Winter weather can be a harsh mistress for us humans, but dogs take one step onto the ice and realize the whole frozen world is their playground.
When freezing temperatures turn your neighborhood stroll into an icy obstacle course, you may be tempted to stay indoors. Let these adorable dogs on ice inspire you to see the sunny side of a big freeze.
Come for the ice skating, stay for the licking
A roly-poly beagle mix named Fugee romps, slides, rolls, licks, and has the time of his life all over a makeshift ice rink.
This speedy spaniel runs at top speed on a frozen river while his owner tries to keep up.
Bulldog on ice
In classic bully form, a handsome chap named Spaulding is determined to slide his disc toy across the ice.
Did somebody call a tow-dog?
It’s the perfect winter snapshot as a brown dog tows his laughing companion at top speed across the ice.
Four-legged Wayne Gretzky
The dog gets the puck in this interspecies hockey game.
This happy lab won’t let anything keep him from getting his mouth on that frozen hunk of snow, not even his feet sliding out from under him with every step.
Ice dancing queen
A beautiful dog ice skates alongside her people in this ethereal winter scene.
This is not the ice slide you seek
The planet Hoth’s got nothing on this frozen playground slide, bravely battled by ice dog Princess Leia.
Les chiens noirs
Two all-black Belgian sheepdogs cut a striking silhouette against a vast expanse of snow and ice in this dramatic short film.
Ice, ice puppy
Blink and you’ll miss this adorable Bernese mountain dog puppy take a tumble on an icy driveway.
A French bulldog so good at hockey, she must be French-Canadian
Lily the French bulldog hits the rink with her family for some puck-chasing, goal-tending, omg-look-at-those-adorable-booties-wearing fun.
Next time you look out the window and see icicles hanging down, don’t be disheartened. If your best friend is an ice dog, seize the opportunity to bundle up and slip-slide away on happy winter memories (just remember to bundle up and stay safe).
And if your dog would rather stay indoors, just cuddle up on the couch, scroll up, and re-watch these hilarious, inspiring videos of dogs on ice.
Top image via Flickr/linusekenstam