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Review: Yeah, fashionable Chilly Dogs Sweaters for sale on Amazon

Chilly Dogs is a Canadian dog wear company which, mark my words, is going to be the next Canada Goose. Dog fashionistas should take note if they want to be ahead of the curve and venture capitalists should get their cheque books out.

While Chilly Dogs make fashionable and functional high-quality dog sweaters, coats, rain jackets, you name it, today I want to focus on the sweaters, which are available on Amazon in the U.S. and Amazon Canada.

This Grey Diamonds model would especially suit a Scottish Terrier:

As much as we’re a fan of the classic Boyfriend model, we don’t think it would work for a black Scottie. It would be better on a Wheaten or a Westie:

This Burberry-esque dog sweater is our current personal favourite and works for any Scottie, black, brindle or wheaten. In fact, we think it would suit all terriers.

Check out the full full Chilly Dog sweater line-up on Amazon. (Or Amazon Canada)

Sherpa bag review: Dog carrier is recommended for frequent flyers

10 tips for for flying with your dog including bag recommendations

Not only is Wendy Rea a frequent flier, so is her Scottish Terrier Haggis. They’ve crossed the U.S. together several times, mostly in the air.

At 25 pounds and tall for his breed, Haggis is a tight fit in his carrier, but Rea says she “couldn’t stomach checking him. I don’t trust those handlers for love nor money, and I’d rather cram him in a bag and know he’s ok.”

Rea, who lives in Los Angeles, uses the large size of the popular Sherpa-brand bag. To get Haggis used to it, she started by putting him in the carrier just before going to bed and now, she says, he curls right up to sleep.

Dog in Sherpa Bag
No one has ever asked to see Haggis turn around in his Sherpa bag

“I used to travel for a living three to four times a week, so I’m a bit of a plane pro,” she says. “I’ve chatted and sat with dog owners on a lot of flights, and we all have had the same experience.”

Here are some of Rea’s flying tips:

  1. Do a flight simulation Take your dog around town and on drives with your carrier both zipped, and partially zipped to help him/her learn not to try to escape, to relax, and to mind you. I carted Haggis through department stores and walking down busy streets in the bag so he got used to it. It ultimately allows you to unzip the top a bit and let them pop a head out while in the terminal. I’ve found security will leave me alone as long as he’s on my shoulder in the bag, lap, or riding on top of my four wheeled suitcase. Dogs are supposed to be able to turn around in their carriers, and technically Haggis probably could if he panicked. However, I will tell you in all my travels, no one … has ever checked or questioned me once.
  2. Look confident My biggest piece of advice is to look like you know what you’re doing everywhere you go in the airport. Carry yourself and your dog with confidence, and you’ll get left alone and it will be over before you know it. Generally, the Transport Security Administration ( TSA) is completely confused by dogs, and when I have asked what to do they stare at me blankly and expect me to know. Don’t ask for help, advice, etc., just be casual and enjoy bringing your (fur) kid along. I do also recommend a four wheeled suitcase like the one pictured, it lets me wheel his heavy square-shaped bottom around instead of carrying him on my shoulder.
  3. Don’t worry about the scanner It’s really pretty simple, whether it’s a full-body scanner or a regular metal detector. Just take the collar off and your pup out of the bag. Send the collar and bag through with the other baggage, and carry your pup into or through the scanner with you, exactly as you would with a baby.
  4. Head for your gate Usually at the gate someone will notice you have a dog and check to see that you paid extra for the ticket, but several times I have flown and no one ever checked the manifest. Not at the gate, not in the plane.
  5. Book the middle seat Research the plane before you book the flight to make sure it does not have a smaller underseat storage area if you are flying coach. Middle seats, sadly, are often your safest bet for ensuring there’s good space under the seat and not some silly box/retrofitted electronics. Aisle and window are often much smaller. Use a bag with a side that can be zipped or velcroed shut as planes can have vents at the floor level which can make things cold as well as stressful.
  6. Upgrade if you can It guarantees a larger underseat area and, in general, less drama. It’s definitely helpful and put me more at ease the first few times I flew.
  7. Research any layover airports If I have a layover, I book through an airport like Dallas, as opposed to Denver, where you have to take a long train ride to get to the outside for a potty break.
  8. Consider (legal) drugs If all else fails a benadryl (check with your vet first) will make dogs sleepy and relaxed.
  9. Make sure you have your papers My sister brings both full veterinary records and a current health certificate just to be safe when crossing borders. She never had trouble getting her Jack Russell in and out of the States.
  10. Do it all again Haggis is a traveling champ, and usually gets a ton of attention while traveling. He’s such a ham, he now loves to fly and gets excited when we break out the Sherpa bag.

Have you gotten your Scottish Terrier toaster yet?

OK, some people aren’t going to like this consumerist post-Black Friday post so I suggest you skip right by it or leave an enraged comment.

Others can click the photo and head over to Amazon to buy some “Talk to the Tail” Scottie pajamas.

What else? If you want, you can wear your new Scottish Terrier pajamas the morning after while eating some Scottie toast.

And no, I’m not kidding this toaster really does exist. You can create your very own Scottie apparitions in the comfort of your own hme. And then add butter and jam.

You can even get free delivery if you sign up for an Amazon Prime free trial.

Douxo products help itchy dogs: Reader testimonial

Douxo medicated pads can help itchy dogs
More than 90 amazon reviewers give these pads a rating between four and five stars

If you have a dog who suffers from itchiness, you know that it’s not just excruciating for the dog but for you as well. That’s why I took note when a reader made a long comment a month ago that recommended Douxo products. I’m reproducing it here and I’ve added links to the Amazon products mentioned by Laurie. Otherwise it’s exactly how she wrote it.

Douxo products were a godsend for our Scottie Duncan, who came into rescue with terrible, untreated skin issues that had progressed to blackened elephant skin on his legs. He was miserable–always biting at himself, open sores: the worst case of untreated allergies his veterinary allergist said she had ever seen.

She began Duncan on allergen shots after a Rast (skin prick) test: don’t let anyone talk you into the blood test, which does not work for most (any?) dogs. The injections definitely did help Duncan; eventually he had one shot a month.

The Douxo products in conjunction with the shots, though, pushed his healing to a new level. We used the pads (available at Douxo Chlorhexidine 3% PS Pads) for small areas and ears, and also the DOUXO Seborrhea Spot-on (available in a large and pricey box at Amazon, but in a smaller, more affordable box of 5 at, in combination with various medicated shampoos.

I did not think the other Douxo products (shampoo, spray, etc.) worked well for Duncan. These two products we used help the skin rebuild its protective layer, which makes the skin less susceptible to bacteria, yeast, and fungus. Duncan also eventually got cold laser treatments once his allergies were under control, to help heal his terribly damaged skin. It eventually became totally smooth (no more huge wrinkles), white, and in most places most of his hair grew back, too.

The best thing: he no longer scratched and bit at himself, and we didn’t have to use either prednisone or Atopica/cyclosporine, both of which carry significant health risks (prednisone can lead to Cushing’s, which is not unusual in Scotties anyway; Atopica/cyclosporine is an immune suppressant, which is how it works to stop allergies, but this also can leave your Scottie more susceptible to many cancers).

I hope this helps someone! I’ve had four different Scots with allergies. We do use a holistic vet for light allergy problems–currently one of our Scots has mild seasonal allergies, and she gets a glycerite elixir of Passion Flower, Linden, and Nettles. Dried Nettle Leaf (NOT root, which is for a whole different condition!) in powder form (the “cut and sifted” is not fine enough–get the powder) really helps for itchies (works better in my estimation than antihistamines and with no bad side effects). Nettles are also generally very nutritional and our Scots happily eat the powder sprinkled on/mixed into their food. Buy organic in bulk for best product at the best price: you can usually find Frontier Nettle Leaf Powder Organic on; you can also get it on Frontier Herb’s own website. An eighth to a quarter teaspoon twice a day should help with itchies. I’ve used it for years (have had 8 Scotties in my life) with no ill effects.

Hope this info helps someone–Scotties are the best!

From the archives: Does your dog need a Thundershirt?

Stuart the Scottish Terrier in his thundershirt

Editor’s note: Now that it’s spring and thunder storm season is approaching, we thought we’d rerun this piece on the success of thundershirts in treating scaredy dogs.

Handsome and distinguished Stuart of the excellent Scottie Chronicles wants to be the next model for Thundershirt and his guardian Nan is getting out the vote for him. Here’s his story:

My eyelids are getting heavy…very heavy. As you can see, I’m pretty calm, cool and collected. The three C’s: that’s me in my Thundershirt.

I’m pretty dapper, too. My friends all say I look pretty cool when I’m wearing it. Though I look and act like an old man, I’m only six and the most laid back Scottish Terrier you’ll ever find. That is until some big ‘ole NOISE or THUNDER or FIREWORKS SHOW makes me crazy. And it’s getting worse as I get older.

So, the peeps thought they should check out the Thundershirt technology and lo and behold, it’s working. Yep. I’m a toilet hugger during a storm, but when I have this thing on, it’s a lot better.

Cool. Now I can hang out on the front stoop with my peeps during a storm and watch the world go by. That’s what I do best.

I really think a Scottie should be your new star. Really. The big dogs seem to get all the glory. And the itty bitty dogs get all the, “oh…aren’t they cuuuuute!” stuff. That’s fine. But, folks, let’s share the love.

Vote for me. Stuart. The most laid back Scottie you’ll ever see. Thanks! (See, I’m polite, too.) Oh..and yes, that’s white on my chest. I’ve got some white on my belly and back, too. Unusual. That’s me! Unusual Scottie. (All the more reason I should be your “star”!

The thundershirt is based in part on the work of Temple Grandin, noted author, Doctor of Animal Science, and professor at Colorado State University. The thought is that gentle pressure provided by this shirt calms the nervous system.Here’s some more background on how Thundershirts work and a link to buy them on Amazon.

The Scottie News‘ Bridget pays zero attention to thunderstorms. How about your dogs?

Update: Stuart did not win, demonstrating once again that life is not fair.

Bridget loves these Kong squeaky tennis balls

If you decide to try these KONG Squeaker Tennis Balls, make sure you get medium or large size.

And please note that while the reviews are pretty positive, some customers criticize these balls’ durability. Since I just throw them around the park, they hold up well for me. In fact, I always lose the balls before the balls lose their squeak. I also don’t let Bridget have them at home for fear she’d ingest them.

What Scottie News readers are buying on Amazon

Scottish Terrier books

Angus Lost
Angus and the Cat
Angus and the Ducks
First Dog Fala
The Philo Vance Murder Cases: 3-The Scarab Murder Case & The Kennel Murder Case

Scottish Terrier (Comprehensive Owner’s Guide)
Scottish Terriers

Other dog books

Knit Your Own Dog: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 25 Pedigree Pooches

Scottie trinkets and tchotchkes

Scottie Dog – Silver Plated Charm

Black Scottie Dog – 2 Sided – Silver Plated Charm

Scottish Terrier Property Laws Fridge Magnet

Scottish Terrier Set Of 3 Plane Luggage Tags

Scottish Terrier Security Sign- Area Patrolled by pet signs

Scottish Terrier Silhouette – Dog Decal Sticker

Scottish Terrier Honor Student – Dog Sticker

Scottish Terrier Sticker

Scottish Terrier Scottie Dog House Ornament

Scottish Terrier Art

Scottish terrier (scottie) family going for a sled ride / Lynch folk art print

Scottie Xmas cards: Because some people plan ahead

12 Christmas cards: Scottish terriers (scotties) frolicking in snow / Lynch folk art

Scottish Terrier Boxed Christmas Cards

Dog grooming supplies

Andis 22405 UltraEdge AGC 2-Speed Detachable-Blade Animal Clipper, Blue

Andis 21420 Pro-Animal Detachable Ceramic Blade Clipper Kit

Andis 3 3/4 FC Dog Grooming Clipper Blade Clips to 1/2″

Andis 64121 Size-7FC Ultra Edge Detachable Blade

Andis AG Blade – 1/2″-5/64″ Size 8.5

Andis Clipper Oil

Andis Cool Care Plus for Clipper Blades Oster 78005-010 Golden A5 Single-Speed Clippers

Oster 78005-140 Golden A5 2-Speed Clippers

Tweezerman Stainless 2000 Thinning Shears

Resco Combination Comb 1 1/2 -Inch tooth length with Medium and Coarse Tooth spacing

Safari De-Matting Comb for Dogs

Cowboy Magic Detangler and Shine

Not just for Scotties

6 Way European Leather Dog Leash, Adjustable Schutzhund Lead Black 42″-84″ Long, 1/2″ Wide (12 mm)

Harness Dog Car Safety Seat Belt system Sm/Med 12-28

Bags on Board Rainbow Bag Refill Pack, 120 Bags

Neuro-%-HTP Plus 90C – Biotics (to help with allergies)

Pro Plan Dry Dog Food, Senior Chicken and Rice Formula, 34 Pound Bag

Bell the Scottish Terrier shows off her first life jacket

Dog life jacket reviews — because Scotties sink like bricks

Bell the Scottish Terrier shows off her first life jacket
Bell the Scottish Terrier shows off her first life jacket

Yes, we know, there are Scottish Terriers who are expert swimmers and divers and who’ve managed to survive in the water under very scary circumstances. But, truthfully most Scotties are kind of goofy in the deep and even the shallow. They need constant supervision around water and, unless you are a trained lifeguard who feels confident about carrying out a rescue, you should consider following Bell’s peeps’ example and getting your dog a life jacket. That way you won’t have to be plunge into the water, dog wrestle and risk getting scratched up. You can just grab the handle and hoist your soaking wet terrier package to safety.

Especially recommended is the Kyjen Outward Hound Designer Pet Saver Life Jacket, Small, Orange, which has a multitude of five-star reviews. One Scottie-owning  reviewer writes: “Loved this jacket, fit my Scottish Terrier Mandy perfectly worked well in every respect. We took her canoeing this weekend and she loved floating & swimming with the jacket much better than her old jacket as this one supports her much better under her belly and neck area. Really well made should last a very long time!”

In case you can’t find it, here’s a size chart:

xx-small = 11″-14″ girth, up to 11 Lbs.
x-small = 15″-19″ girth, up to 18 Lbs.
small = 19″-24″ girth, 15-25 Lbs.
Med = 22″-29″ girth, 20-50 Lbs.
Large = 26″-35″ girth, 40-70 Lbs.
x-large = 31″-41″ girth, over 70 Lbs.

Please chime in and add any life jacket recommendations of your own.

Check out dog life jackets on Amazon