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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Frozen Double Dog Dare

It was negative eight degrees below zero yesterday morning before windchill and the horse's water buckets were frozen solid. While it wasn't quite as cold the day before ... it was cold enough to catch Bobbie off guard.

Anybody whose grown up in cold climates has done what he did. It's a rite of passage of sorts for those who were plucked from the womb with ice tongs. You only know what I speak of if you were toddlers with frozen mittens, icy scarves and feet so cold they felt like walking on pin cushions.

We recently heard on the morning news of unfortunate waif who had to have emergency services release him from his big brother's similar double dog dare.

For those who view snow to be as mythical as leprechauns, you may want to put some more sun screen on and roll over so you don't get sun burned on this January day... for what I'm about to tell you will make your jelly fish sting burn a little less. Here goes...

If one sticks ones tongue to any metal object (flag pole, chain link fence, car door or your coats zipper), ones tongue will stick to and occasionally be trapped by said object until it is released by warmth (hot water and global warming typically work best).

Until the other day, I thought humans were the only ones who were bold enough to attempt the double dog dare. However, with the frigid temperature, Bobbie thought he'd try licking the frozen metal snap of the chain that holds his pasture gate shut. He, as we all are, was complete caught of guard by the fact that the tongue is 80% water. Who knew?

In order to free himself ... he almost pulled the gate off the post with his super equine tongue. Of course he has little hope to out do those that tow tractor trailers with their tongues in the Guinness Book of World Records (although he's in training now).

I think it hurt the poor pony a lot as he was smacking his freeze dried taste buds for a good five minutes or so. All I could say to my four-legged friend was, "Been there, done that."


  1. Been there too, little guy. What do you suppose went through his mind? "Wow! It's never done that to me before! I wonder if it was mad?"


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  3. OMG!!!! Poor guy. I don't mean to laugh, but I can't help it!

  4. Oh, poor Bobbie. That had to be quite a surprise to him. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. I'd laugh if I didn't feel so bad for Bobbie. It sounds hilarious but I'm sure it wasn't to him, poor boy.

  6. I'd say it could only happen to him... but it definitely has happened to me... years ago when I was a kid... yeah that's my story ... when I was a kid.

  7. I wish I could have seen it, 'cause I'd've made a yellow spot in the snow from laughing so hard. Sorry, just being honest. I can just imagine the look on his face when he realized he was froze. Poor baby :(