How bizarre for me to need winter dog wear in Charleston SC.
December 2016 – we were chilling like this…
Yet the other morning it was 21 degrees. #doodlebrrrrr
Last week when the snow covered the Holy City – I was in awe. Snow and below freezing temperatures were chilly reminders of where we USED to live!
Looking at these photos – it’s hard to tell the difference….
WHAT IN THE DOODLE IS GOING ON? –
As I layered on clothing at 6:50am, I stood in my foyer trying to decide if they also needed winter outerwear.
I actually didn’t know.
Is there a temperature measuring winter dog wear guide somewhere?
For us mere mortals, we have indicators that assist us with these decisions.
Indicators that tell us when to bundle up, like when our:
- breath looks like cigarette smoke
- feet won’t stay warm regardless of what we’ve got covering them
- teeth chatter and we’re not even talking – well you get it!
In Virginia – the forecast formula made sense! SNOW + SLEET x FREEZING RAIN = WINTER DOG WEAR!
Pawhaps I’m just stuck on the fact that this is Charleston and no one should be making these decisions.
By 7:05am I was still scratching the top of my head wondering which box their snow suits were in. Did I sell them at one of our many garage sales before the move?
It’s possible, after-all, they certainly would have been in that pile of “won’t need these anymore.”
There was no time to rummage through storage boxes so fleece was our choice that early morning. It seemed warm enough for the thirty minutes or so that we would be out there taking care of business…
I decided head gear was probably not necessary – Jaxson was grateful…
EVERYTHING ISN’T CREATED EQUAL –
When it comes to taking your dog outside in extreme weather, remember dogs are different, therefore the variables are too.
- color and type of their coat
- size, age and weight
Cold temperatures also come with added concerns:
- Wind chill
- Cloudy vs. sunny
While our weather could never compare to the extremes of many other areas in the country, “cold” is relative to wherever you may be. For us, the sweaters have been out every morning for the past ten days.
I believe it’s appreciated – no one’s complained yet 🙂
Regardless of what your dog wears, during these challenging bitter cold days if you notice your dog shivering, anxious, whining, or holding up one or more paws, it’s time for them to come inside.
May your clothes be comfy, your coffee strong, and your Monday be short! ❤️