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I just read Fin's blog (what a beautiful dog!) which mentioned a winter horse blanket coat. There are several new Canadian tripawds and there will be more tripawds showing up in the next few months from winter climates (north and south of the 49th). So I thought a thread on winter dog fashions would be appropriate.
Without the insulation of fur, a dog is at high risk of becoming chilled. Their skin is basically like that of a human at that point. I think it is important to give a cold climate dog who is fur-challenged due to surgery or chemo some assistance in the insulation department.
Fin and Cyn – can you tell me where you found the nice pony blanket? It sounds great.
I got a doggy horse blanket from Orvis and the basic model fits great on an amputee. No need to worry about a floppy arm hole. But I mistakenly ordered it in a Fin or Oslo size rather than Tazzie size (one step down). I guess I'll have to exchange it for a smaller size, but that is always a hassle when dealing with mail order and international borders. I think the fleece lining is more of a cotton type fleece than a polyester fleece (I will have to check that important detail to make sure). Of course, cotton should NOT be worn next to the skin when warmth is needed. If it gets damp, it no longer insulates.
Other good winter wear: RuffWear seems to make some nice products and I ordered their fleece sweater (is that the type that Wyatt has). I figure this fleece will be his basic item, until the days get really cold and require an additional overcoat. I figure a horse blanket type coat may be good for the really cold days. Having said that, we are starting to see some fur returning and we are having surprisingly warm days (plus 13 deg C today – which is probably an all-time high for Winnipeg in mid-Nov)
Susan & Tazzie 2
We just tried out a couple awesome sweaters with Wyatt… stay tuned to the Tripawds Gear blog for reviews coming soon.
26 November 2008
Susan & Tazzie2,
Recall that I posted regarding a sweater that I made for Cherry. Your comments are not only true for Winter or the time before the fur grows back, but it is well known that humans have a very hard time staying warm during and after chemotherapy. This was the primary reason I wanted a sweater for Cherry. At first, I just sewed up the leg hole on a sweater for one of my two previous Standard Poodles. This really never fit well, so I knit one specifically for TriPawds. (Actually, it was made, ripped out, remade, ripped out many times before the final version.) Of course, Cherry has more than one so that I can swap for washing.
Bob & Cherry
20 December 2008
'……we are having surprisingly warm days (plus 13 deg C today – which is probably an all-time high for Winnipeg in mid-Nov)'
Hey, praise Dog for that global warming thing, eh?
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I got Brandy a waterproof coat this past weekend -just like a mini-mini- lined horse rainsheet that goes over her head with two velcro straps on each side. It goes on and off easily and she loves it for outside -she still has one side half bald from being shaved off.
Just ordered another (different brand) for my Rottie puppy who is a going concern and needs her daily walk rain or shine. I ordered it from Frontier Western Shop in Claresholm, Alberta where I’ve got a few things for the horses. It’s not here yet but it looked pretty good and I liked the shoulder gussets.
10 September 2009
Toto has a Fido Fleece and I love it! I thought he would be annoyed at wearing clothes, but it doesn't bother him at all. It fits him perfectly and keeps him warm. It also fits nicely under his ruff wear harness .
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As promised, Jerry just posted our Ruff Wear Climate Changer product review and demo video featuring Wyatt Ray Dawg in the Tripawds Gear blog!
This just in from FetchDog.com:
FetchDog's winter warmers for little puppies and big hot dogs!
Reversible Down DogParka – Price $79.00
Polartec All Season Stretch Dog Coat – Price $59.00
Quilted Dog Jacket – Price $45.00
Polartec Thermal Pro Winter Dog Jacket – Price $69.00
Polartec Arctic Fur Dog Coat – Price $69.00
FetchDog Gift Certificates – Price starting at $25.00
Another option if you don't want to spend a lot on something warm is to use an old blanket (or cheap one you find somewhere). Measure your dog from elbow over the top of their shoulders to the opposite elbow (or where it would be) and that is the width of your blanket. Measure from the breastbone around the shoulder to the rump and that is the length. Cut a U-shape out of one end for the neck, add velcro to close the neck flaps, and some across the chest to close the chest and you have a warm snuggie for your dog that is washable, wearable, and not too costly. You can use different weight of material for various conditions.
31 July 2009
If some of you are interested in sewing yourself a coat for your dog, here is a pretty nice and easy pattern. I am not that a good sewer but I was able to adapt it to fit Oslo's body and Mr Oslodaddy's taste . I made it with fleece and waterproof fabric. It costed me 10 $ approx.