Temperatures earlier this week plummeted down into the solid -30s and even touched -40 Monday morning.
The Siberians got a few days off running and were mostly curled up in their snug, straw filled houses; Cricket has got a good layer of padding and enough new coat growth to take care of herself; and the rest of us have been (short of chores)happily holed up in the house.
Well, all but one of us. Bet is missing her energy burning runs around the dog pens. She'd go out if I let her, but it only takes 5 - 10 minutes for her to turn into a little black and white iceball.
Leaving her locked in the house has her more wound up then normal and she has times when she follows me incessantly around the house or reverts back to her 'stalking' the cats behavior. Neither is a great option.
I tried to find a dog jacket to fit her, but I sold all my smallest jackets last year as they fit none of the Siberians.
Finally yesterday I was in the city and broke down. I went into PetSmart to buy her a jacket of her own. Sadly, they had no serious dog jackets and I had to wade through a number of 'Sexy Bitch', 'I've Been Nice All Year, Santa', 'SnowDog', ruffled, laced and hooded little dog clothes before finding anything that wouldn't cause the dog yard to break into 'roll on the ground', 'belly aching' laughter.
This was what I settled on.
I know Bet....
...but it is better then freezing to death!!!
Oh, and I also found this cool little thing to keep her occupied.
Her kibble gets loaded into it and she has to roll it around to get the food out! She's taken to it quite well and even uses her paws to manipulate it into dishing out her treats.
I think she better be careful though - Bait loves stealing her dinner and he appears to be taking notes...