Frigid Temperatures with Dogs

Brother and Cami
Brother and Cami

Before we start talking about the frigid temperatures we’ve been having lately:  We took the last few weeks off to spend time with our son during the last few weeks of his visit home.  The pack had a wonderful Christmas, new toys for everyone, and some special homemade dog treats.  Their favorites were the Bacon Cheddar cookies, they devoured them, and couldn’t seem to get enough!  The humans also had a wonderful Christmas.  For the first time in 2 years, our son was home for the holidays!  It was the best!

Frigid Temperatures and Dogs

Dealing with the last two weeks of frigid temperatures, here in North-Western Pennsylvania, has been a challenge with the dogs.  Getting the senior dogs to even step foot outside is trying. They step off of the porch and potty right at the bottom of the steps.  The big boys, and the terrier trio last about 5 mins total outside, but they at least go to the bottom of the hill to potty.

Cami and Sophie don’t seem to mind the weather though.  The other morning they led me on a merry chase through the 4+ inches of snow on the ground, with the temp at 2 degrees, and the wind chill up on our hill at -15, nearly to the church next door.  That was fun…  They also had a run-in with a burr bush.  It isn’t a big deal for Cami, with her silky hair, the burrs slide right out.  But Sophie Ann’s curly hair holds onto those burrs tightly.  We’ve been working on them with the de-matting brush and scissors.  And are hoping to get her an appointment soon with our wonderful groomer to get her looking pretty again.  In the meantime, the little girls are back on lead for potty breaks.

Lack of Outdoor Play Time

Window Woobie
Window Woobie

Temperatures in the teens and below have prevented outdoor play times for the most part too.  When the temperature goes below the low 20’s, we don’t stay out very long. Which leaves us with some very hyper dogs in the house.  Indoor play times work great for everyone, except the Terrible Trio.  Three younger Jack Russell Terriers are hard to tire out in the house, without destroying the house.  So they go out often, for 5-10 minutes at a time to run.  They race down the hill, circle the fire-pit and garage a few times and right back up to the house to warm up.  It’s not ideal, but it’s the best we can do for now.  That and pray for the weather to warm up some.  At this point we’d love to see temps in the 20’s at least.

This morning Sister even had to stay home from school, when the truck wouldn’t start due to the cold.  It was way too cold for her to walk to the bus stop and wait outside.  One of the downsides of living at the top of the highest hill in the area is the wind. We lose dozens of trees every year to it.  And my truck, sitting in the first parking space takes the brunt of the wind.

Lack of Humidity

Snuggie in blankets
Snuggie loves the pile of warm blankets, fresh from the dryer. She was ignoring me, thinking that I was going to make her move.

The cold dry air also becomes a problem with the frigid temperatures, and a forced air furnace.  Lots of furry dogs, and lots of blankets for them to snuggle in, leads to lots of static electricity in this household.

The house is sealed well, but we open the door multiple times every two hours for potty breaks.  Even with a humidifier and my essential oil diffuser, running nonstop,  keeping the humidity over 30% in the house is a challenge. If we could harness the static electricity the dogs alone produce when it falls below 30%, we could probably power the entire house.

So we zap each other, a lot.  Snuggling under the blankets with the dogs is like cuddling electric eels.  My, and Sister’s, hair is very static-y, and flyaway, even Woobie’s get’s that way.

Too Much Sadness – Due to Stupid People

I haven’t even been able to browse Facebook lately.  It’s too sad.  Way too many people are stupid enough to leave their animals outside in this ridiculous weather.  I’ve seen way too many pictures of dogs that have frozen to death due to their owners stupidity and lack of care!  But at least now, with the new Libre’s Law, it’s a felony for those horrible owners.  And you can bet that we, along with every other animal rescuer we know, are keeping our eyes and ears alert for dogs tied outside in the frigid temperatures.

If you are in Pennsylvania, and see a dog tied out in temperatures under 30 degrees, for more than 30 minutes, contact your local authorities immediately!  In other states, check your state and local laws.  More and more localities, and states are passing laws that forbid tying dogs out in extreme temps!

 

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