Haiku by Dog: Loving the Snow and All Its Possibilities

Snows turns my dogs into wise philosophers. Let's hear some of their poetry.

Susan C. Willett  |  Feb 10th 2015


There’s something magical about snow. It makes my dogs bounce and zoom and leap for joy. Jasper jumps around like a bouncy tiger. Lilah buries her face in the snow and comes up looking like a sugar-frosted chocolate donut. And Tucker runs, jumps, digs, and chases everyone and everything. Because. Snow.

Their joy is quite contagious. And while I don’t stick my face in the snow, I’ll run with the dogs, make snowballs for them to chase, and don snowshoes to tromp around our yard or hike in the woods with them.

Snow turns my dogs into canine philosophers, too. There’s something appealing about the tempting emptiness of a untrodden yard full of snow. Just ask Tucker.

Lilah, whose long black fur can be a burden in the hot summer, loves the cold of winter — though she can do without the snowballs that clump in between her toes. Still, snow brings out her contemplative side.

Because she’s the shortest of my three dogs, Lilah sometimes has more of a challenge maneuvering through the deepest snow. It’s never stopped her, though. I’ve seen her bounce her way across the yard, sometimes disappearing into drifts, only to pop right back out again.

Snow can bring out the best in my dogs. How do your dogs like snow? Share a story in the comments — or write a haiku.

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About the author: Susan C. Willett is a writer, photographer, and blogger whose award-winning original stories, photography, poetry, and humor can be found at Life With Dogs and Cats. She lives in New Jersey with three dogs and four cats (all rescues) and at least a couple of humans — all of whom provide inspiration for her work. Refusing to take sides in the interweb’s dogs vs. cats debate, Susan enjoys observing the interspecies interaction among the varied inhabitants of her home — like living in a reality TV show, only furrier. In addition to Life With Dogs and Cats, you can find more Lilah, Jasper, and Tucker (and the rest of the gang) on Haiku by Dog™, Haiku by Cat™, and Dogs and Cats Texting.