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Old 10-18-2004, 09:11 AM
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Default How cold is toooooo cold???

Last night the temp fell to 31......pretty darn burry if you ask me. Now...Addie NEVER wants to be in the house, let alone sleep indoors......never has. Plus, she picks on the cat endlessly if in too long......so she has always slept outside. Dave built both dog houses. They are amazing in design (I'm his biggest fan of all things built..lol) They have double walls, floor, ceiling...with 4" insulation inbetween. They sit up off the ground, are filled with straw now and have doors made of overlapping heavy rubber strips. Both have an overhang and are placed so that they are away from the wind direction. That said........I always start to fret when it gets cold. Dave says I am 'projecting' my feelings, not the dogs. I've seen Addie lay in the snow on a sunny day sleeping peacefully...and yes...I feel cold. lol But, Hammie doesn't seem too inclined to be an outside kinda guy, so I say he should sleep indoors. Thus starts the debate in our house. So....your thoughts. Do any of you keep your dogs outside (in cold climate)? Addie gets fur so thick and even is inbetween her 'toes'....but will Ham get that kind of winter coat??? When it gets ultra cold, we make Addie go into the garage that we heat..but only to about 45 at night. I admit...she HATES it, but I feel better. I don't like heat, so it's not like we're sweating in here either...BUT???? Don't want to be cruel. I happen to know lots of folks around here who think it's just dandy to throw the dog outside in a thin wooden box and they think nothing of it. Hey....dogs get cold, too....so it makes me upset.
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