Thursday, February 2, 2012

Groundhog Day!


Today is Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day is celebrated in the U.S. each year on 
February 2nd. On this day in mid-winter, 
the groundhog awakens from a 
long winter's nap, and goes outside of his den 
to see if he sees his shadow.  

According to legend, if the groundhog sees his shadow (a sunny morning), there will be 
six more weeks of winter. 
He then returns to his den and goes back to sleep. 

If however, he does not see his shadow (cloudy days), he plays around outside of his hole for a while. 
If he does not see  his shadow, 
spring is just around the corner.

The Groundhog's Day tradition travelled long ways. 
It comes from German roots. 
German immigrants brought the tradition 
with them from Germany. As they settled 
in hills of Pennsylvania, they began the 
tradition of using the Groundhog to 
predict the the arrival of Spring. 
The tradition is based upon Candlemas, 
the day that is the midpoint 
between Winter and Spring.

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is the site of the annual Ground Hog event. Our little rodent friend (yes, Groundhogs are classified as rodents) is called Punxsutawney Phil.


For the Record Phil sees his shadow
 about 9 out of 10 times

I would like him to be able to tell me --
WHEN winter will arrive in Minnesota....
I'm just sayin'....


Later -- Remington --
maybe I should look for my shadow....
-- out!

NEWS ALERT!

This just in....

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow.

Repeat....

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow.

Six more weeks of winter.

I hope this means we are going to
get some snow!

30 comments:

Jess and Glacier said...

Hopefully it's spring time soon. :)
PS: You are one very loved guy by your lovely Sasha...just saying. ;)

Debbie said...

I think we have been in spring all winter long and everyday it get nicer so I guess it doesnt matter what phil says, lol enjoy your day remington!

Gloria Hood said...

Cool story Rem!
Lovies, Miss Mindy

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Happy Groundhog Day! NO SHADOW!!!! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Madi and Mom said...

Rem we had no idea Ground Hog Day was started by German settlers in PA.
Very very informative post.
As per always you are looking very handsome today.
hugs from your BFFF,
Madi

Amber DaWeenie said...

I got a funny feeling about all this warm weather in the north. Ya'll be shoveling snow in June! Just sayin'

Bassetmomma said...

Funny how Groundhogs Day was started by Germans! I was born in Germany when my Dad was posted there in the Canadian Armed Forces. Amazing the things you learn! Thanks!

Marilyn said...

I hear we are getting a snow storm out here on the plains. Hope tomorrow will be a real snow day!♥♫

Sandra said...

poor Rem, i will do a snow dance for you and hope you get piles of it to play in. for me though i will do a rain dance, florida is so dry. if you feel the earth a tremblin you will know i am dancing for you

JC said...

Hope you get it cause I'm so done with Winter. Spring .. please !!!

Kathy said...

Rem, I sure hope the snow storm is coming your way, despite what Phil predicts!
BTW, I hope that's your Wubba in your jaws and not something you borrowed from Beth's studio! LOL

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I'm Glad that there has been no REAL winter... butt Sad fur those of you who... LOVE it.

Mitch and angel Maggie said...

Thank doG Phil saw his shadow, Remington. We haven't had winter yet!

Love ya lots,
Mitch

Whisppy said...

Another 6 weeks! We hope you get your snow before that. We wonder how Phil knows it's Feb 2nd?

Chatty Crone said...

Well I hope the 6 more weeks is u[ north! lol sandie

chicamom85 said...

I hope you do get some winter Remington, it has been crazy weather here in Michigan alsos. I was wondering who you are liking in the Superbowl and are you gonna pawty down even if the Vikings aren't playing? We are planning to watch and don't forget about Puppy Bowl. We will be having some yummers snacks, that is as good as football for me.

Loveys Sasha

Nola said...

So much for seeing his shadow here! It's almost 80 degrees!
Dachshund Nola

Maggie Mae said...

Happy Groundhog Day Remington!
Is you gonna watch da movie? ;)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Thanks a lot Phil you little *&^"!!
Dip Bridge and Elliot x

The Army of Four said...

That's the question -- a "real" winter, or what we've been having!!?? Although... there is a major winter storm in CO right now, heading our way! Oh, PLEASE let it bring snow!
Play bows,
Zim

The Army of Four said...

Oh, yeah. PS: Dave really likes your cool blue camo Wubba!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Six more weeks...a month and a half of snow possibilities, snow boarding, hockey for you northerners. We hope your dreams come true. Here in Albuquerque, we are starting to see some signs that Spring might be a bit sooner...and we cannot wait!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Six more weeks of "real" winter or this pseudo-winter we are having?

We are missing the big snow from Colorado again - we will get heavy rain:(

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Ginny said...

You are the first I have heard this news, Rem!! Right up to the minute as usual!!! For us, it means six more weeks of summer maybe, it has been so warm here that we have been running the AC. That is just NOT RIGHT!!

SquirrelQueen said...

I'm still trying to figure out why we get weather predictions from an animal that's scared to death of it's own shadow. I would put more trust in a Newfie weatherman any day.

Hope you get more snow Remington!

Jazzi said...

Yah I think you should see if you see your shadow. You could do just as good as job as he can and maybe you can give us Spring early!!

wags
Jazzi and Addy

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Looks like you already have snow, so we infer you want MORE snow. Hope you get it. Better you than us :)

Are you getting ready to watch the Super Bowl? We're looking forward to the new VW-Star Wars commercial with dogs.

Jed & Abby

Roo said...

Thanks for the background on Mr. Groundhog Day Remington! :) Interesting read my furiend :) Yap, figured winter wasn't quite done with us yet. Been like spring here in January! Wild! Not complainin though. Great for playing outside :)

Waggin at ya,
Roo

bichonpawz said...

Hey Happy GroundHog Day Remington! We thank you for the background story!!
xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Sagira said...

We are sad he saw his shadow but at least this winter hasn't been "that" bad.