Rainy days changed our world. It was disorientating to the young and inexperienced, but the older dogs were acclimated. The smells of leaves, sticks, rocks, and every blade of grass were affected. It washed everything clean, the necessity of which we understood, but it was such a nuisance.
Messenger dogs, or puddlers, always kept their noses and eyes to the sky for signs of rain. Failing to do so could result in a wasted day of work.
Common dogs resigned themselves to indoor pursuits during inclement weather. We’d make preserves, prepare flour, teach the pups their symbols, or take the opportunity to make sausage, just as the saying went, “Make sausage while it rains.”