“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 degrees Fahrenheit when we went outside for Laura’s morning constitutional. First, I bundled myself up in a coat, gloves, scarf, and hat. Then, I bundled her up in her coat. Finally, we headed into our fenced backyard.
Yes, you read that right. My dog wears a coat with a snood which is like a scarf but much nicer for dogs. Also, we have specialized boots made for greyhounds. I’m convinced that if she could, she’d use the people’s toilet on days like today.
It can be deceptive to think that our pets will be okay because they have fur coats. Of course, 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.
If you have cats, don’t just assume they’ll be okay and leave them out. Instead, bring them in to keep hypothermia, frostbite, and other cold weather conditions at bay. Even long-haired cats need TLC in the winter.
Always provide shelter and warm blankets. Cats try to find warm spaces, including under the hood of your car. During cold snaps, make sure you tap on the hood before starting it to let any cats know about the impending start.
For greyhound, Italian greyhound, and whippet owners looking for a winter coat, go to www.greyhoundcoats.com to order one. The Maine Greyhound Placement Service runs Greyhound Coats. The proceeds go to benefit the non-profit.
Don’t Have a Greyhound?
Dogn’I Apparel in Bangor makes coats for other sized dogs, including little dogs that need to stay warm.
Spend these cold days snuggling under warm blankets at home.