While we've been freezing and complaining about the snow in the U.S., the Canadians have been using the snow as an excuse to play outside — with their dogs! Calgary resident and doting dog dad Dan McFee decided to a take advantage of the blizzard-like weather by building a full-on dog maze for his pup Linus (his full name is Linus Van Pelt).
To ensure Linus was still getting his exercise despite the outside tundra, McFee created a winter-wonderland obstacle course for his pooch to play in.
"I made the track as a way to give him some exercise on days when it's too late to go to the park, or it is too dark and cold outside," McFee said. "This is the third track I have made for him. I do like to change it up for him every time there is a snowfall, keeps it interesting for him," McFee continued.
Linus making his way through the maze. (Photo Credit: Dan McFee)
"The last time it snowed over one foot, so it definitely allowed me to be more creative with the track," McFee said. "The track took a little over two hours, [I] didn’t want to spend too much time on it as it was -24 Celsius (-11.2 Fahrenheit). The tunnels are his favorite areas. The first tunnel I made he loved and then after the second tunnel he attacked me with kisses. He’ll just go crazy on his own, running as fast as he can, bouncing [and] just having fun."
McFee certainly is creative — but after hearing about how he saved Linus' life, we think he's pretty compassionate, too.
Last summer, McFee and his girlfriend Laura went on a road trip through the western part of the U.S. It wasn't until they were making their way back to Canada that McFee noticed they needed to get gas.
"We stopped for gas in Spokane, Washington," McFee said. "After we stopped at the gas pump, I got out of my car and noticed a puppy was sitting next to the pump. He was extremely small and was shaking. We asked around at the gas station, but he didn’t belong to anyone."
Once McFee realized the poor little pup was abandoned, they immediately took him to the vet to ensure that he was healthy.
"We were told by the veterinarian that he was only three-to-four weeks-old, weighing just three pounds, and was much too young to be away from his mother," McFee continued. "We desperately wanted to take him home right then, but because he was so young and needed extra care, we handed him over to SCRAPS (a rescue agency in Spokane). We made it very clear that we wanted to adopt him the minute he was ready. They kept in touch with us and about eight weeks later we made the nine-hour drive down and picked him up in August."
Thank goodness McFee and Laura were there to save poor little Linus! We're thrilled to know the pup has found a warm and inviting forever home in Canada, where he can play with his friends at the dog park and chow down on treats in the pet shop.
Scroll down to see even more photos of Linus having a great time with his amazing dog dad Dan McFee!
Look at those ears! (Photo Credit: Dan McFee)
Best friends forever! (Photo Credit: Dan McFee)
All dressed up with no where to go. (Photo Credit: Dan McFee)
Dog dad of the year! (Photo Credit: Dan McFee)
Spunky! (Photo Credit: Dan McFee)
He's so cute, we could watch him make weave in-and-out of that maze all day. Little Linus is lucky to have a caring dog dad like McFee.