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01/22/13 Mud

January 22nd 2013 5:57 pm
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Hi pals,

We have had about 20” of snow dumped on us in the last month or so. Not knowing what is expected of them, the humans, well actually momma, has shoveled walk paths for us but that is about all – keep in mind that we are all from sunny California so dealing with snow is not something that they have ever had to deal with.

Anyhow, the day before yesterday, momma was outside trying to widen one of the snow paths and she slipped and fell on her knees onto some hard ice. Momma came limping back into the house and daddy cleaned up her knee and then went outside and axed the ice where she fell away.

Today, the humans had an appointment in Gallup to have the cracked windshield on daddy’s truck replaced. They left bright and early this morning but when they got back well into the afternoon hours, the sun had melted more ice and a lot of the 8 mile road leading into our property was nothing more than muddy slush. The truck was slipping and sliding all over the road. Momma left out a sigh when daddy was pulling the truck into our driveway when all of a sudden it went sideways and got stuck in the muck. Yup, once again daddy got the truck stuck. The front end of the truck was on our property but part of the tail end was hanging out into the one lane community road. Momma and daddy had to lug the groceries up our long driveway while slipping and sinking down into mud. You should have seen them, both had mud all over them and somehow daddy even managed to cake all his keys in it too – BOL, BOL. Daddy managed to get the truck unstuck and drove it up to the house.

Does anyone have any experience with driving a non-4 wheel drive in such conditions? Would it have helped had he had the snow chains on? Is there a trick for driving in the muck? Any tips/help offered sure would be helpful.

Hugs and kisses,

Coco Rose

 
Barked by: ♥ Anya ♥ (Dogster Member)

January 23rd 2013 at 4:04 am

Coco Rose - we just know how to drive in snow, not the muck! Glad your pawrents are safe, especially your Mom!

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Barked by: Misty (Psst on the right) (Dogster Member)

January 23rd 2013 at 5:33 am

Whoa! You are doing all this in 2 wheel drive? Even Mom from Seattle is BOL. No wonder the 5 wheel chain 'sperience.

So what Mom tells me from her days of youth and Seattle has some mud experience. Also she says she knows lots about power line roads in the country. BOL.

1. 4 X 4. Only apply after you are stuck in 2. Sorry that may not apply to you.

2. Knobby tires - for the mud, not chains. They will just pack up with mud and make a slippery rolling mess, gunk up and then break.

3. Slow and low on the power: to slug through the glunck.

4. Sometimes if you are slipping you might want to just punch it (course this might only work with dirt bikes and youth). Lots of times you just need that one bit of bite.

5. Winch on front, hook to rear.

Stay safe on the roads and in the cold weather.
Barked by: BUTTERCUP * Moms Angel Girl * (Dogster Member)

January 23rd 2013 at 8:09 am

COCO what an adventure..I say your mommy is a great sport ! my pal that moved out there also finally gave up and bought a 4 wheel vehicle .. they go into Gallup also .. i bet you aren't far from each other. They also go to Farmington . I think both places are about 30 -45 minute drives for them .. are you anywhere close? They have a darling maltese, along with 3 other doggies and a donkey .. maybe when the weather gets better you could meet. Stay warm .. and tell mommy to be careful when she goes out !
Barked by: ✨ Whitley ✨ (Dogster Member)

January 23rd 2013 at 9:23 am

OMD - dat sounds like a real pain. Momma are not much help since all she does is drive around suburbia and Dallas in a Mustang, BOL! Good luck!
Barked by: ✨ Finley ✨ (Dogster Member)

January 23rd 2013 at 9:30 am

Ditto, Whitley... but I might look into trading the current vehicle in on a four-wheel drive one....
Momma is no good with the cold... if it snows here, she don't leave da house until it melts..BOL!
Hope your Momma feels better-- dat ice sounds painful!
Barked by: Abby - Forever Loved (Dogster Member)

January 23rd 2013 at 1:29 pm

Oh my, I think a 4 wheel drive vehicle is in your future. We know how to drive on snow, but muck is another thing. Hoping you get a very early spring!
Barked by: Amazing Grace (Dogster Member)

January 23rd 2013 at 7:56 pm

We assumed all this time it was 4x4...no wonder all the
troubles....Misty has left you the correct information....
We agree with it all........We do contend with mud off and on.
When serious the 4x4 is necessary....Gma's Chevy Impala won't do heavy duty mud or muck or slushy mucky mud. Here Icy county roads are still worse than muck. NO traction in solid thick ice. Gma prays and drives about 5 mph to make the 6m up the gravel road. The gravel is usually better than pavement with ice.

Slow going is important.....We so sorry your having so much trouble. We sure you will be glad when Jan. is over too????
We can't wait for Jan. to leave...Hasn't been heavy snowfall.
It's the Alberta Clippers and temps., everywhere trashing my Gma.

Great Grandma told us they now make paw safe stuff for patios and sidewalks for your furry paws... Can't loosen up the ice.
We have an Ice Bar that you bust ice with. A torch that runs on a BBQ 20 lb. LP tank.... You melt it with torch and push the water off with a big shop broom.

let's pray for an early spring! kisses,mazy
Barked by: Ebony Ursula (Dogster Member)

January 24th 2013 at 2:18 am

BOL! My oh my how you's cracks Mommy up with you's entries! She said that if you had neighbors right next to you they'd be lookin' out the window shaking their heads saying, "Oh Lord! Will you look at what these crazy Californians have done NOW!"
Barked by: Ebony Ursula (Dogster Member)

January 24th 2013 at 2:18 am

BOL! My oh my how you's cracks Mommy up with you's entries! She said that if you had neighbors right next to you they'd be lookin' out the window shaking their heads saying, "Oh Lord! Will you look at what these crazy Californians have done NOW!"
Barked by: Angel Sassy Foxie (Dogster Member)

January 24th 2013 at 6:22 am

How close is that nearest neighbor?????????The 1 you thought looked strange and was walking through the brush or woodsy area???? Anymore cows visit??????

 

Coco Rose


 

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