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The Next Thing You Know, It is Sweater Season

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Hey guys. Welcome back to my Blog. I don’t know where you live, but where I live, it is beginning to become cold. Very cold. The temperature went from 73 degrees at 2pm, down to 41 degrees by 10pm. I grabbed the leash, the dog and the poo bags… I bounded out of the door as usual. Then, I abruptly stopped when I was greeted with a howling gust of wind and sprinkles of rain. Just enough mist to turn my hair from curls to frizz and ‘what happened?’ Well, I ran back into the house for a cozy hooded sweater. And, from Sophia’s nook, I pulled a charming sky blue and white acrylic sweater adorned with a very becoming light blue gingham bow tie. Very fitting for my Schnauzer. Now, off we go…

That brings me to the subject at hand. It is sweater season. Does the dog actually need a sweater? Is she fine without one? What is actually happening to her, physiologically, whenever she wears a sweater? Am I simply Schnauzer obsessed? Am I overspending by spoiling her with perfectly fitted clothing so she can look great in cold weather?

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Dog history shows that the first dog coat was patented in 1938 by Charles M. Allen. The garment was meant to provide covering for the body of a dog in inclement weather. And to protect from fleas. Wow!

And then, there came dog fashion.

There is evidence from Ancient Egypt that people were using decorative collars to adorn their dogs [Wikipedia] as far back as 1440 BC. An embossed leather dog collar depicting hunting scenes has been found in the tomb of Egyptian Nobleman

Maiharpiri. Legend has it the dog’s name was Tantanouit. The dog’s name can be seen on the collar.

Common sense tells me that clothing and grooming for dogs is an absolute must. What if you are a Saint Bernard, and your dad’s job relocates him to Florida? That’s a big hairy dog who is now wearing a short cut for survival purposes. And what if you are a Chihuahua and then your mom relocates to Wisconsin? I guess that’s right! We had better go put something on.

So, my answer is yes. My dog and dogs in general actually do need sweaters. They provide protection from the rain. They provide protection from the cold. And they are worn to provide extra warmth. And you know, just like us people…we while we are getting what we need, we also want to look great while all of that is in progress. That goes for the dogs too.

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  • Leg Warmers
  • Booties
  • Socks
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Coats

 

 

 

Cold Weather Facts For Pet Parents

 

Whenever the temperature reaches 20 degrees Fahrenheit, most of the medium and or large dogs can walk for 30-minutes.

The smaller dogs should limit outdoor walks to 15 or 20 minutes if temperatures fall between 20 to 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now if it is below 0 degrees, not one dog should be out for a walk.  

 

AKC says your dog’s age, breed, and health are all major factors as well. Remember that puppies and elder dogs are much more sensitive to the cold weather because their bodies can’t regulate their body temps well. If it’s below freezing, these dogs should be taken outside to eliminate only. 

Think about this for a moment. What if I am a hairless dog? What do I need? T-shirts galore?….then snazzy sweaters?…and then coats and jackets?…anyways…

Dogs also have body structures and physiological responses that control how much heat they exchange with the environment. They are…

 

 

  • Circulatory mechanisms, such as altering blood flow patterns
  • Insulation, such as fur & fat
  • Evaporative mechanisms, such as panting and sweating

 

Please remember that when you apply the sweater, this is all working at the same time. Think of it as being similar to a heating and air conditioning unit.

You do want them to keep warm, but you don’t want to over do it.

 

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From Our Table

 

Greenies Regular Dental Dog Treats SHREK Greenies

Yes! Because it is time for Sophia’s professional dental cleaning, I gave her the Greenies. Supposedly her teeth will be white after munching on these treats. But, that is not the case for my girl. She looks a little like Shrek about the tooth, gums, and fur surrounding her mouth. “My my my Miss Sophia! What a lovely shade of lime in your beard!”

But seriously, these help when I brush her teeth. Once all of that coloring has been brushed away she is ready to roll. She is small, so the Teenie size is recommended. I give her the Regular size, then monitor her activity. I just have always felt that she may choke on the Teenie size, and that’s the reason I upgrade Sophia to Regular size. When it starts getting nubby and her paws and mouth are green, I remove the treat from her clutches. Typically, she’ll eat 1/3 to 1/2 Regular Greenie.

There is no downside to this treat for my pet. Its main ingredient is Wheat Flour. It is easy to digest, and fights plaque and tarter.

For Teenie Dog Pet Parents, a word of caution:

#1 This is not suitable for dogs less than 5 lbs, or dogs less than 6 months of age.

#2 For each Greenies dental treat fed, reduce your dog’s main meal by 90 kcal.

 

 

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Cuddles and Wags,

Jacquelyn@thedoggyperspective.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. Hi Jacquelyn, this is really a great and also funny post. I love dogs, and I think it really depends on the sort if they need clothes. You are completely, right! Why should a dog not wear a sweater? I mean, he can get cold too. I have to laugh when I see the dog in the sweater in the photo. He doesn’t know if he likes it. So cute! Thank you very much for this funny and informative information!

  2. What a great topic! I’m a pet owner myself and live in a country where dogs are very well looked after. When it’s cold or raining outside, the dogs are covered up with the appropriate outfit. For people who do not have a lot of experience with this topic, I am quite sure they would be looking for more specific examples with pictures and links to help them make that decision. Perhaps add those links where you’ve put the quick doggie shopping list? Also I’m not sure if it’s my setup, but there seems to be many banners and ads ( more than the other sites) which takes away from what you’re trying to focus on. Is there a way to remove them so your topic is more highlighted? 

     

    • Hello Joanne! Thanks for your comment. I enjoy hearing that those dogs are well taken care of. The mention of the rain brings images of doggy rain jackets to mind. Some of those water repellant outfits are too cute. Well, about that doggie shopping list…try the links for⭐ Chewy gift cards. Those are great for gift giving to enable the receiver to shop for those items or, once you’ve landed on the Chewy Website, up at the top click on⭐ Holiday Shop, then scroll down to Dog Gifts: Top Picks, Dog Clothing & Accessories.  You have a point there, Joanne. Not everyone will want to explore the site for those items. Instead, they may prefer to get straight to the items via direct links. I will consider adding those links in the future. 

      Regarding the Banners & Ads, thank you for your input. 

  3. Hi, 

    From your article you made mentioned that you might not know where we live. Surely it depends on where we live. Like in my place, where I live. by now the sun is crazy very hot. When it is like 10 am you start feeling the hotness of the sun, which does not go down till around 4 pm in the evening. Your place is cold then you will need the sweater as mentioned in your article. Thank you.

    Aluko.

    • Thank you, Aluko. That’s right. It does definitely depend upon the climate in which one lives. Today, we have 39 degrees in the evening and yes, Sophia is wearing her jacket.❤

  4. Yeah….really nice article. I love dogs, I love dogs with clothing…I find them extremely cute. But this article is talking about the importance which is why we need to cloth our dogs. This article is something dog owners really need to see. I am definitely gonna share this. Thanks so much for this informative article.

  5. Dogs seem to be the most generally accepted pet, not only available pet, as we have other pets. Thank you for sharing this…quite educative. It’s a good thing to know that animals can also wear a sweater and keep warm in a harsh environment or weather. As humans wear sweaters, so also the animals. But I think the fur on the dogs should be enough to protect them.

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