Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that commonly occurs in humans, especially in the winter months when we spend less time outdoors, have minimal access to bright, sunny days, and have fewer hours of daylight each day.
While the disorder commonly causes depression-like symptoms in humans, evidence suggests that dogs, too, are affected by the lack of sunlight this time of year.
The dark, gloomy days and longer, colder nights of winter can cause dogs to develop Seasonal Affective Disorder, just like humans.
In dogs, symptoms include lethargy, neediness, behavioural changes such as aggression and inappropriate pottying, and a general feeling of “blah.” In extreme or extended cases, even hair loss can occur.
Does Tucker suffer from S.A.D? I don’t think so since he is so happy all the time, no matter what the weather.
But Doug and I on the other hand, I would say we do have a mild case of it..but today there was a ‘flaming orb’ in the sky! Something we haven’t seen in a while, especially on a Sunday in the winter!
The sky was blue, the temperature, not exactly balmy but we bundled up and headed to Pitt Meadows and went for a walk along dyke.
It was foggy when we got there but it looked like there was some hope of it burning off..
Tucker, of course, could care less..
..there’s water, Dad..can I can I?
..one can only imagine how cold the water is?
..and the one ‘airborne shot’..
..a few bird sightings, including two swans..
..yet another swimming hole..
..it was here, that we turned around and headed back towards the jeep..the fog was slowly dissipating..