Sarah and Theresa model matching pink thermal underwear featuring a convenient opening in just the right spot! I bet they’ll stay toasty this winter!
In our area of Virginia, the temperatures have started to dip into the
40s and even the 30s. This means that some dogs will already have
started shivering. And when it comes to resisting the cold weather,
size does not matter at all. The biggest, strongest, toughest-looking
pit bull or Doberman can be seen looking hunched over and miserable
outside because their short, thin coats are not doing it for them. This
is one reason why it’s so tragic that Dobermans are often used as guard
dogs. They have to endure loneliness and freezing-cold
temperatures. My late Doberman, Shandy, was always a chilly dog in
winter, so I bought him a sporty blue cape-like jacket from a greyhound
catalog that made him look like Superdog. He loved it and seemed to
walk taller in it too.
Many people don’t realize that some dogs need winterwear because
they assume that a dog’s coat is sufficient protection against the
cold. But look at it this way: Don’t you sometimes feel cold when
you’re outside with a coat on? And it gets worse if you’re not given
the opportunity to move around much, such as in the sad case of dogs
who are chained or penned outside.
A good rule of thumb is this: If you feel comfortable in a light jacket
and your dog has a medium-thick coat, everything should be fine. If you
feel the need to put on a heavier coat and mittens, then start thinking
about buying outerwear for your dog too. Don’t worry about it if you
have a husky, collie, chow-chow, or other dog with a thick undercoat,
but do worry about it if your dog has a thin, short haircoat or is old
or infirm. Worry less if you’re going for a brisk walk or run that will
warm you both up quickly, and worry more if you’re going to be standing
around outside for any length of time.
Or you could just observe your dog and see if he or she shivers. Then get your dog some outerwear pronto!
You can knit or crochet your own dog sweaters—there are lots of
patterns on the Internet. Teresa, the guardian of Joey and Chandler,
whose picture accompanies this post, whips out dog sweaters like
nobody’s business. And choosing your own colors can be a lot of fun. If
you’d rather go with something store-bought, there’s a lot to choose
from both online and at your local pet supply store: sweaters, coats,
thermal underwear, sweatshirts—even boots to fend off snow and ice.
Boots are particularly good for dogs with furry feet who are going
to be walking around in the snow. I remember my cocker spaniel Rogan
accumulating little icy snowballs all over his fluffy feet when we
walked in the snow the first time. Not too pleasant—in fact, he stopped
walking altogether and made me carry him.
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