It was 18 degrees last night with about an inch of snow. That is just way too cold to stand out in the dark for four hours and listen to dogs run. It sure beats just sitting around the house though. And really, it didn't even seem cold. The colder temperatures are great for the dogs too.
A few months ago, the whole idea of standing out in the dark for four hours with 18 degree temperatures and ten mile an hour wind would have seemed crazy. There is no way anyone would do that. Now, towards the end of winter, it doesn't really seem like that big of a deal. It doesn't really seem that cold.
I am sure before we know it, winter will take a break and dogs will be struggling to survive in their winter coats. They will think 60 degrees is flaming hot and will drink water by the gallons. I can see them coming in with tongues out, panting like crazy. But by the end of the summer, 60 degrees will feel cool and won't even bother them.
It is amazing how dogs can adapt to the conditions. They obviously like colder temperatures better. You can just watch how they move and how sharp they seem. The same dogs on a summer day will come drooping in acting like they are ready to die. With some running though, they can adapt to almost anything.
The dogs ran great last night. They have run on snow enough this winter to start to adapt. The rabbits too have adapted to the winter conditions. Put it together and dump out in a big clearcut and it ends up being a night of nonstop chases.
I ran Tony, Butcher, Gypsy, and Chip. Jeff Allen ran Fangs, Danger, Wes, and Force.