It’s not really Dragonwood’s first ground-coating snow of the season… but we missed the first one, being away on visits. So it’s OUR first snow, and it didn’t arrive until after Christmas!
So, to celebrate my morning walk with birds and cats, here are the first snow footprints that I found this morning:
1. Unknown polydactyl cat print, front foot, five toes across the front. Non-polydactyl cats normally have five toes on the front paw, but arranged as four across the pad and one behind, as a dew claw. Gina and a couple other kitties here have five toes on the front, but arranged straight across the top like this one.
2. Sassy (aka Sasquatch), who came running through the snow to see me. On the bottom is her front paw print, with seven toes, and on the top is her back paw, which has five toes (non-polys have four in the back). It’s harder to see the fifth claw and matching pad, but they’re on the left of the main print and other toes.
Sassy has 24 toes altogether, tied for our local record holder. You can only see six toes/claws on her front paw print here, arranged with four across the front and two out on a “thumb” (to the left, since this is her right paw)… the seventh claw has no pad, and grows neatly between the thumb-pair and the four-pad above, and curls under (rarely leaving a mark).
Also… Sassy seldom retracts her claws, and we’ve never known her to do so while she walks. Normally cats retract their claws, leaving a distinctly different pawprint (like #1 above) from their friends like dogs and raccoons (always show claws in their prints). But Sassy walks on her claws, whether in the snow or on our hardwood floors… you can always hear her click clacking along in the night.
3. The turkey. Our Tom greets me every morning, and on a morning like this it’s easy to see where he’s been exploring before I get out to greet him in return. Tom is now 2-1/2 years old.
I shoulda shot the chicken prints too, I suppose. And the juncos flitting around the kitchen garden’s remains. But this isn’t a documentary, it’s a celebration. It snowed! Yay!