Dogs and Cold Temperatures – They Just Don’t Mix

Do you agree that dogs and cold temperatures don’t mix?  Dogs are pretty tough.  But I feel that they should not be left outside if the temperature gets below freezing. 

But this happens all the time.  I live in a decent neighborhood in the state of Tennessee.  We have dog owners on both sides of us.  I believe their dogs are left out in the cold throughout the winter.

So far our winter hasn’t been too bad.  But we have had some nights in the mid-teens.  I would not want to be out there.  Dogs and Cold Temperatures

Both dogs do a lot of barking on those cold nights, but their owners pay absolutely no attention to them.  Meanwhile, my little dog is nice and warm sleeping on our bed in our house.

One of the dogs is a beautiful German shepherd puppy – about 6 months old.  We have talked with the owner with no positive results.

We called Animal Rescue when we saw the puppy didn’t have any water.  They came to see the dog but apparently couldn’t do anything.

We called German shepherd Rescue.  They would really like to get the dog but couldn’t do anything since the dog was not being physically abused.  Nights of 15 degrees seem pretty abusive to me.

I read an article on the topic of dogs and cold temperatures.  It appeared in the excellent blog, TheDogFiles.com.  It was entitled, “Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker Saves Dog” by Chloe Taylor.

Here is a quote from the article:

If you’re like me and many dog lovers out there, your dog is probably living a better life than you. He enjoys the benefits of veterinary health insurance while you still stand in line at the clinic. He eats only the best organic dry food while you gobble up cheap produce. At night he takes up more than his share of the bed, wrapped snuggly in the most expensive blanket in the house, while you lie uncomfortably pressed between the edge of the bed and the wall.

Well, it turns out not everyone is as enlightened as we are! According to both The New York Daily News and ABC News on the afternoon of January 24 WABC-TV reporter Toni Yates and her camera crew were in a residential New Jersey neighborhood shooting footage for a story when they noticed a dog outside alone on the front porch of a house. The medium-sized adorable mutt had been left on cold concrete and was shivering from the biting winter weather. They were concerned, but figuring there probably wasn’t much they could do, they continued on to their next location. Hours later they passed by the same house again, only to see that the dog was still outside. Temperatures were predicted to drop as low as 12 degrees Fahrenheit that night and apparently this dog was the second chilly dog the news crew had noticed in the neighborhood that day. Thankfully, the first dog’s owners had eventually come home, but if they had already seen two freezing helpless hounds in one neighborhood on one day, they could only imagine how many more there could be.

The entire article can be read here.

Yes, Cory Booker is in the article.  What he did was probably political.  He seems to be in a lot of “people and dog saving” stories in the last few weeks.

But the article does point out the major issue of dogs and cold temperatures.  I hope you will help see that our little furry friends are well taken care of, especially in the cold days of winter.  Do you have any suggestions?  Thanks for your comments.

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