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    How many of you who live in climates where it gets cold put sweaters and/or jackets on their dogs? I live in the suburbs of Chicago and winter can be downright cold, nasty, and snowy, but I have never put a sweater on any of my dogs. I'm wondering if I should be though. Also, if you use a sweater or jacket when they're playing in the snow, is there one that will keep the snowballs off? Thanks,
    Bev
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    I have never used a sweater or jacket but I did buy a jacket for Mindy because we are going to class in an unheated barn and I thought she seemed cold. The only time we've used it for a walk the snow (which was pretty deep) worked it's way between her jacket and her coat so I figured that defeated the purpose. I probably won't use it again in the snow but if she's going to be just standing around where there isn't a concern of her getting wet I'll probably put it on her.

    I live in Ontario and it gets pretty cold but we don't spend a lot of time outdoors when it's too cold.

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    I just ordered Belle a sweater and a coat because she is a bit on the small side and we are getting a very cold winter so far this year. It hasnt arrived yet so ill try it on her when we go for our walk and see what she thinks.
    Siobhan
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    My 2 dogs both have a jumper and a coat each.
    I live in Scotland and it is freezing at the moment....actually we have snow where i am!
    I sometimes have to put my pups jumper on during the day as she gets really shivery even though my heating is on all day and every night...hubby cant believe i leave the heating on for the dogs!His response"they have fur!"
    The other reason mine wear them is when I take them to trails at the weekend my adult cav ends up bringing back half a tree all stuck in her fur....she has really long hair.Really she needs an all in one from ankles upwards as i spend nearly an hour or 2 trying to cut them out when i get home and she is not a happy doggy!
    I dnt see a problem with the dogs wearing the jumper/coats.
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    I live in Ottawa, Ontario, CAN. Although a beautiful city, we get polar extremes in terms of our weather here. Winter is downright nasty a lot of the time. I'm determinded to continue daily walks with Maisy as much as possible so I went searching for the warmest dog coat I could find.

    The K9 Topcoat Kodiak was my choice as it is light weight yet very warm. The site (http://www.k9topcoat.com/product.asp?specific=168)
    quotes "This coat was tested tough at the 2006 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. It it works there--it will work anywhere.".

    I haven't used it yet but I can tell you this ...it better keep my dog warm because with the exchange rate and shipping it cost me a fortune. I spent way more on her coat than I spent on my own!

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    Kirra wears a wax coat - when it is stormy/raining - and it is excellent and many folk are impressed.

    Kirra loves to wear the coat - always waits until the coat is in place before setting to the outer door

    She also is waiting for a coat that 'Fifer' of Spaniel Trust is making for her - and I just know it will be wonderful in the winter - which can be quite harsh here on our wee isle.

    She also loves to be dried off with her warm towel - which is waiting on the radiator on our return. And of course groomed - after all she is an 'Irish Princess'

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    I will put a little sweater on sasha if it's really freezing, like below 30 degrees, and we will be taking a walk or being outside for more than a few minutes.

    She seems to like the pullovers.... she runs away from the ones w/ velcro (i had to return those). I suppose the noise alarms her.

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    Lady actually prefers the velcro ones - I think because they go on and off more easily. She has a fleece coat to wear when it's below freezing and/or there is a lot of cold wind, and she seems to feel pretty smart in it as her tail wags higher and harder when it's on!

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    I have a sweater and a coat and Alex does not mind either. In fact he gets as excited by the coats as he does by the leash. My problem is with the boots I got. He just stands there in them and looks like I have hurt him or something. When he does try to walk, he can't stand up. Do they take a long time in getting used to? I even tried to get him used to having something on his feet by putting on baby socks and he acted the same. The 1st pair I thought were a little short so I exchanged them for a larger pair and I know these are plenty big enough. Anyone else have this problem?

    Jane, Mom to Alex,

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    I am not one for dressing dogs. I will do so for an occasional picture for a calendar. I do put coats on them when it is really cold.

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