Pat Shingleton: "Getting Through February..."
Our February chill certainly can't compare to the folks in the Northeast that are anxious to get a thaw out and a meltdown. A couple of years ago, Parade Magazine determined the best accessory for snow playing. Earmuffs, wooly socks or sunglasses? Sunglasses, worn on sunny, wintry days prevent photokeratitis or snow blindness. After taking your dog for a snowy, winter walk, what is the first thing to do when returning home? Wiping down its paws, a blanket rub-down or extra water? In snow episodes, or a cold rain, pets track through melting chemicals and rock salt that cause pad cuts. Paw wiping is always suggested. Finally, how thick should the ice be before you don your skates? Four to five inches of ice can hold 250 pounds of weight.