...Jazz's coat, after her first grooming, was much shorter than I wanted. She was clipped right down to the skin. (I found a new groomer, who does a wonderful job.) This was just as cold weather set in, so I bought a fleece turtleneck sweater for her. She has enough coat now that it probably isn't necessary, but I'm still using it when the temperature is below 20 degrees. Now we have several inches of snow, and she gets ice balls between the pads of her feet. I've been reluctant to walk her very far because of that. I'm also concerned about salt from road treatment. Should I get her some boots? (I can't believe I'm even asking this. )
I think boots are a great idea if the area you live in is heavily salted. You can also get paw safe de-icer. Muttluks were recommended to me here, and I believe there is a thread called preparing for winter (?) that also suggests other types of boots. If you like keeping her in a very short cut you can also invest in a poodle snow-suit. They are super great, and save drying time.
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Dex wears them outside. Great for salted areas and keeping the snow out of their paws. They are almost like a disposable boot. Not much for warmth but when they are on Dex has a good grip on the ice etc. I will also be using them allot this spring when it starts to get muddy.
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I have hairless dogs so getting them dressed is a daily thing in winter. My dogs all have shoes for the summer especially because I won't make them walk on hot pavement. Vlora and Vixen wear winter boots too, but Sherlock and Vernon don't seem to mind the cold as much. I don't have to walk where deicer is used, but just in case, everyone knows that their paws get rinsed as soon as we get home from a walk. Better safe than sorry.
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Hun, if you could only see all the things that I have gotten for all my little ladies, you asking about boots for your fur baby( ms. Jazz) is nothing at all. I think that might be a very good thing to get for her,use to drive truck with my husband Ken. Had a little Yorkie (Yancy)and one day Ken got me a tiny little tea cup black poodle , he named her BeBe, he got his Ms BeBe, a hot pink and black coat, with hat, and bright hot pink boots. Now Ken was 6ft 6in, and 250lbs, BeBe 1lb, out of the truck they came , he put her down so she could walk , so she could go potty,him not going very fast, her looking like a lady of the night, Yancy backed up, I wet my self laffing, every time he took his baby out , he dressed her. That is all I know about poodles & boots, but you walking her in the snow , boots sound good to me.
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Okay, boots it is. Thanks for the suggestions. And Abbe gails Mom, my husband wasn't eager to get another dog, let alone a poodle, but he fell for Jazz in maybe three hours. The next day, I caught him looking at rhinestone collars in Petsmart. (No, she's wearing black nylon.)
Sunny is never cold (must be the Canadian blood....) HOWEVER, the salt on the sidewalks and the frigid temps on the cement are really bothering him this winter. I end up picking him up over the salt, etc., but obviously easier with a mini. I have boots but Sunny does not like them and he loses them on the walk......good luck.
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I clipped Poppy just before a cold snap, and she got very shivery. I dug out the woolly jumper a friend knitted for her, and she will come and ask to have it put on if she feels chilled. Fortunately we have had very little snow - so far. I think there is a big difference between dressing up, and protective clothing!
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I have never dressed a dog either and I never thought I would until my old lab Aki froze her rear paws last year, I felt so guilty! Both my dogs have boots now but I only put them on when it's really cold or when snow balls forms under Sushi's paws. I really like the Fleece Lined Muttluks ones, they are expensive but they stay in place and are durable.
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I don't think dressing a dog is necessarily bad. If the dog isn't miserable and you are still treating the dog like a dog (you are the boss, not the dog) there is nothing wrong with them wearing clothes. It is cute. If you are dressing them to keep them warm, there is no question in my book that it isn't a bad thing. I have a sweater on Weegee and he doesn't need it, but he doesn't mind it and it is cute. On occasion I dress up my other dogs (like holidays) for pictures, but they aren't thrilled with it, so I take it off after a picture. I haven't gotten boots because I think it would be more trouble than it would be worth, but I don't walk him in the winter. He is only outside to go potty and then he comes back inside.
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