How many coats does a dog need?
I asked Bob, a born minimalist, this weekend if he had a whippet on his own, what coat(s) would he have for him or her?
“Just the green one,” he said. We got this mid-weight Montana Dogware coat from a friend this weekend:
Bob instantly declared it his “new favorite coat!” He doesn’t like walking her in her puffy coat with the leopard collar because it’s too girly.
“And the raincoat,” he said. Fair enough: to a whippet, raindrops are the enemy. C-Biscuit loves her Chilly Dogs raincoat from Canada:
Then he blurted out, “And the cow pajamas! I can’t live without the cow pajamas! …even though we don’t use them that often.”
I asked him if he thought the green coat would be enough for zero-degree winter weather we’ve had. He thought about that for a few seconds, fearing the expanding Essential Whippet Wardrobe. Then he said, “I’ve got it! The purple sweater, under the green coat.”
“Purple sweater?” I asked. “Where did that come from?”
Dogs without a lot of fur, especially those with very little body fat, like whippets, really do need coats. I had thought that a sweater and a raincoat would do it, but it doesn’t. She has a puffy coat from Wisconsin for winter weather, and a sweat suit to layer under that when it’s really cold.
Every garment seems to chafe somewhere, so we have to trade off.
And, yes, there is the cuteness factor. If Bob gives in to it, anyone would.