a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Spring and Easter

Monday, March 03, 2008

Spring and Easter

SUMMARY: Yard's in bloom; bunny, dogs, and camera are active

Spring is more here daily. The plum tree is in full bloom; seems like any day now when plums will, true to their names, again be plummeting to the ground for the dogs to consume.

Meanwhile, they're consumed with interest about what the Easter Bun will bring them, and they're excited to be part of this unusually early Easter in their short little lives. I'm sure you all know that Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. That means that the earliest it could ever be would be March 22, and the latest, April 25. There's an email making the rounds about this; I provide an updated facts list here.

This year is the earliest Easter that any of us will ever see--pending time travel or an immortality treatment. Only the most elderly have ever seen it this early (at least 95 years old). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier:

1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be in 2160. The last time it was this early was 1913.

2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in 2285. The last time it was on March 22 was 1818.

3) But you may have seen, or might still see, the latest possible easter (April 25); last occurred in 1943 and will next occur in 2048.

My dogs are fascinated by facts such as these, as long as they are accompanied by peanutbutter-filled easter eggs.


  1. We were just talking about how early Easter is, today at the dog park. Now all I have to do is memorize these neat tidbits and amaze everyone with my indepth knowledge tomorrow!

  2. I'm always delighted to help boost agiliholics' status in their communities.


  3. I am so hungry for Spring - thanks for the blooming pic, it helped...

  4. My dogs (and even my cats) were riveted by your Easter stats! Thanks for sharing!