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Dog wear for cold weather: dog coats, dog boots, paw protectors, more


Bridget of the Scottie News in the snow, originally uploaded by scottishterriernews.

Bridget does not wear either a coat or boots in winter. She doesn’t appear to need a coat and while she is sometimes bothered by salty Canadian streets, the only time she has ever gotten really mad at me is when I tried to put some boots on her at a pet store.

Once was more than enough. I gave up and started using paste, which works well but can be a bit messy. I’ve since switched to  Pawstick, which does the trick for Bridget.

If I did use a coat, I’d opt for one that does up the back like the velcro-back model by Fido Fleece shown on the left. Bridget’s pet sitter uses them on his Westies and says they’re the best both for ease of use and warmth. In cold weather you need something to protect the stomach and with Fido Fleece, you don’t have to sacrifice style to comfort. They have  a number of cute designs.


As for boots, balloon models are very popular in my neck of the woods although it must be said that a lot of people hate them because they come off and then other dogs eat them, which can cause severe problems and big vet bills. The alternative is Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boots, which pre-date the balloon boots and are highly recommended on Amazon as well as by Canadian dog peeps.

Oh yeah, this is what I wear on my body and feet. My boots were an investment, but they’re as old as Bridget — six and a half — and still going strong. I trade in my down coats every five years or so because I get tired of wearing the same thing day-in, day-out for several months in a row.

Anyway, that’s how we do it here in Canada. Please let me know your tricks for coping with cold weather dog walks. But before I go, one last trick for when it gets icy. This secret weapon changed my life.

Dallas Scottish Terriers prepare for snowy Super Bowl

Rebecca at ArtPaw never fails to surprise with her fabulous Scottie dog creations. These Dallas snow Scottish Terriers are just the latest. See more of her work by scrolling down here.

Meanwhile, here are some of our Dallas correspondent’s real-life dogs:

Three Dallas Scottish Terriers in the snow
Angela, Connor and Kenny show off their coats in the Dallas snow storm.
Dallas Scottish Terriers in the snow
Angela (left) and Fiona (right) brave the snow storm of 2-4-11 as Dallas prepares for the Super Bowl.

Yesterday the Scottie News asked Marie, owner of six Scotties and two Airedales, to assess the situation in Dallas as the city prepares for today’s big game. She wrote:

Well we have had a day of sunshine and a high of 43… (5C) tonight is supposed to be  31 (0C). The good thing today is we were high enough and sunny enough to not only melt the snow but most of the ice underneath. The north side of the house had a harder time of melting the snow/ice so some good old fashioned elbow grease by the husband shoveling the deck and driveway got rid of most of the ice.

As the temps are supposed to be just below freezing, we may have some refreezing in wetter areas of the city, but if people got out and swept or shoveled  it should not be too bad. I think the game will be OK tomorrow, but those folks who paid $200.00 to stand outside the stadium and watch the game on the big screen TV may be wet and cold. As tomorrow we are expecting clouds and  possible sleet/winter mix with a high of 38 and a low of 29.That was supposed to be in the morning…

Not too much of a surprise, I have lived here for 22 years and each February we have some type of bad winter weather. Usually ice, but more recently snow and ice. As I said, I prefer the ice as the dogs stay dry and snow ball free, but it is hell on driving…well not so much driving, but certainly stopping!

Looks like we are expecting another round of the “winter mix” on Wednesday, so the Superbowl fans from out of town should high tail it out of here ASAP!

Stay warm…
regards from Dallas

Scottie News will be cheering for Pittsburgh due to the large Scottish Terrier population there and the fact that we’ve never heard from any Scottie owners in Green Bay. If you’re a Green Bay fan and think that’s unfair, then leave a comment and we’ll reconsider.

Finally here’s one of our favourite Scottish Terrier football photos. And, of course,watch Puppy Bowl VII at 3 p.m. eastern standard time.

A Scottish Terrier snow sculpture from the hand of God

This Snow Scottie was not formed by human hands

Reader Emma writes:

Thought you might like this Scottie dog snow sculpture. We’ve had snow on the ground in south Wales since 17 December, and on Christmas day, a stroll out to the back garden revealed this accidental sculpture on the trellis. don’t think our Scottie dog Carlo was responsible, as it’s bit high for him! I am impressed that the snowscott has all its legs and a tail!

Nadolig llawen!

Well, it’s not the virgin Mary, but we like it.

Where is this snowy Wheaten Scottish Terrier?

Untitled by xenozauros, on Flickr

As faithful readers of the Scottish Terrier and Dog News know, our world headquarters is in Canada so we are no strangers to snow, but when we saw this shot we were still kind of surprised to see so much snow in November.

Anyone want to guess where it was taken?

And yes, we agree, the two of them are adorable.

Here are some more of our all-time favourite snow photos and posts including the story of the Scottish Terrier who found buried treasure in the snow and tips on dealing with Scottie snowballs.

Update: Okay, the location has been revealed in the comments by an internet sleuth. It’s St. Petersburg, Russia where I expect the locals to look like the photo below in winter, not  like they just emerged from a yoga studio around the corner. Back when Lara and Yuri were carrying on people wore the Ugg-like objects on their heads whereas nowadays it’s the opposite with the big furry things on their feet and a sleeker look on top. Go figure.

(Off topic: Why do people always carry obviously empty suitcases in movies when they go to so much trouble to make everything else seem authentic? It’s one of my pet peeves.)

Lara and Yuri in the snow in Dr. Zhivago. They don't have Scottish Terriers just empty suitcases

Scottie News heads into the snow

We are having the most wonderful snow-free winter here in Toronto, world headquarters of the Scottish Terrier and Dog News, but Thursday, I am supposed to leave for New York where 10 inches of snow are forecast. I’m just hoping the storm veers off course and my plane is not delayed.

In any case, here is a tip for Scottie owners in the snow zone: use your dogs as a snow plow just like this Pittsburgh terrier who overcomes her hesitation and clears a path.

Or book a ticket to Brazil:

Whisky was last seen here.

Fashionable pooch parka from Barney’s

pooch parka, originally uploaded by SpecialKRB.

Scottish Terriers are hardy enough that they don’t really need dog coats other than for reasons of fashion. However, given the cold snap that seems to be biting everyone except us Canadians, this down coat from Manhattan’s chicest department store may be worth considering. Not sure it would flatter Scotties’ already chunky builds though.