Friday, December 4, 2009
Our pawrents have never been ones to dress their dogs in clothes, but with the onslaught of rain we have been having, they are reconsidering - we live on a dirt road and get soaking wet when they walk us. But that is neither here nor there in the advice we seek.
Our Labradude, Java, is getting on in years and is in some arthritic pain. He gets an aspirin twice a day to help with inflammation and we know this thins his blood. Our old farmhouse is not the best insulated house in the world and Java prefers to sleep on the floor on Dad's side of the bed instead of getting in his own bed.
To make a long story short, Java seems cold all the time and we think this would accelerate the pain - he only goes out (get this!) one time a day to take care of his duties. Mom can't even force him to go outside and he does not make any messes in the house - just sleeps by the electric heater all day - and grumps when Dad makes him go in the bedroom at night - where the temperature is probably 50 degrees.
So Mom is considering a sweater for Java - at his highest weight he weighed 110 pounds so we figure he is at about 95 now - he has lost some weight since Mom and Dad got we Scotties and we have to go on so many walkies. Do any of you large breed dogs wear sweaters? If so, is there a certain brand or design that is best. Mom can't imagine putting Java's long arms into sleeves.
From the way it looks on all the websites, big guys aren't supposed to get cold. Mom would knit him a sweater if she has too, but she prefers to purchase one - after all, we have seen horses wearing jackets. We would welcome any advice we could get.
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java