The dogs go out and just stand in the sun, like little zombies, with pleasure radiating from their faces. They make no effort to do anything but soak it in. Just a few days ago we had -22° and winds so fierce that you could feel the frostbite setting in within a minute or so of exposure. I would let them out to tend to their bizness but wouldn't let them stay out more than a few minutes. No problem with the Boston: for her it was out and back in in record time. The Shorthair wanted to explore but wasn't really all that disappointed when I made her come back in.
This weather is supposed to hang on for about a week more. No complaints from us, that's for sure.
I note that with the worldwide severe winter the AGW people are starting to revise their vocabulary. "Climate change" seems to be replacing "global warming." Some of them are even saying that there is a recess in the GW process and we may have "global cooling" for a while. I never could understand why highly educated scientists seemed uncomfortable with the concept that the earth's climate is always changing and has always been that way. Seems like a no-brainer to me, but what do I know?
What I do know, however, is that it is a very fine day out there and I am going out to my shooting bench and work up some loads for a couple of muzzleloading rifles. So there.