perfectly. Glad you’re feeling better.

  11. michelle Says:

    so happy to see charlie is doing great….just so epic that he has been such a great companion..your pictures are all enjoyed and thank you…wish i could shop more……i have many of your beautiful things however from couple of years ago….your life seems so perfect to many of us…i pretty much live with lots of animals and care for them…but in the rain in seattle area…..wouldn’t have it any other way…hugs to all your critters…camp cuneo….warm beach, washington

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