Baby it’s cold outside (so bring your pets inside)

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

The mercury this morning read -1 degree F when we went outside for her morning constitutional. I bundled myself up in a coat, gloves, scarf and hat. Then I bundled her up in her coat and we headed into our fenced back yard.

Yes, you read that right: My dog wears a coat with a snood which is like a scarf, but much nicer for dogs. (See the photos below. And FYI: She no longer wears the booties shown in the inside photo. We have specialized boots made for greyhounds.)

I’m convinced that if she could, she’d learn to use the people toilet for days like today.

It can be deceptive to think that our pets will be OK because they have fur coats. They do. But even hearty breeds like Huskies, St. Bernards, and Bernese Mountain Dogs, need to be brought in during cold snaps. A quick romp in the snow for potty time is enough during cold temps. Always provide shelter and warm blankets.

And if you have cats, don’t just assume they’ll be OK by leaving them out. Bring them in to keep hypothermia, frostbite, and other cold weather conditions at bay. Cats also try to find warm spaces including under the hood of your car. During cold snaps, make sure you tap on the hood of your car before starting it up to let any cats know about the impending start. Even long haired cats need some TLC in the winter.

For greyhound/italian greyhound/whippet owners looking for a winter coat, go to www.greyhoundcoats.com to order one (or more). Greyhound Coats is run by the Maine Greyhound Placement Service and the proceeds go to benefit the non-profit.

Don’t have a greyhound (you really should!)? Dogn’I Apparel in Bangor makes coats for other sized dogs, including little dogs that need to stay warm too.

Stay warm and spend these cold days snuggling under warm blankets at home.