While we haven’t gotten an unmanageable amount of snow in Denver this winter, we have gotten enough to interfere with Hamlet’s exercise routine. The winter months have reduced his outdoor excursions to just bathroom breaks while exercise takes place indoors in the form of fetch or other running around Boston Terrorist activities.
Even if there isn’t a lot of snow on the ground (and at our oft-shoveled apartment complex, the sidewalks are usually clear), Hamlet just gets too cold. He then resorts to minimizing his contact with the cold concrete or snow by picking up one paw at a time so only three paws are touching the ground.
I knew this couldn’t continue so I looked into getting him some boots. Yes, dog boots. Not silly little sneakers for “fashion” purposes but real boots to keep his paws warm and safe from the salt. After doing some research, I settled on Muttluks. I seriously considered the Ruffwear Bark’n Boots Skyliner but couldn’t find them locally and didn’t want to pay for shipping so the Muttluks won out.
Lately, Ham wishes it were warmer weather. He hangs out by the pool gate trying to get a read on when the warm weather will return.
I don’t think Hamlet is crazy about the boots but he is getting used to them. Hurried bathroom breaks are a thing of the past.
Hamlet is getting better at walking around in the boots and not flopping his legs around like a prancing horse. The key is to put the boots on and take him right outside for a walk. He is still getting used to the idea that he can go for a longer walk with the boots on without getting cold. I am hoping eventually we can build up to real walks so he can get more outdoor exercise in the winter. Until then, he’s pretty content to stand in the snow without having to act like a tripod.
That’s how this Boston Terrier beats cold feet. We’ll keep at this cold weather clothing stuff and let you know how it all turns out.
What does your dog do to stay warm when the temperature drops? Have you purchased clothing for your dog (whether for a practical purpose of just for fun)? Do you ever take pictures of your dog during a bathroom break? Just tossing ideas out there so feel free to respond to whatever strikes your fancy.