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Old 12-09-2012, 12:18 AM
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I'm moving across the state in January. I just went down there a day ago to sign my lease and get some things figured out and well......COLD! Holy crap was it cold! There is a HUGE different between eastern and western Wa! >_<

I really shouldn't of been suprised, I knew it snowed quite a bit in the winter there, but I wasn't ready for exactly how cold it would feel with all of that wind! It was barely below freezing (I think during the day the lowest it was was right around 30-29F), and it was snowing but not accumulating for the most part. I've been in snow and cold before, but the winds are so bad there that it feels 10xcolder than it actually was! Even the snow was hitting my face like ice shards. >_<

Now, by January there will most likely be snow accumulated and it will be colder. When we went we took Talon, but Art stayed here. Talon did good, he didn't seem bothered by the cold so far, but Art has a much thinner coat, little body fat, and is easily bothered by cooler or hotter temperatures. I'd say anything below 45F he get's cold. And the one winter we had snow he refused to go poo outside unless he had absolutely 100% no choice and couldn't hold it. And even then he tried pooing in the tub/bathroom >_<

So I'm very concerned about Art and the cold. It's a small apartment so our main source of excercise will be outside as well.

Any suggestions?

Obviously we will be getting a coat (fav brands?) and we thought about booties, but last time we tried we couldn't get them to stay on! He has such skinny little legs and paws.

I'm even considering trying to fatten Art up with lots of treats (he won't eat more kibble than he needs), just for the extra warmth LOL

Anything else I should think about getting or doing?
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:00 AM
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Erm, my dog isn't with me at the moment - and even if she was; she's built for temperatures up to - 70.

I'd be concerned about paws and ice melter/salt though - booties might be a good idea for walks. Cracked paws/ingested chemicals if your dog licks their paws at home isn't fun. Get something with adjustable velcro straps or maybe some disposable ones that are tighter.

A nice insulated jacket would make sense. Hurtta (sp?) and Chillydog are good options that I know of - pricier but worth it I think. There's another company that makes cheaper coats but I have to dig through my PM's to get the link back...

More body fat doesn't necessarily mean he will be warmer - but sure, go for it if you wanna try and put some weight on him.

Both of you have a safe and warm winter <3
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:16 AM
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Where are you moving too?! No advice ftom me except that us Washingtinians are whoosies when it comes to cold weather
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:53 AM
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We get at least one cold spell of -20 to -30 every winter, usually in Jan/Feb, but we just got through one, and it's now a super balmy 20 above. Zoe loves her sweater and booties. She can even just wear my hoodies. I use plain fleece booties from the feed store. The more expensive kind never stayed on. I just strap them on pretty tight and expect to lose some if she romps in deep snow. For walks on the road, they stay on fine, but I have to remind her not to run like crazy on packed snow, because there isn't as much traction for her.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:02 AM
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I live on the eastside and the wind is nasty. Makes things 2x as cold. All my dogs even the furries have good coats and horse style blankets for extra protection from the cold.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:00 AM
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I have a Chilly dog coat and a horse-style blanket I bought at the local feed store (it's a Weatherbeeta) for Riley. Mick and Murph are both double-coated so they don't need coats. I do like the Weatherbeeta a lot and it was cheaper than the Chilly dog coat. It hasn't been really cold here yet but when the temp does drop I plan on putting a sweater under the Weatherbeeta.

This is the Weatherbeeta we have (has an opening at the base of the collar for attaching a leash):
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:25 AM
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Coated dogs so no real need for coats, but the old girl had a denim one that Storee might get as she gets older or if it's super cold - but then again getting a treadmill.

Booties, we don't walk where there's a lot of salt and ice, and their feet are trimmed so there isn't a lot of extra hair to collect iceballs anyway.

We do have insulated crate covers that are awesome for the van and travel in cold weather, they keep the heat in the crates and stop drafts. In the summer they keep it cooler inside, tested it out on a hiking trip with the crate in the back of the truck and it was cool inside but hot on the outside. Even in the house they'll pick the insulated crate if it's an option.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:02 AM
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If you absolutely can't find booties that work (I'm sure some are made for skinny-feeted dogs and have tight velco straps, ask around), or he won't wear them, they do make a salve you can put on the pads to protect from ice and salt.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:05 AM
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I think a warm coat is enough. Their feet don't get frost bite and if you're worried about ice balls, you can clip their hair on their feet and between the toes a little and put something a little oily on them. I think they make something for that. I never did anything and my dogs were fine. I lived in north Idaho, about 1-1/2 hours east of Spokane Wa and it got a lot colder and more snow where I lived than it does in Spokane. As far as wind, Lyric, my Dobe wore a snood to protect his ears when it was really cold. But his ears didn't have much hair in them for protection, being cropped. The Chihuahuas seemed fine. If it was under about 17 degrees, we just didn't go for walks. lol. As long as they're moving/exercising, they're fine. I wouldn't fatten your dog up too much. The coat should be good enough if it's a decent coat.

I'm now in western Washington and the difference in temperature seems to be, on average about 10 degrees with those exeptions when it does a big plunge over on the east side.

Where I lived...in Priest Lake, Id there wasn't generally the wind you get in eastern and central Washington....all that flat farm land...it can really get going. And it seems to be windy most of the time.

Well, good luck with your move. It will be an adjustment. You'll have to get use to driving in it, remembering to keep your car stocked with emergency stuff in case you get stuck somewhere...blankets, extra warm stuff, food etc. But it will be an adventure!
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:16 AM
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If you absolutely can't find booties that work (I'm sure some are made for skinny-feeted dogs and have tight velco straps, ask around), or he won't wear them, they do make a salve you can put on the pads to protect from ice and salt.
I have salve like that for Riley when we go scootering - it's called Musher's Secret.
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