Have you ever seen a Peaches eating apples in the snow?
We have an old, unmaintained and soon-to-be unwieldy apple tree in our back yard that has become the centerpiece of all outdoor dog activity at our home over the last year. 2013 was a serious bumper crop for Michigan apple growers–yielding around 30 million bushels–and our tree was no exception.
Our dogs have spent spring, summer, fall and now a chilly, snow-packed winter huddled under the apple tree snacking on blossom-filled branches, snatching pre-ripened fruit off the limbs, stuffing their faces from the edible red carpet below, and mining for crunchy treasure in the snow.
A couple weeks ago one of the few frozen apples left on the tree fell off and hit me in the head creating a sensation that I could only liken to being beaned with a baseball from a few feet away. The pain was impressive, not that an apple to the head would register with any of these tail-wagging blockheads.
But of all the activities that our private tree of life inspires, my two favorites are Peaches’ apple munching ears and Buster’s apple picking antics featured in the following video.
An apple a day keeps the canines at play.