Texas seems to export a LOT of pets, my wife and I foster animals with a local shelter (Seattle area) and they regularly get truckloads of dogs and cats from the high-kill shelters down there. The puppy we adopted was through a different shelter, but was also rescued from a place in Texas where she was scheduled to be euthanized because she might be part pitbull.
This is her, in all her clearly dangerous and ferocious glory:
She’s terrifying! The curious tilt of her head in the first pic, with those big, soft eyes that say “I’m cute, and could sure use a cookie”…brr! And then the snugly blankie pic…she’s obviously getting ready to pounce, and tear the photographer to pieces.
What’s her name?
Our flow seems to be from the southeastern states. Buttons came from SC, but now that I’m somewhat hooked in with social media rescue stuff, I see other SE states represented. I rarely see TX here in New England. It’s like an underground railroad with defined routes north.
I’m baffled by the whole thing. Why are there so many dogs in shelters down there? Why are the northern states (and Canada, it seems) able to absorb them?
Buttons got here in February (it’s almost her birthday) (but 11 years old, yikes) and LOVED the snow. She spends the first few minutes outside eating it while making pig noises. If we’re walking she’s licking as she goes, oinking. She doesn’t seem to have any issues with the cold, either. She didn’t love -10 the other day (and it’s coming again tonight) but didn’t seem flapped at all by it. Wind bothers her, though.
I’m sure Gord will prove a most excellent Canadian. He certainly won the jackpot when he landed at your house.
Thanks! He has certainly been loved up since he got here.
On the cold thing, I never thought I’d put a coat on a dog. I thought they looked ridiculous. However, this is Gord in his argyle sweater looking a bit like Mr. Rogers. I have since ordered a thicker insulated coat from Amazon. I also have paraffin cream to protect his feet from the salt. We do a spa thing
She hasn’t worn the boots yet, but she wears the jacket when she goes out into the woods with my husband on cold days. We also just got a flannel/sherpa thing from LLBean for walks on cold days, or for nights camping.
I’ve only had labs or lab mixes before, and they were made to go into icy water. Buttons is elderly and very short haired. No thick undercoat here. So…ridiculous it is! We just embrace it. One big happy dork family, lol.
I have Italian Greyhounds (looks like a greyhound, but 15 lbs). Very short hair, and not much body fat.
Not my dog, but looks a lot like one of them.
I also live in Minnesota, and they hate the winter. They do fine going out if it is 10F or higher. If not they get jackets. They hate the boots and try to get them off. We only do the boots if it is getting quite a bit below zero. I will say putting the boots on is always good for a laugh. They really can’t figure out how to walk with them on, and usually get around on three legs (which they do when it’s cold out anyways, they tuck one up like a flamingo to keep one paw warm).
At least for my dogs, they do fine even at 0F. Loose snow can be an issue though. If it is cold, and there is loose snow, it can get stuck between their toes. On the last cold snap, my boy Tito came in crying, and I had to clean out his paws.