Dog Sweater

Some people think it’s cruel, others think it’s a waste, while there are those who think it’s cute. Sometimes, however, it’s necessary.

As the season struggles to change from frigidly below freezing to Spring time warmth freak snow storms are sweeping the nation. Storms that blanket the country, covering several states at once, are dumping fresh layers of snow in places that usually don’t see any.

The fierce winds that tore though our quiet community ripped the gutter from my neighbor’s house and blew away anything the 55mph winds could carry. The winds brought freezing weather with it and my dog stood frozen in the back yard trying to contain the shivering of his hindquarters long enough to relieve himself.

In desperation I spent the night trying to complete the finishing touches on something that most would insist was superfluous. The next day the ‘blizzard’ hit, the winds pelted us with ice mixed with snow causing us to make our sojourns outdoor as brief as possible.

Finally finished the small item, made entirely of wool, adorned my dog’s back; warming him enough to allow him the coveted ability to enter the freezing outdoors long enough to do what needed to be done.

 

Bill's coat 2013

Okay, my need for drama is over for today. 🙂 The pattern is from here. Bill’s coat is a bit shorter than the one from the link but I ran out of black wool. The chest actually has some of the brown in it. He wasn’t too happy about the coat until he realized that it really did keep him warm. Now he’s as excited to see his little coat as he is to see his leash or harness.

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About Marcia Young

I’m the wife of an active duty Army NCO and the mother of one, home schooled, special needs child. I have won several people’s choice awards for my fanfiction under the moniker MLMonty. All of my current published works can be found via Smashwords and other retailers under my nom de plume Marcia Young. I am currently open to finding a new literary agent and publisher.
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2 Responses to Dog Sweater

  1. rowdyjaner says:

    Short-haired dogs haven’t the necessary undercoats that long-haired dogs have. And putting a small, short-haired dog out on an icy day is not much different from putting a baby out without a blanket. They need the extra coverage. Dogs also need booties – just like sled dogs. I remember my Samwise chewing clumps of ice from between his toes after being out in the snow.

  2. marciayoung says:

    Bill refuses to go outside in the rain unless he has booties. He’s odd sometimes I think he might be a cat in a dog suit. Bill needs his coat in the recent weather. He’s much happier with it and if you want to see a dog do a happy dance break that thing out! There really are people however that think putting a dog in a coat is ‘cruel’.

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