Monday, February 14, 2011

Driving Miss Maisie

Nearly two weeks after the blizzard, my street looks like this:

I heard last week on the news that firefighters were digging out hydrants in case of emergency.  Guess they haven't made it to my block yet!

Some of the snow has melted since the weather was a bit warmer this weekend, leaving behind huge puddles of ice water.  It's difficult to find a place to cross the street, especially for a low to the ground pup like Maisie.  You may not be able to tell from this pic, but the water at the end of the driveway in front of my house is ankle-deep.

Here's what the parking lot at my office looked like this morning:

On days like today, I am extra glad to have a cover for the backseat of my car.  I received it as a birthday gift a couple years ago from friends who were sick of seeing the old sheet I was using to cover the seat previously.  This one is a hammock style, so not only does it keep wet or muddy Maisie paws from messing up the interior, it also prevents her from hitting the floor behind the front seats should I ever make a sudden stop.  

Plus it helps to keep her in the back (as opposed to climbing into the passenger seat while I'm driving).

When it gets dirty, I just throw it in the washing machine and air dry it.  The material is very sturdy, but Maisie still was able to chew through one of the velcro fasteners at some point.  I put a new piece of adhesive velcro on it and although it's not perfect, it works well enough...and had the bonus effect of making me feel oh-so-crafty!


Two Pitties in the City said...

That does look great. I've been so nervous about all this snow melting because I know it's just going to unearth all the hidden dog poo and grime into a mess that will be allover our dogs' feet. We've been wearing the boots, but they each need a severe wipe-down when they come in So smart to not have this all over your car.

Maisie's Mom said...

it's really such a little thing that makes a big difference. the cover is great for her in the summer too, my car has leather seats and the cover never gets scorchingly hot like the leather does. and since you mentioned it, yeah WTF is up with people who stop picking up their dog's poop once there is snow on the ground???