April started out warm, but the last ten days or so have been about twenty degrees below normal. This has significantly extended the dog running season. Since we're no longer training the dogs for long trips, such as the White Mountains, the runs are shorter and more leisurely now. We stop a lot to switch dogs around, giving nearly everyone a chance to run up front. Even though it still feels cool out, temperatures near freezing can be pretty warm for these fuzzy guys, so they get longer breaks to roll around in the snow and cool off. But inevitably the warm weather will return, melting the snowpack and ending the springtime dog runs.