Feeling like Summer?
It's fall, but apparently the weather didn't get the memo. I hear that it is supposed to be cooler this weekend. For now though, we are still enjoying summer. In October. Complete with air conditioning and flip flops.
The puppies have been enjoying the backyard. Mom has been working on knitting more sweaters so that they will each have a sweater by the time it gets cold. The sweatshirts they had last year are too small, and they looked a little ragtag. We will probably get the puppies each another sweatshirt to wear around the house and in the backyard, but the sweaters will look more stylish when we are out and about.With as slow as the Texas winters are in coming, she probably has a few more months to get the sweaters ready.
In other news, the cats are getting fat. More specifically, Kitty P is getting fat. Kitty S is just looking normal. We suspect that Kitty P is hogging all of the food. We would like to think that she is just fattening up for the winter, but I think she's just a little piggy.
Sweaters and Heartworm Prevention Treats
So, it is still cold around here, and we are still experimenting with puppy clothes. Miss M and Mr. B over in Chicago (here is their website) said that they often use human clothes because they are more versatile. After experimenting with a sweatshirt with Mr. C, we decided to follow their advice and get sweatshirts for the others too. We trimmed up the arms and made cutouts in the front for potty breaks. They aren't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, and at this point, our kids look like the rough kids in the neighborhood. For a first attempt though, I am pretty happy with them. The puppies really like them and have been wearing them in the house too- especially for their naps. They get very concerned when we take them off- like for instance when they are covered in mud from unauthorized zoomies in the yard and have to be washed...
The puppies were ushered away from the gate and back to the house. Mr. C was assured that they already had plenty of food in the house and did not need to steal lunch money. As it turns out, Mr. C really wanted the lunch money so that he could buy an iphone. They are not allowed to use the phone because of all of the long distance calls to Chicago to talk to Miss M and Mr. B and to Florida to talk to Wilbur on the Knotty Cat about sailing.
On a less thuggish note, all of the big puppies got their heartworm prevention treat yesterday. Miss M doesn't get to have one until after her last set of puppy shots, so she got a regular treat instead so that she wouldn't feel left out. Then Mr. M, Miss S and Miss M got stickers showing that they had their heartworm treats. Mr. M moved while Mom was putting his on, so he got a sticker on the nose instead of on the head. Miss B and Mr. C decided that they were much too cool for stickers.
Sweater Shopping in Texas
It's always been rough finding good quality cold weather gear here in Texas- especially along the coast. Before the internet was what it is today, you really couldn't find any decent cold weather stuff even for people, much less dogs. Thanks to the technology we have now, you can order just about anything from anywhere and have it shipped in, but if you need something right away, it becomes an issue.
Our puppies get cold very easily, and we finally decided that since this weird cold, wet weather that we have been having lately doesn't look like it really wants to go anywhere any time soon, we need some sweaters for our poor freezing puppies to wear when we take them outside. What we are discovering however is that there isn't much of a selection in sizes that will fit our puppies. We found some purple ones in medium and large that we hoped would fit the littles at least, but as I discovered when we got home, the medium only just barely fit Miss M- like a stuffed sausage- and the large wouldn't fit Miss S or Mr. M. That is odd sizing. We tried the large on Miss M and it fits very nicely. Seriously? I know that Miss M is growing fast, but large?
Just to try it, we also bought a men's size medium sweatshirt to try on Mr. C. We wanted small so that it would fit Miss B too, but they were out of small. I need to shorten the arms and hem it up a little so that he can wear it on potty breaks, but he LOVED it. He protested and grabbed my hand gently when I tried to take it off to let me know that he wanted to keep it on. He was so proud of his new sweatshirt. I think I need to check the kids section to see if they have some sweatshirts that would work for the other three.
The two of them felt quite at home in their new clothes and proceeded to show their appreciation by playing with each other while wearing them. They definitely feel right at home in them. Neither of them was very happy when I took them off. We also decided to raise the temperature on the thermostat until we get sweatshirts for the others so that they aren't too cold.
How to Deal with Cold Weather
As we were trying to figure out what to write in our latest post, the puppies kindly volunteered their blog writing services. They decided that a pitbull's guide to dealing with cold weather might be helpful to other poor mistreated pitbulls whose owners are cruel enough to subject them to frigid temperatures- you know, like anything below 75.
So here are the tips they came up with:
1.) Don't touch the bare floor! Pretend it is quicksand and avoid it at all costs.
2.) Convince your people to give you warm goat milk. Miss S pointed out there there are people who advise against giving dogs milk because they are naturally lactose intolerant. She thinks those people are STOOPID and is convinced that they are the same bozos who say that dogs shouldn't eat cat poop- an obvious delicacy. Mom unfortunately agrees with the person on the not eating cat poop part. Fortunately however, she gives them goat milk from time to time as a treat. She dilutes it with warm water from the water dispenser, which is why the puppies get excited any time someone gets water- even at Grandma and Grandpa's house.
3.) Dress for success. Tell your people to get you some jackets and sweaters. If your mom decides to make you a fleece jacket to wear temporarily while you're still growing, make sure she uses the little squares of stick on Velcro. That stuff is an awesome chew toy. It tastes pretty good too. If you can't reach your Velcro, get your brothers and sisters to help.
4.) The best solution to cold weather of course, is to convince your people that they don't need to get up yet and that you need to be on the bed cuddled up with them. This is a win-win situation. They get to sleep longer, and you get to cuddle undisturbed.
5.) If you are little, the big sad puppy eyes thing can be an effective method of convincing your people that you need a cuddle. On their bed instead of on yours.
On a side note, Mom is convinced that cold weather might be good for potty training. Sure, it might make them want to potty at first, but the minute they go outside, they are motivated to hold it longer to avoid being taken outside again.
First time pitbull owners who found two pitbull puppies abandoned on the side of the road and decided to adopt them...And then loved them so much, they decided to get two wonderful mastiffs.