Cartoons: Ski-lightful

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December 6, 1952
Man loses his clothes during a ski jump
Gallagher
November 27, 1954

 

Con Suozzi
November 19, 1955
November 18, 1944
Cobean
August 12, 1944

 

Man loses his skis during a ski jump.
Gallagher
January 30, 1954

 

Woman is stuck between two cliffs while skiing.
“Now what do I do?”
Robert Churchill
January 27, 1951

 

“Isn’t that dangerous?”
Bill O’Malley
January 13, 1945

 

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Ask the Vet’s Pets: Keep Your Dog Safe in Cold Weather

Ask The Vet’s Pets is written by Daisy Dog and Christopher Cat, with a little help from Dr. Lee Pickett, VMD. Send questions to Daisy and Christopher at [email protected] and read more online at saturdayeveningpost.com/askthevetspets. Dr. Pickett’s column appears in the each issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Subscribe today.

 

Dear Daisy Dog:  What do I need to know to keep my dog Riley safe in the cold weather?

Daisy Reponds:  Many people erroneously believe that a dog’s fur coat protects him from the cold. Unfortunately, dogs are as susceptible to the cold as humans are, so they can quickly develop hypothermia and frostbite during the winter. Puppies and elderly dogs are especially sensitive to temperature extremes, as are dogs with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

When you take Riley for a walk on cold days, consider dressing him in a sweater or coat — and possibly boots. Remove snow balls from between his toes and wash any salt from his feet. If he has long hair between his toes, clip it to decrease snow ball formation. Around your home, replace rock salt with a pet-safe deicer, which is more effective than salt at low temperatures and doesn’t damage grass, concrete, carpets, or wood floors.

See more at askthevet.pet.

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Cartoons: The Winter of Our Discontent

Woman talking to her husband who's wet from falling through the ice.
Now, I suppose you want to go home.”
Ed Lepper
February 16, 1957

 

The extreme cold outside froze a tea pot of hot water over a car.
“Very cold out there?”
Chas. Cartwright
February 10, 1951

 

 

Man shoveling snow out of his car
Hank Syverson
February 12, 1949

 

 

Men pushing a car though deep snow.
“Hold it fellas — we’ve rocked Eddie to sleep again!”
Tom Henderson
November 16, 1946

 

 

A man trying to talk to his date, who's frozen solid.
“Well, good night again, Alice…I say good night again, Alice…Alice…oh, Alice….”
Smith
February 8, 1947

 

 

A couple walk into the wind with their backs bent by the wind.
Stan Hunt
February 8, 1947

 

 

A wife rushes to stop her husband from swearing while their priest drinks tea in the living room.
“Man! It’s getting colder than a…”
Al Johns
January 4, 1958

 

’S No Problem

Last spring, I was at Edward’s Equipment in our town, perusing their selection of mowers, when I noticed a dust-covered snowblower in the corner, forlorn, like a second-string quarterback riding the bench.

“I’ll make you a deal on that snowblower,” said Doug Edwards. “It’s last year’s model. Never been used.”

It was 80 degrees outside, and winter was eight months away, but time moves a bit faster the older one gets, and I realized I’d be slipping on ice and busting my head before I knew it. So I did what any responsible Christian would do and bought the snowblower, not only for my sake, but for my wife’s, who threw out her back last year shoveling our sidewalk.

Doug and I loaded it in my car and I drove it home and hid it in the back corner of our garage under a tarp so my wife wouldn’t see it until her birthday later that month, when I would present it to her. Her big day arrived. I took her by the hand, led her to the garage, and pulled back the tarp with a dramatic flourish. She was, as you might imagine, stunned. Indeed, she was so overcome, she could only shake her head, too moved to speak.

Now we are walking through the valley of the shadow of winter but fear no evil, for our Honda HS720 is with us. Owning gas-powered snow-removal equipment is a new development. In the past, we have relied upon shovels or the occasional charity of our neighbor, Brian Ritchie, to clean our driveway with his John Deere tractor and plow. But Brian, how shall I put this, has become rather negligent as of late, sometimes not cleaning our driveway until 7:00 in the morning, knowing full well my wife leaves for work at 6:45.

When it comes to my wife’s happiness, I’ve been known to lose all sense of perspective.

While I am all for community and helping your neighbor, there is something to be said for self-sufficiency. I can’t describe the pleasure of lying in bed on a winter’s morning, warm beneath the quilts, and listening as my wife fires up her snowblower with one pull of the starter rope. I roll over, raise the window shade, and watch as she pushes the blower up and down the driveway, leaving clean stripes in her wake. She is, I can tell, delighted with the blower’s efficiency. What used to take her hours with a shovel is now easily accomplished in 20 minutes; then she’s back inside with more than enough time left to fill our woodstove and fix my oatmeal.

Was the snowblower cheap? It was a good deal, but it still wasn’t cheap. But when it comes to my wife’s happiness, I’ve been known to lose all sense of perspective. Should I have waited to buy it until we had paid a few of our other bills? A less thoughtful man certainly would have. But there are times in one’s life when extravagance is called for, and this seemed like such a time to me.

Back when Joe Gibbs was coaching the Washington Redskins, he said, “A winning effort begins with preparation.” I’ve never forgotten that and pointed it out to Brian Ritchie when he asked why my wife did all of the work around our house.

“Brian,” I said, “a winning effort begins with preparation. What you’re witnessing today is the culmination of a mutual effort that began last spring, when it was 80 degrees and snow was eight months away.”

Yes, time moves a bit faster the older one gets, but with age comes the wisdom to meet our challenges and win the day!

Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor and author of 22 books, including the Harmony and Hope series featuring Sam Gardner.

This article is featured in the January/February 2019 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Subscribe to the magazine for more art, inspiring stories, fiction, humor, and features from our archives.

Cartoons: Wacky Winter Sports

 

A boy scout counselor leads his troop at a game of ice hockey
“Here goes the game, the ice, Mr. Johnson’s disposition – and the hike we’d planned for this afternoon!”
Roland Coe
January 22, 1944

 

 

Two skiiers watch a newspaper reading man calmly ride a ski lift towards the top of a slope
“He lives up on top.”
Robert Day
January 17, 1942

 

 

A ice hockey goalie notices his shoe is untied while he is tending a goal during a game.
Douglas Borgstedt
January 13, 1940

 

 

A landscaper points to a realistic drawing of a hockey puck he made on the ice's surface.
“I can hardly wait for the game tonight. It’s painted there!”
Ernie Garra
January 4, 1941

 

 

A man uses his skis to move down his walkway.
January 3, 1942

 

Man kneels down and prays in mid-flight during a ski jump.
“That’s pretty good form, considering it’s his first jump.”
Rama
January 3, 1942

 

A skier flies towards a tree that has several diverging signs, reading "Eenie, meanie, minie, moe"
Wilkinson
January 2, 1943

 

Woman speaking to a fellow skiier buried in the snow
“Joe! Joe! Aren’t you going to teach me to ski, as you promised?”
Hilda Terry
January 1, 1944

 

 

A laywer urges his client to sign their will before they ski down a slope.
“Nearest of kin…”
Douglas Borgstedt
January 24, 1942