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Within the Ice

Far to the North,
Before the world’s End,
There’s a cave in the Ice,
Where no mortal dare tread.

On the surface is beauty,
Blue ice rising from white snow,
Catching the light on the sun,
Hiding secrets we will never know.

Deep within those ice blue walls,
Where the world knows only cold,
Lie sleeping creatures terrible and great,
Lost since days of old.

Slumbering giants trapped below,
Alive and waiting in the dark.
The sun does not reach them there,
Yet they await its warming spark.
Within the Ice they’ve slept for years,
Creatures old and patient still.
What difference does a century make,
When faced with such an ancient will?

One day they will arise once more,
Though it’s doubtful to be soon.
When they come they’ll bring the cold,
And trap us all beneath the moon.

The world was dark and fearful once,
And one day those fears will return.
But for now, they sleep beneath the ice,
Until they feel the sun’s sweet burn.

Photo by David Rucker

Jack Frost is not kind to pets

While at college, it’s pretty normal for students to feel lonely at times. According to Animal Control Officer Adele Katrovitz, many of these students find that adopting a furry little friend is the perfect solution to make their house or apartment feel more like a home and ease their loneliness. Unfortunately, first-time pet owners often don’t know how harmful cold weather can be to their pets.

Since outdoor pets spend most of their time outside, their owners tend to think that the animals with be fine when the temperature drops. This is simply not the case. Most dogs shouldn’t be left outside for long in temperatures below 40 degrees. Young puppies and older dogs are even more susceptible to the cold and should only be let outside in the cold to relieve themselves.

Lycan, a Husky-Shepherd mix, dozes on the couch wrapped in a blanket. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Lynch.
Lycan, a Husky-Shepherd mix, dozes on the couch wrapped in a blanket. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Lynch.

“Inclement weather can be very detrimental to outdoor pets,” Katrovitz says. “Temperatures that we are expecting [this week] can cause hypothermia, frostbite, and even death.”

Virginia state law says that animals left chained outside must have access to adequate shelter that protects them from the elements. If you aren’t able to bring your pet inside, make sure they’ll be comfortable by providing some form of shelter and then insulating it with straw or blankets. Water bowls can easily freeze during cold weather, so be sure that your pet is getting enough to drink.

“Shivering, lifting legs off the ground, huddling in a fetal position, wet coat, vocalizing and scratching at the door to come in are all signs that your pet is too cold,” said Katrovitz.

Janie Maitland, a junior communications major at Radford University, keeps  walks with her dog Roxy short during bouts of cold weather.

“I think people who leave their animals out in the cold are jerks. Even if your pet is an ‘outdoor’ pet, they still get cold. Some people worry about their outdoor pets smelling or being dirty, but I think it’s super easy to make a little nest for them in the bathroom or mud room,” she says.

Cars don’t count as a form of shelter for animals. Much has been said about leaving animals locked in the car when it’s hot out, but it’s just as bad to leave them in the car in the cold. Cars act like refrigerators in cold weather; they trap the cold, freezing anyone or anything inside. Ever left a water bottle in the car only to find it frozen in the morning? Imagine if that were your dog or cat.

When the snows come, dogs should never be let off of their leash unless they’re fenced in. The snow covers up most normal scents that would lead him or her home, so when they get the urge to run, they may not be able to find their way back.