Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The End of Fall

Hello everyone. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

After a beautiful, wonderful, amazing autumn here in WNY, we finally had a change. Last Sunday snow was predicted. In the middle of that day, we got this:

This might look like snow, but it's actually something called graupel. 

Please refer to the following diagram for an explanation of what graupel is and how it forms.

After the graupel melted, we got some real snow.

By night time, it looked like this outside:

This all melted by morning. But there was still something interesting on the ground. Dad found a little birdie nest that had been blown out of the maple tree. If you look closely, you'll see the birdie used some dental floss, bits of fabric, a piece of scotch tape, and lots of squeaky toy stuffing. What a clever little birdie! I'm sure her babies were nice and comfy in that nest!

You'll have to excuse me now. I'm still pretty tired from my ordeal yesterday. I had to spend the entire day at the vet! Harumph!

Note from ghostwriter: Chester is now 14 years old. He was diagnosed with Cushing's syndrome about a year ago, and it was time to do some tests to make sure his medication is working properly. He also had some tests for other problems because he hasn't been eating much, and has lost a lot of weight. He stumbles around due to arthritis in his legs, hips, and back. Sometimes he just stares and whines quietly. We're still waiting for the vet to analyze all the tests and decide what to do. However, we've seen this before. It's called "old dog syndrome." Hopefully he'll have some more energy tomorrow after some  rest. We'll be sure to keep you posted. 


  1. I have not seen this snow I have heard so much about but I know it is coming. Praying for you my friend.

  2. We had rain last night and it was cold enough for them to toss some sleet in there too. You are such a cutie enjoying your graupel, Chester. We send you lots and lots of AireZen and positive vibes♥

  3. We were so happy to see the snow on the ground this morning! We have our paws crossed that you recover quickly from your stay at the vet.

  4. What beautiful snow Chester!! We are sending lots of POTP to you Chester, and hope you have more energy tomorrow!
    Rosy, Sunny and Jakey(who also had old man syndrome, aka CCD)

  5. Dearest Chester....you know that I 10000% send you all my most pawsitive healing hugs and wishes.
    Let us know how you are doing when you can.

    Oh I just heard on the news that the Buffalo area could get 4' of snow?! OMDs I hope the blabbers were wrong. I know GW is glad to be retired (or is she still working parttime) so she doesn't have to go out in that mess.
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. Dear Chester, we know that "old dog syndrome" is no fun, and we hope that you can regain some energy, perhaps with help from the vet.
    Sending hugs,
    Gail (and Nobby).

  7. Hey Chester just wanted to say Hi and hope you are feeling okey dokey. Happy Thanksgiving to you, GW and Dad.
    Hugs cecilia

  8. ODS is a monster to deal with, but not insurmountable...we hope ypur feel better soon, Chester. Rest up! Hopefully the vet can offer some helpful suggestions.
    Hope that you only got that graupel mess, and not the big snows...

  9. Hi friend, Ojo here! Gra-what? Looks like Snow to me! Hurray for snow! Also, stay healthy and well, friend. <3