We had a little snow at the start of this month.
|Early September snow.|
|Snowfall turns into raindrops.|
It is normal for autumn weather to do this freezing and thawing for a while before settling into its winter stride with accumulating cold and snow so we can get good running conditions for the dogs.
The cold summer meant my dogs' old coats from last winter appeared reluctant to be brushed out. Usually my dogs will shed hair from their old coats starting in June and be done by August. Early on I would brush all of my dogs at least twice a week to keep up with the shedding. However, as summer progressed it felt as though the old coats were saying, we know we've got to go but it's too cold. Unfazed I continued to groom all 20 of my dogs knowing sooner or later the old hair would be ready to come out.
For some dogs like Gadget (pictured below) there were days when I groomed out bucket loads of old hair in one go. Gadget is always happy, busy and very vocal. He loves attention and being rid of his old coat made him even more boisterous.
|Still grooming Gadget in September.|
|A bucketful of Gadget's old winter coat.|
|Bringing in the summer drinking water buckets.|
|Late September snow accumulation.|
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