Snow boots

We had about a 2.5 inches (6+ cm) of snow in Chicago yesterday, and my squirrels’ water dish is frozen.  (Of course I replenish it regularly; what do they drink in winter?).  But boots are still the fashion accessory of the day, although you want your oldest, most beat-up boots:

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  1. Posted December 9, 2013 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    Thirsty animals in wintertime will eat snow to drink. This is why cold snaps without snow can be very dangerous to wildlife, since at that point there really is nothing to drink, especially for birds (most mammals can gnaw ice if needed, birds don’t really have the tools for that, unless they’re woodpeckers…)

  2. Posted December 9, 2013 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    My fashion accessory for teaching in cold, grey Michigan is to wear Hawaiian shirts to work. It seems to cheer people up — at least I hear them laughing about something when I walk in…

    • Marella
      Posted December 10, 2013 at 2:42 am | Permalink

      Hawaiian shirts are awesome!

  3. Posted December 9, 2013 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Now I have visions of Jerry setting up a squirrel-sized hot tub and sauna outside his window for their wintertime enjoyment….


    • Dominic
      Posted December 9, 2013 at 7:19 am | Permalink

      That snow looks like it is full of squirrel fur. Do you suppose he was lulling them into a false sense of security so he could get squirrel-fur-lined boots?!

      • Posted December 9, 2013 at 7:29 am | Permalink

        Nah…he’d need angora squirrels for that. And this is the worng time of year to shear them, anyway….


  4. Thanny
    Posted December 9, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Squirrels simply gnaw on ice to get water in the winter.

    I saw one doing it on my frozen bird bath a week or two ago. Left a nice little ice ravine in the surface.

  5. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 9, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    There was a small amount of snow here. From the radio, I thought it was full on snowmeggedon where I work (I commute an hour north into the snow belt). I find out it was just a couple centimeters but people were in accidents all over the place.

  6. Posted December 9, 2013 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Leather soles on ice is a scary combo. Tread carefully, Professor Ceiling Cat!

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