Hiya! It is I, Bruce!

As we all know, one of the most confusing things about living with humans is that the sounds they make (which they call words) can sometimes have several meanings. Today I am here to help you, my dog friends, by clarifying the double-meaning of one of these confusing sounds – and that sound is BALL.

Now, the first and most important meaning of this sound is the spherical object, which smells Very Good, which humans throw about, and which dogs catch and fetch, or find, or chew, or sometimes eat. All dogs love BALL and every dog knows that BALL is lots of fun. Strangely, humans seem to understand this, as this is what they have chosen to suggest in the second meaning of the sound. That is, in human speak, if you are HAVING A BALL this does not mean that you have mistakenly swallowed BALL, but that you are instead having lots of FUN (speaking personally, I think that one can actually have a BALL by chewing up and swallowing BALL, but that is a mere aside).

At the moment it is very cold and white here. This is weather I really like because it often means that I am able to HAVE A BALL and PLAY WITH BALL. . . and sometimes even swallow BALL all at the same time. I shall now demonstrate how it is possible to effectively combine all human meanings of the sound BALL – by HAVING A SNOW BALL.





See how much fun HAVING A SNOW BALL is?




Humans throw the SNOW BALL for dog, but they are not engaged in the important business of leaping after it, and catching it.


But though the humans do no leaping, they seem to do a lot of laughing, which to me suggests that they are having their own kind of SNOW BALL too.

Heres hoping that you and your humans, like me, enjoy very many SNOW BALLS this winter

See you soon, love Bruce x

92 thoughts on “Snow Ball

  1. Those pictures! I hac such a great laugh seeing Bruce’s ecpression while having a ball! My own dog-boy had to chevk on me to see iv I was ok.

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  2. Snow! I am Alina the English Cocker Spaniel, also black – and I can give myself a whole petticoat of snowballs when the fresh snow sticks to my silky fur… it does make chasing snowballs a bit difficult, tho’, and I have to go innthe dreaded shower to thaw. My name for a ball is ‘Balli’ because I’m Swiss-speaking 🤗❄️❄️❄️

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  3. Oh Bruce, to see you having such fun with ALL those snowballs is incredible. You sure are a handsome man and I love all those pictures your Dad, Tom, took of you.

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  4. Hi Bruce, I’m Paisley, a labradoodle from Canada (my dad is from Scotland though so that’s how I got my name). My humans haven’t thrown snowballs for me yet, but I found a great way to Be a Ball. Dive headfirst into snow and leave head buried for a moment, lift head and roll around, and then if you have nice thick curly hair like me, you will Be a Snowball! So much fun!

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  5. Bruce looks so much like my little black lab Echo (though my photography skills are no match; it’s such a challenge with a black dog!) It’s been so cold that our snow has been too fluffy to clump into satisfying snowballs yet, but I’ll have to try this trick out when it warms up a bit. I’m sure she’ll enjoy literally having a ball just as much as Bruce!

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  6. What a great post! And how nice that the snow gives such a high-contrast background for Bruce’s beautiful black coat! All the photos are great, but the ones of Bruce with the crazy eyes were my favorites! So funny and joyful!

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  7. MERCI Bruce for this message full of humour and wisdom ! Noir sur fond blanc…how irresistible you are and with such expressive and beautiful eyes ! We love you here…WOUF !

    In France, when addressing their dogs, some people sometimes call the ball (“balle” in French) a “baballe”… I wonder what our four paws friends think of us when we speak to them like that ;-)

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  8. Dear Bruce,
    I always love to see photos of you and to read about your adventures with Tom and Kate. The photos of you duper to romping with balls in the snow are simply delightful. Thank you for sharing your adventure with me. I live in Rhode Island and we also have some snow here too. Wishing you a winter filled with many fun days in the snow. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and to Kate and Tom too.

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  9. Sorry to butt in on Bruce but had to comment on my glorious millarocby tweed delivery received yesterday. Sumptuous colours with glorious neps and the wool itself very beautiful because of the added mohair. Really looking forward to the first of the patterns ….

    Thanks for the early Christmas present Kate et al.

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  10. Hi Bruce,
    You are absolutely correct, humans enjoy watching you enjoy your ball, snow or other, all the time. Thank you for this lovely note and the great pictures. We miss not hearing from you from time to time. Enjoy the white stuff while you can.
    Linda D.

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  11. Hey, Bruce. Nauset here, I am of the chocolate variety of Labrador, but like you I love snow. Just last week I was swimming in the ocean but here in New England I can swim one day and the next romp in the snow. Merry Christmas and enjoy all the white stuff.

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  12. Hi Bruce – You are a joy to watch, such fun!! Lucky Kate and Tom to have you to play with. Merry Christmas Happy New Year and Lots of Fresh Snow for Fun!

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  13. Hi Bruce! I’m Grace and I’m a cat. I live with Julie and I do not like snow but I do share your love of balls and I love your posts! You look very happy playing in the snow.Happy Holidays to you.
    Julie

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  14. Bruce, I’m so glad you are having fun, and that because of it, your humans are having fun too. That’s what Christmastime is all about.

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  15. This is Tam in Colorado. I don’t understand BALL but I do understand SNOW and ROLLING AROUND. Have you tried it? We have just a little snow. Best for this is WIGGLING on my back. Almost as good as dinner!

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  16. Ah Bruce…you are so articulate and so humorous! And, you make me laugh until I have tears in my eyes. Thanks for a great start to my Saturday morning. Later when I go for my walk, maybe I will emulate you and leap about a little bit even though we have no snow. Happy snow ball to you!

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  17. Bruce
    Helloooo from Washington DC!!

    We cats love to read about your adventures. We had a little bit of snow here. We don’t go outside but we LOVE to watch the birds & squirrels outside of our big window.
    Donovan & Johnnie Katz

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  18. Bruce, you are a true snow dog. Did you know you could swim in snow, too? Here in way north Michigan, the snow would be up to your tummy. You could belly-flop into the snow just like you do in the loch. Merry Christmas to you Bruce. May there be many Balls to play with and maybe even a Glove in your Christmas stocking.

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  19. Living in snow-locked northern Canada and sometimes need to be reminded of just how much FUN snow can be! Thanks for giving me a fresh perspective!!!

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  20. Hi Bruce! I’m Abby though sometimes called by my people Abbynormal. I was a desert dog all my life until a month ago when we moved to The Pacific Northwest. I’m not too keen on the rain but I love love the grass! My paws are not so cracked and it’s lovely and cool. Ain’t life great!

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  21. Pure canine joy! What a lovely sight on a damp and cold grey day. My two canines are curled up on their bean bags exhausted after barking at passing horses this morning.

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  22. You are a delight, Bruce. My Westie Fergus is extremely jealous of you being able to have a ball in the snow. His very favourite thing is to play in the snow, but sadly we are without at the moment. Wonderful pictures!

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  23. Oh my…you are such a treasure Bruce!
    You made me roar and giggle with laughter! How handsome and glamorous you are. How sleek and agile you are…your soulful eyes, Bruce! I am quite enraptured! I am surprised you don’t have a bevy of 4-legged fur beauties chasing you around. You wouldn’t have much time for ball then! But I understand how devoted you are to your true beloveds. And they to you :)
    A wonderful exposé “in the day of a life”. And witnessing the fun you have with
    snow balls :0 !!
    Sincerely,
    A swooning 2-legged fan

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  24. Hi, Bruce, tis Jada here. I am black Lab/Red Bone Coonhound blend an will be 2 yrs in coming time span my humans call March. So happy they bring me to their pack last Joon. I also have full bred black Lab sister, Darcie, she is 7yrs human count. I am lucky lucky lucky they get me! Lots of walks, balls, love for me! even snow but here in Wyoming has been missing a little. Biting snow very fun. Catching rain drops also. Happy winter to you Bruce!

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  25. LOL’S and giggles Bruce! You made my day :-0!!
    Need I mention how glamorous and handsome you are? Or how agile and sleek you are? Why you don’t have a bevy of four-legged beauties chasing and romping with you, I do not know. Your soulful gaze pierces my heart. I gather you are quite devoted to your loved ones. You are a good lad and bring them much joy as you do to all of us.
    Thank your loved ones for such a terrific expose (photo/tale-spread). Fabulous photos! You all are amazing!

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  26. Ahh, Bruce. Your antics made me laugh out loud. We have a bit of snow here in Virginia USA now, but my feline companions don’t care to get their paws cold and wet. Merry Christmas to you & yours. I hope 2018 gives you many opportunities to have a BALL.

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  27. Bruce, I think that is the most energetic I have seen you so far. You certainly look like you were having a ball. Hope there are lots of treats and a comfy fire to warm you after that exercise.

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  28. Jeez Mate! What is that stuff never seen it before? Is it hot? Is it cold? Most of all I want some too…better than being outside with 10,000 march flies buzzing around my tail…but hold on! I found a lizard. Yes, a lizard with a blue tongue, which hissed at me and I barked and barked and barked. Now…beat that! Love Woody

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    1. Yep: a bit of the white stuff would be bonza at the moment! We’re flat out like a lizard drinking getting ready for Christmas so a bit of cool would be ripper 😁

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  29. Your best post EVER, Bruce. I don’t think one even needs to be a Labrador lover to love you and your spirit. Truly, you are your humans’ best friend. Kindest regards, your kinsdogs, Jackie and Walter in America.

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  30. Hello Bruce, It is I, Murphy. My human has read me your posts since we were both puppies. Your insights help her understand us, her two doggy companions, much better. Not expecting many snowballs, here in Texas….. but I am always hopeful. Until then, my sister Leia and I must be content with rubber balls and sticks. Hope to hear about your continuing adventures, soon!🐶

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    1. We had snow in Houston TX one morning last week ( a big surprise!) and I, Rita, would not put one paw outside in that cold, white stuff. I hid under my blanket until the sun melted it all away.

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