Our dogs are desert dogs, not familiar with – or built for – cold weather. But, they’ve been troopers, particularly Sadie, our little Boston Terrier. She’s a bit of a princess, but we’ve discovered that she loves to romp in the snow. She’s also a no-nonsense girl. While Meeko will sniff and hunt for the perfect spot to relieve himself, Sadie gets down to business right away so she can return to her warm blanket by the propane heater.
We’re doing our best to make sure our bark babies are appropriately outfitted for the freezing temperatures, but not everything works well. We worry most about the extreme cold damaging their paws, so we’ve tried booties. They just don’t stay on. We got Meeko a snowsuit with legs, but he hobbled awkwardly around, giving us a plaintive look, big brown eyes pleading to have the miserable thing taken off of him. We obliged and try to make it quick when it gets into the single digits or lower. Sadie likes her quilted jacket, but it doesn’t offer much more than torso protection.
I guess we’ll get better at gearing the dogs up for winter just like we will with managing the rig in the cold. It’ll take time, practice and patience – on all our parts.