...We have been witnessing the "puffing-up" (or "floofing-out", to use modern lingo) of Manitou over the past month or so - it's amazing to witness the transformation. He grows a gorgeous ruffle around his neck and a very thick undercoat which makes him appear twice as big. And when it's very cold, he floofs out even more. He is so beautiful! The 2nd photo is a bit blurry, but still shows him off nicely I think. And he seems to like to post-sit in this cooler weather - he never sits on this post in the summer - not that I've noticed anyway. In the 3rd photo we see him hiding his face with his big paw, as to say, "wake me up when spring comes!"