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30/30? Ha! We can do that!
We were going to do it. I mean, how hard could it be?
This 30/30 Challenge is turning into more of a 60/15 Challenge.
- Get Dressed. Dogs with long, thick coats have some built in protection, but for short coated dogs like mine, the right dog coat is important. The right gear is also important for dogs who have kidney problems, heart problems, diabetes or hormonal imbalances (like Cushings) since these conditions can make it difficult to regulate body temperature. Pick a coat with a suitable level of insulation/rain protection for your climate and that allows your dog as much movement as possible.
- Protect the feet. Not many dogs are going to be OK with putting on a pair of boots, but you still need to protect your dog’s paws from winter hazards like de-icing salt. A waxy product (like Musher’s Secret) can help keep the salt of your dog’s pads. Even when I use it, we still make sure we thoroughly clean the paws after every walk.
- Bring a drink. I don’t know what it is about the cold weather, but walking makes me thirsty. I know it makes the dogs thirsty too, since we usually go through twice as much water. I find cold water hurts my lungs though, so I always make sure I pack a travel bottle of room temperature water the dogs – and one for me.
- Grippy gloves. My biggest cold weather pet peeve is gloves! You get them on and then, BOOM! Someone has to go and now you’re pulling off your gloves to open a bag. Sure, you can buy pricey Gilder Gloves, but I’m way too cheap for that. My solution? Grippy gloves. Take a puffy fabric paint pen and draw a small circle on the tip of each finger. The puff paint dries a bit tacky and gives you some grip as you handle your bags.