Snow a new joy for excited dachshund

WHILE Australians prepare for another season of scorching days and stormy nights, on the other side of the world, the long-freeze of winter is tightening its grip.

But while most Americans were rugging up and staying indoors, one young critter was having the time of his life in the snow blanketing Chicago.

Pintor the dachshund was a bundle of fur and energy as he experienced the wonder of snow for the first time in his life.

In a video posted to Instagram, the puppy didn't seem to know what to make of the thick covering - running, pouncing, sliding, rolling - but one thing was for sure: he was having the time of his life!

The video, which has just under 500 views on the social sharing site, has been picked up by several major networks including Good Morning America.