I love to walk, that is no surprise to those who know me, but when the weather gets really cold I keep in mind, and you should too, the following:
- Puppies and senior dogs should take short walks
- If your dog is shivering, doesn’t want to leave the house, etc., this is a clue for you Not to take him for a walk. Yes, you heard me right
- Short-haired dogs like Abby need a sweater and/or jacket when outdoors
- Always check your dog’s pads and nails
- In extreme cold weather, take your dog to do his business and bring him right back
Once you are back home with your dog, remember to provide him with a comfortable warm bed, and a sweater. Abby always wears a sweater when we are home otherwise I’d have to take her out to pee once every 2 hours!
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I don’t know how to start this post, so here it goes. I am going to make a list of the things I like and dislike about Winter so this way maybe someone out there will say, “Me too.” Misery does love company.
Things I like about Winter:
- Shoveling snow, but only if I do it within 5 hours after it has stopped snowing. I actually enjoy it.
- Clothing – I like to wear a coat, scarf, gloves, etc.
Things I dislike about Winter:
- I cannot go for a walk with Alex for too long specially when the roads/sidewalks are icy
- I have to wear layer after layer of clothing to keep myself warm. Alex doesn’t like to wear sweaters except for one, so I think is safe to say that Alex shares this dislike with me
- My hands hurt the colder the weather gets and I hate it
- I cannot take a shower and then go out. Why? Every time I do that I get a cold. No, really. I really do get a cold
- In cold weather, there are more accidents due to icy roads
Do you know what is the best part about having a canine companion? In my case, Alex makes me see things in a different way. Look at her. Asleep, close to the vent of course, with no care in the world. Alex makes the best out of any situation and time of the year. What a great teacher she is, don’t you think? Well, I will stop my complaining and follow Alex’s lead and enjoy the day even though as I look out my window I see nothing but more snow. I know, I know. I was still able to complain one more time. What can I say? I am human after all.
Well, I really thought that Maryland was going to get hit pretty bad with this storm, but we dodged the bullet, and I am so glad. I was worried to be quiet honest, but Alex, on the other hand, was cool like a cucumber. When I took her out, I think she was just happy to be out and did not seem to have a care in the world.
Aside from taking Alex for short walks, during Winter I do my best to make sure that I always have chicken soup cooked and ready for my girl. She seems to enjoy it specially when she gets it as part of her morning and evening meal. Don’t forget to exercise your canine companions, but please bundle up, both you and your furry kid, make the walks short, and be safe.
Many times, we assume that our furry kids can deal with a cold climate like the one we get here in Maryland, but that is not true. Our furry kids, just like us, do get cold and we must make sure that they are properly attire to withstand cold weather. Alex, in the above picture, is wearing a jacket, but since she gets cold very easy nowadays I am adding a sweater to that jacket when we go out.
Some dogs like Alex and Dexter with short hair need to be protected from the cold even when they are home. Depending on how cold the day is, I make Alex and Bella wear a sweater. Puppies and senior dogs are more sensitive to extreme weather than young, healthy dogs.
With that being said, please make sure that your canine companions have a comfortable bed that includes at least one blanket, and when venturing outside a sweater and jacket would be nice. Of course, do not forget to bundle up yourself.
Dexter, Bella, and Alex (L to R)
When we first met Dexter, a handsome boxer mix, I thought that he was a high energy dog, but I was wrong. Dexter is actually a medium-level energy dog. Why am I talking about this? Because your level of energy and that of your future or current dog is very important in order to make the right match. Dexter does well, during Summer, with a 30-40 minute walk in the morning, and evening, and a small break around noon for 15 minutes. But, when Winter comes, he needs longer walks. The first few days, when he comes to stay with us, I walk Dexter the most because he has an abundance of energy, but as days go by I have to use Bella for longer walksn because this handsome boy starts to walk behind me rather than next to me.
Also, remember that as dogs age their level of energy will decrease. Alex, my pit mix, so far has been the dog with the highest energy level. If she were a human being, she’d probably be classified as hyperactive in her younger years. Well, it only took 10 years for Alex to calm down. How would you classify your dog’s energy level? Have a great week.
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For the first 15 years of my life, I lived in a tropical climate. My past time was riding my bike, going to the beach almost every day, and/or playing with my neighbors. I never liked nor thought that I could live in a place where winters were as bad as what we are experiencing this year, but here I am living in Maryland with my girlfriend and our canine daughter, Alex.
Does it sound like I am complaining about the weather? Yes, I am. Today, I finally was able to take Alex and Bella for a nice walk. I took them to walk separately because Bella is still learning how to walk on leash, but I was really surprised at how well she did today. It does not mean she is done, but she has improved a lot. In the near future, when the weather gets better, I am going to start taking her to walk in different areas so she can be exposed to people, dogs, cars, etc. For now, we are just walking around the neighborhood and that keep us busy enough.
Although I really like Maryland and our neighborhood, this year I am seriously thinking about moving to the Southwest. Yes, I am that fed up with this weather. And you know what? I just heard that we have more snow coming our way. Boy, the fun never ends. Look at Alex. She is just enjoying being out. By the way, that picture was taken last year. Maybe I should do the same, and enjoy what I have, and yes, that includes this awful weather. Have a great week:-)
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My girl, Alex, and Sienna, both seem to get cold very easy. Whenever they are cold, they look directly at me or Cynthia as if to say, “I am cold”, and this is our cue for us to bundle up both of them.
Sienna wrapped in a blanket
Sienna loves when we wrap her in a blanket. If you decide to do this with your dog, make sure not to wrap her too tight.
Sienna, wrapped up in a blanket like a burrito?
Burrito? Now I am getting hungry.
I guess Sienna got tired of posing and decided to take a nap.
Sienna and Alex
What I’ve noticed with dogs is that those dogs that have very short hair like Sienna and Alex do tend to get cold very easy. People without pets usually ask, “Why make a dog wear a sweater? They don’t get cold”. That is not true, specially for those dogs with short hair like my two girls on the above picture. If your dog is shivering, and you are outside with her on a cold day, believe me, chances are that she is really cold, not just cold. A lot of dogs do not like to wear sweaters, like my Alex, but I make her wear it anyway because the minute we stop walking she shivers a lot. Take your dog for a walk, but make sure you outfit her properly during this time of the year.