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Northeast winter 2015 and Havenese

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As a new Havenese owner, I was wondering what people are doing about outdoor potty walks? Is everyone using doggie coats, boots, etc.? Or can these guys withstand short periods outside in their natural coats?
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Hi,
As a new Havenese owner, I was wondering what people are doing about outdoor potty walks? Is everyone using doggie coats, boots, etc.? Or can these guys withstand short periods outside in their natural coats?
Kodi runs down the steps into the area we shoveled in the back yard, potties and runs back in. He's not out there for more that a minute!!! There is no place safe for walking for us right now, even if it wasn't so cold. Too much ice and salt, and no sidewalks.

But if he's going to be out of the house for longer than just to potty, he has a thick quilted coat on… even if we're going someplace in the car. It takes too long for the car to warm up. He also LOVES the heated seat in the car!!!


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Molly had a hard time last winter at 3.5 lbs when we brought her home. I set up a potty area in the basement when it was just too harsh outside. This year she is still only 6 lbs. The wind chills have been brutal and we have a lot of snow. On the worst days I put a turtleneck sweater on her with her winter parka. I have also been covering her feet with socks. Even with all that she still gets too cold if she doesn't potty quickly enough. I have had to let her poop in the basement again as a last resort.



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Kodi always has a litter box available to him, but only uses it as a last resort!


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Due to Tyler's advanced age, we are taking him out to the garage during this horrible, horrible winter. I always put a coat on him, as it is cold in there but out of the elements. This am it was -2 outside and a balmy 18 in the garage! What I find very interesting, is that although he was never piddle pad trained, if we put down paper towels in spots, he always heads for them to do his duties. He continues to amaze me.

Somebody, make it stop! It's just too much this year. With these every Sunday storms, there's a saying going around that says, "Welcome to Massachusetts, closed Mondays". How true that has become. I HATE SNOW!!!


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Henry and I are having cabin fever.
But we go out for short walks before each snow storm and then get out a bit more after the snow is cleared. It's not easy.

Again, cabin fever for both of us.
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Zoe and I have cabin fever also! I feel so bad for all of you in Massachusetts, especially Cape Cod, although the temp. here last night was -12 degrees (not the wind chill). She is my first tiny dog and I wish she would use a litter box but so far we are just doing puppy pads and hoping for Spring!!!
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Hang in there, all you cold weather people and doggies! I've been wondering how you've been managing the cold and snow with your pups, but it sounds like you're all very tough and resourceful. Maybe it would help to visualize sitting around next summer when it's 90+ degrees out, complaining of the heat! Seriously, it seems downright scary and I'd imagine you have to be extremely careful so that the doggies don't freeze. Jeesh. It's got to end soon!


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Hang in there, all you cold weather people and doggies! I've been wondering how you've been managing the cold and snow with your pups, but it sounds like you're all very tough and resourceful. Maybe it would help to visualize sitting around next summer when it's 90+ degrees out, complaining of the heat! Seriously, it seems downright scary and I'd imagine you have to be extremely careful so that the doggies don't freeze. Jeesh. It's got to end soon!
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I got her a coat but have to fight her to put it on, when I pick it up she'll run away. But she has no problem when I put her sweater on her. This was her first exposure to ice/snow (actually more ice than snow) and she didn't have any problems with it. She just ran and played as if there was just a sunshiny day.
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