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January 25, 2016 10:03 PM

Animals don’t have to shovel. Pets don’t have to concoct a way to free their car from a 4-foot snow prison. Dogs don’t have to feel the sickening pang of realization that the solid bank of snow they just stepped into was concealing a deep, icy sludge puddle, and now they have to walk around with a wet, gritty sock ALL DAY

Since critters don’t have to be bothered with these inconvenient experiences, they have been loving the historic snow dump of Winter Storm Jonas. Across the East Coast, animals are reveling in all the fresh powder at their feet. 

Washington D.C. giant panda bear Tian Tian stole some attention away from newcomer Bei Bei by spending his weekend shimmying in the snow at The National Zoo

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Big cats got in on the action too, frolicking amongst the cold stuff. Interspecies BFFs Kumbali and Kago used the blizzard as an opportunity to test their new wrestling moves. 

But the real MVPs of this much-hyped, high-delivering weather event are dogs. Canines embraced the snow physically and emotionally, romping through the towering blankets of white as if they were auditioning for a Balto remake. 

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Speaking of heroic sled dogs, a few pooches found their calling on the hills, turning into mushing mavericks without any kind of formal training.

But mostly the blizzard was just an excuse to act like a total goof while also racking up those Instagram followers. 

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So while you battle with sopping pant legs, ruined boots, frozen hair and terrible commutes, remember the dogs of the world are happy. That’s got to count for something.

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