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