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If we thought we’d be getting another semi-warm winter season similar to the previous two years, the past two days coming at us suddenly like a swift kick in the rump have settled that ridiculous notion and laid it to rest.

Damn, it’s cold.

How cold is it? In numeric terms, last night we were at 15 below 0 and today we awoke to a tropical warmth of 5 degrees. In plain terms, double up on your underwear baby ‘cause it can get cold in places you never thought of.

Yes, those are dogs huddled against the blistery, frigid weather.

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I’m surprised that we haven’t lost power due to the two day snowfall, blistery winds, and subzero temperatures that have surely frozen some power lines.

I live near the town of Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. Great looking place but we lose power all the time, for the most insignificant of reasons. The neighbors fart; the lights go out. Yes, that kind of insanity.
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Taking dogs out in this weather is not fun and just simply not a good idea. Extreme temperatures are not good for them. Invariably, I make several visits throughout the day since there are many clients in need of a mid-day break regardless of how frigid it may be outdoors. For me there is no lavish, luxury spa day in which I get to stay home and lounge about. This is the business I chose to get into, and rain or shine I need to be out on the road making house calls to my furry clients.

This doesn’t mean that the dogs get long, lazy-day strolls. Not in this weather. It’s a “get out fast, do your business, and run back indoors before your tiny dog wiener freezes” kind of day.

This is what I do with small dogs who don’t walk well on icy streets on cold ass days. That’ll teach him.

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Listen, if it’s too cold for you to be walking around topless and al fresco, it’s too cold for your dog.

Some dogs visibly shake the moment they get outside and the cold air makes contact with their body. Others freeze in place and refuse to move even going so far as to slump themselves on to the cold, icy street, as if resigning themselves to death. I’m guessing it’s their way of saying, “I’d rather die here then move another inch forward.” Except I’m not about to let them die, so I pick them up and stuff them in my jacket. This is easy to do since most of the dogs that give up the ghost are small breed dogs.

Have some love and empathy for your dog. Know how to read the signs that your dog is suffering from the extreme temperatures. Screw daily exercise. One or two days inside without outdoor activity aren’t going to damage your dog. It hasn’t killed you yet.

Hudson is one dog who gets a kick out of the chilly air.

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