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My pup must hate me then :S.
We live in Calgary and it snowed quite a bit too.
I took Simba out for a walk once and as soon as he hit the sidewalk, he started shrieking...it's not his fault he has a dense mom. The same day, we went out and got him little boots.
He is getting pretty good with walking in them. Initially, he did the high steps which was hilarious (for us), after that, he just splayed out and refused to move. What helped was that I let him get used to wearing a boot on each paw individually for a while before adding another one and yesterday, when we took him out, he was just fine. I would say the boots definitely helped us.
For some reason, he has not lost a booty...yet. We got ones that are made by 'Dogit' and they seem to fit pretty well. They also have a zipper and a velcro band on each boot.
As for keeping the belly warm, he has a hoody and a fleece jacket that we use interchangeably, depending on how cold it is. The last week here, it dipped down to -40C. I have noticed that he starts shivering pretty fast and I figured that if I was cold, then he must be as well. Again, the shivering has pretty much stopped and we can go out for 15-20 minutes with no problem.
Anyway, that's my two cents.