We have a schoolyard behind us, which is regularly used by neighbourhood residents taking their dog for a walk, when not occupied by school-kids. I get to see all sorts of dogs, large and small, out with their owners. I can see one as I type this right now. I don't know what it is, but all the dogs seem absolutely thrilled to be out in the snow. They happily chase frisbees and sticks in the non-snowy months, but there is an extra spring in their step and zeal in their chase when there is snow. I watch them run at top speed from one end of the schoolyard to the other, even when there is nothing to chase. So....are the only dogs I'm seeing those that really DO like to be out in the white stuff, and the scaredy-cats take a dump/whiz on their front lawn and go back inside? Am I being misled by superficial indicators of excitement? For instance, maybe they scamper around fast and wag their tails so much because it helps to maintain body temperature and not because they're happy? Do they run faster because it doesn't keep their paws on the ground quite as long? The thing is, that from the owner's perspective, if the dog looks happier to be running around like crazy in the snow, the owner is going to stay out there longer with the dog. So if the dog was only doing what they do to manage their body temperature, wouldn't they attempt to persuade the owner that they'd rather be somewhere warmer? The punch line is this: I'm asking dog owners here if their own pooch really does get an extra zing when they get to run around in the snow.