Winter has arrived in Massachusetts! At least for the time being, it’s supposed to be 60 on Wednesday!
This weekend was absolutely frigid! Sunday we woke up to a Feels Like temperature of 7! I only look at the Feels Like temperature because I want to dress for how cold it feels, not how cold it actually is and because the feels like is almost always lower than the actual temperature in the winter and it makes me feel more justified in my cold misery. Monday morning the Feels Like temperature was 3! I made Duke wear two jackets, though that was overkill I’m sure. I’m originally from California and Duke is originally from Arkansas, so neither of us are native New Englanders. I figure this must mean that when I’m cold, he’s cold. The logic here is lacking I’m sure, but that’s what happens to me when it only feels like 3 degrees outside!
And since my logic fails me in the winter and this is my first winter with Duke, I’m asking for your advice on how to handle winter with a dog! I’ve seen some of you have decent amounts of snow already and have not made your dog wear every sweater he owns.
So, these are my big questions:
- Does Duke need booties?
It will snow, likely before the end of the year, and stay snowy through March-ish. At least that is my best guess! We live in an apartment complex and thus have no knowledge/control of what they use to salt. My guess is that it isn’t the pet friendly stuff, even though the complex is pet friendly. I’m worried about his paws in the snow and salt. Is a balm for his paw pads enough? Or does he need boots? Sam thinks the whole boot concept is a little ridiculous, but I think he might need them. After all, I wouldn’t want to go outside barefoot!
- What is your criteria for your dog needing a jacket to go outside?
Below freezing? Duke already wears his ugly Christmas sweater around our apartment when it is chilly. (The maintenance men are hopefully fixing my heater today so maybe he won’t have to anymore!) This morning I put his Aussie Naturals jacket on top of his sweater for our walk. Probably ridiculous, but it felt like 3 degrees people!
One lone snowflake on Duke's head. Winter is here! #dog #dogs #cute #instagood #dogs_of_instagram #photooftheday #dogsofinstagram #ilovemydog #instagramdogs #nature #dogstagram #dogoftheday #lovedogs #adorable #doglover #instadog #love #photooftheday #look #picoftheday #like #iphoneonly #instagood #bestoftheday #dailycanine #daysofdukethedog #bostonterrier #boxer #aanimal_loverrs #snow
- How do you keep your dog’s paws healthy in the snow?
I’ve heard that the salt can be bad for their paws and that sometimes their paws will bleed in the snow. The last thing I want it bloody paw prints all over! I’ve read that I should trim the fur around his paw pads – is this something the groomer should do I or can I just trim it up? Do you have a favorite balm to put on their paws to help?
- Does Duke need anything to keep him warm in the house at night?
At the moment, our heater is being all weird causing it to turn off at random times. This morning when we woke up, the apartment was in the low 60s. We were all freezing, but Duke seemed especially cold. He had made his way under the covers to keep warm. He was curled up into a little ball and felt cold. Should he be sleeping in a sweater? Snuggled up in a big comforter? He normally sleeps on top of our blankets but on our bed. Otherwise, he’ll end up making his way under the covers which seems just a bit excessive. I feel as if we need boundaries somewhere!
Update: The heater is fixed! After having workmen in here all day yesterday, it is now toasty warm! So this is less of a concern now, but I’m still curious to hear your thoughts!
Woke up to find someone looking mighty comfortable up at the top of the bed. #dog #dogs #cute #instagood #dogs_of_instagram #photooftheday #dogsofinstagram #ilovemydog #instagramdogs #nature #dogstagram #dogoftheday #lovedogs #adorable #doglover #instadog #love #photooftheday #look #picoftheday #like #iphoneonly #instagood #bestoftheday #sunday #daysofdukethedog #bostonterrier #boxer #goodmorning #sundaymorning
Any advice you all have would be so appreciated! Your advice makes such a difference in how we take care of Duke, it really feels like a community effort to me.