Every year there is excitement and speculation surrounding Punxsutawney Phil and his Groundhog Day predictions, but what do dogs think? We thought it was about time to ask!
We interviewed our canine friends Candy and Zoomer, who were kind enough to share their thoughts about Groundhog Day and this year's transition into spring.
Here's what they had to say!
"Sure, happy to be here! So, Groundhog Day. Personally, I don't see what the fuss is about. Why does a groundhog get to make the call? Our humans will take us for hikes or let us run around in fields, and once in a while we'll see groundhogs and moles or whatever. And guess what!? They're always underground. You literally see their head for, like, a second, and they pop right back down into their cozy burrow. It's us dogs that are watching the actual weather, running around in the cold! Above ground! Nobody asks us what we think. It's weird, Right, Candy?"
"Totally agree. I don't understand Groundhog's Day at all. All these humans gather around and hold their breath, waiting for this critter to come crawling up out of his hole, acting like he knows everything and everything. The truth that nobody seems to want to admit is that groundhogs have no idea what it's like to run and play in the rain, snow, or hot sun, They have no understanding of weather, at all! Their opinions should not be trusted.
Dogs, on the other hand, we actually know things. We understand the outdoors. You could even say we are weather experts. Especially compared to an underground rodent."
"I'd tell them to be ready for anything! That's my motto!"
"Zoomer, the humans are asking if we have a prediction about whether we have six more weeks of winter. If the groundhog sees his shadow and runs back in his hole, there are six more weeks of winter. And if he doesn't see his shadow, it means an early spring is coming."
"That doesn't make any sense at all. If he sees his shadow that means it's sunny. As in, nice weather. As in, feels more like spring than winter."
"Yeah, I guess, but that's not the..."
"Plus, who wants to listen to an animal that flees from its own shadow? I mean, I'll run away from something actually scary, like a loud car. But my own shadow? No way. Sounds more like a chicken than a groundhog, if you ask me.
"You totally get scared of your own shadow, Zoomer. Remember that hike we were on just the other week and..."
"We don't need to talk about that. What's the next question?"
"Well, we're talking about more winter, or a quick spring, right? So either more cold weather, or heading into warmer weather with plants growing."
"I see where he's going with this. In winter our human has to dry our damp coats quick after walks, because she doesn't want her house getting all wet. She uses this powder from Coat Defense, it dries us right up and cleans the mud off."
"Right. Exactly. Smells good, too. And when it warms up, the pollen and grass really come out around here. Candy here has had a lot of problems with itchy allergic skin reactions in spring weather."
"Uh, hello, you're talking about yourself, Zoomer. You're the one that used to get those rashes on your belly every year."
"That's not how I remember it. Anyway, Ever since our human got Coat Defense, Candy hasn't had her itchy rashy skin issues because she powders up our bellies before we go for walks. So, I would tell humans to be ready for cold weather damp coat challenges and warmer weather allergy challenges by keeping Coat Defense powder on hand."
"It was definitely you with the rashes. But yes, that powder helps a lot in all types of weather. In the summer it also helps Zoomer's bug allergies."
"You're the one with bug allergies!"
"I predict that humans will finally figure out what scammers that Punxsutawney Phil and his ilk are!"
"Hopefully you're right. And I predict that our human will stock up on Coat Defense like she always does this time of year, to keep us happy and healthy!"
"I also predict that the opposite of whatever the groundhog says will happen, will happen!"