6 More Weeks of Winter

“I’m staying right here in MY burrow, lemme tell ya!”

It’s that time of year again, the time for (let’s face it) possibly the most bizarre holiday still celebrated across the United States: Groundhog Day.

For those of you who are not “hip to the ‘hog,” here’s a basic rundown of how it works: Each year, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the mayor and townsfolk gather before sunrise around a temporary burrow home in Gobbler’s Knob prepared for a famous groundhog named Phil (formerly Pete). If Phil “sees his shadow,” this indicates that winter will last 6 more weeks. If he does not see his shadow, this is taken to mean that the onset of spring will come early that year. Supposedly, this is taken from a Celtic pagan tradition where it was said that if an animal was seen to cast a shadow at this time of year, it would mean winter would be lasting another 6 weeks or so.

This year, “Phil” (who has technically been played by several actual groundhogs as they each live to be about 6 years old) was said to have “seen his shadow,” meaning this winter will continue for another 6 weeks. Based on its late onset and how intense the winter has been lately, this makes sense whether or not you believe in the magic of the groundhog, who supposedly is able to communicate directly to the mayor in “groundhogese,” and you may hear other interpretations such as, “If Phil runs back inside his burrow, it means he saw his shadow and was scared back inside.”

You know, real scientific stuff. 😉

At the risk of being redundant, for those of you who missed Gilligan’s “Groundhog Day” moment, we’ll show you his reaction to “emerging into the winter from his burrow,” and at least demonstrate that his reaction is consistent with Phil’s. Maybe there’s some truth to this science after all?…

On the plus side, Gilligan has been enjoying the whole family being home for today’s blizzard, a special treat following our home team’s Super Bowl victory last night. He is itching to get back outside, but that can wait until the weather improves a bit.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts, where we’ll bring you new book reviews, a special DIY home repair tutorial to help you fix a certain household item your pet might have damaged, and our response to a very special nomination we received recently.

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This is a Blog Hop. Thanks to Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog Blog , Luna, a Dog’s Life , and My Brown Newfies for setting up this hop and inspiring this post. Unfortunately, as of the publication of this post it does not appear that a link has been set up for this week. We will provide an update once available.

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