I briefly mentioned on Monday that we’re trying to put weight on Cooper. He is really under-weight. He’s all points and knobs.
One of the big problems making this even worse for him is the weather. Today’s high? 15. The low? -6. Without a single drop of fat on him, Cooper is fr-fr-freezing. His fur fuzzes out, he tucks his tail, he shivers like crazy… just to run out and pee.
So, we’ve been keeping him in sweatshirts and coats for the better part of a month now. I really think he realizes that they’re keeping him warmer because as soon as one gets dirty (read: peed on), we take it off, and he stands there and waits while we get another out of the closet. Then he diligently lifts one paw at a time while we put on the clean garment. Thankfully, we had a few on hand that have made it into rotation.
He has a green jacket that attaches with Velcro. It’s easy-on-and-off but not as warm as his others. (Though it’s super cute!)
He has the red fleece hoodie that I made as part of his Thing 2 costume.
This is a two-layer fleece that my mom made for Emmett several years ago. We couldn’t find a warm coat to fit his big barrel chest, so she made this to fit him perfectly. He… ahem… outgrew it, so now it’s Cooper’s.
Finally, my very favorite… his cable-knit sweater. It’s ridiculously cute. Maybe not the warmest in the bunch, though it can layer underneath the green jacket for some extra coziness.
Honestly, with the snow on the ground and how crazy he gets with Lucas and playing at doggy daycare, these things get filthy daily! Right now he’s wearing the green… the paw print is in the wash… the sweater is hanging to dry… and the red is queued up for when he or one of his brothers pees on the green!
How does your dog do with apparel? Do you need winter wear to keep your pup warm? Or perhaps more for the cute factor?