Some people in the Yukon have house sitters in the winter. They escape some of the chilly weather and go to places like Hawaii, while people they trust move into their homes for a few weeks to take care of their animals and plants, and to make sure that their houses are warm enough so that the water pipes don't freeze.
We have been house sitting at a place just outside of Whitehorse since February 1st, and we are enjoying taking care of Rupert the cat and Kobe (yes, Kobe!) the dog. Kobe became our friend immediately, but it took Rupert a little longer to warm up to us. Last night, for the first time, he jumped up on the bed and slept right beside Tomohiro.
Look at the white upside down heart on Rupert's nose. He's so cute.