Not all dogs need to wear coats, even in the coldest weather. I rarely put a coat or sweater on Cricket or Sheba. There were two exceptions: I couldn’t resist putting a sweater on Cricket once just to see how cute she would be (and she was)! Sheba also wore a sweater when her side was shaved and healing after her last surgery.
Luke is another story. We often joke that Luke is a “Southern Dog”, since he came to us via a rescue from Alabama. His fur underneath is very thin. I put coats and sweaters on him as a puppy and thought perhaps he’d adjust to the cold and outgrow the need. He didn’t. You can see his pink skin easily through his thin fur, especially when he gets wet. He still needs coats or sweaters, and we have an assortment.
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Just like humans need different coats for different weather, Luke does as well. We get a real variety of weather during our New England winters! Luke has one very thick coat that gives full coverage. I call it his “snowsuit”. That is great for extremely cold and snowy days. However, it’s overkill even when we’re having a snowstorm, but if the weather is a bit warmer.
The sweaters and hoodies I have for him easily get too wet, especially since Luke wants to lie on his belly in the snow, chewing on the ball when he’s keeping it from his sisters!
Enter the Portland Pullover from Gold Paw Series, and we have exactly what we need for just a bit warmer but snowy or rainy days. This coat is one of Gold Paw’s fleece and waterproof pullover series, and I have come to love its features for Luke.
This jacket has a BioncEco Softshell which is waterproof and dirt repellent. Gold Paw Series cares about the environment, and this soft and stretchy Cirrus fleece is recycled. Luke can move so easily when wearing it. All their products are proudly sewn in the USA, and regular readers know how important USA made is to me.
The coat is easy to put on with wider arm holes than most. This turns out to be something else that is important for Luke. We spend a lot of time outside, and on days when I don’t have to work we typically go outside more than once in a day to play or walk. With our fenced in yard, the dogs can go in and out all day as they want. Therefore, it’s easier for me to just leave Luke’s coat on during the day. I am careful he doesn’t overheat in the house (I’ve never seen signs of it), but some of the clothing he has will chafe on the front of his legs when left on. This coat does not hit or rub on those areas so it is not an issue at all.
It’s also thin enough that I can put his harness on right over it, which simplifies things even more if we’re heading out for a walk. It covers his belly, which is essential for him when lying in the snow. The long shawl collar stretches up even over the ears for added warmth. Luke does not like anything over his ears, but I can pull the collar up over his neck when it’s colder out.
Oh, and did you notice how stylish it is too? That’s a bonus for this Momz who loves to have her boy looking handsome at all times! Gold Paw Series has a great variety of coats to offer, and I look forward to adding more of these dressy yet practical coats to Luke’s winter wardrobe!
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Groovy Goldendoodles says
Those are really good looking coats.
That looks great on Luke–fashionable and practice, how can you beat that?! I’m pretty sure Barley would shove me down in the snow and bury me in it if I tried to put a winter coat on her. I’m not sure what Rye would think of one–she didn’t mind her antlers at Christmas, but we’ve never tried a full outfit. Good luck getting a coat on Sam! Soth’s worn a t-shirt and a football costume and didn’t seem to mind either one too much, but it’s never easy to get them on 😉
And by practice I meant practical. Typing before coffee is not my biggest strength 😉
Yeah, I might be too chicken to actually try that with Sam – she can become all claws when she wants to! LOL
Cricket hated it the one time I put that sweater on her – she just stood stock still and wouldn’t even move at first. It was like she found it humiliating – LOL. I would like to get her to wear a raincoat though, just to keep her drier when we go out in the rain to play.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
Nice coat! mine wear neoprene vests in cold weather hunting and a robe after they get out of the bath. Oh and a coat when temps are really really cold.
Oh, now I just have to get Luke a robe for after his baths – I love that idea!
Monika & Sam says
Good looks and keeps the boy toasty…what could be better? ????
Staying warm in winter is difficult. I’m glad you found a coat that works for Luke. It’s also good that he enjoys wearing them and does chew on them. Hairless cats could use the coats.
He has chewed on a couple he’s had, but he did that more when he was younger and has gotten much better about that. It actually surprises me, with as little as he likes being handled, that he actually gets excited when he sees one of his coats coming out. All I have to do is say “paw” and with many of them, he can put his leg right through the sleeve by himself! I think knowing that putting a coat on means he’s going outside with me or the Dadz is what makes it so enjoyable for him.
The Island Cats says
Luke is stylin’ in that coat! And we bet he’s warm too.
Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom says
Luke does look handsome in his new coat! Shadow needs sleeves for her back legs, where her fur is thinning out, but otherwise she doesn’t really need a coat except during some of those downpours we get around here. Ducky has a winter coat, but I rarely put it on her unless it’s really, really cold.
Luke could use coverage on his legs too – his fur is very thin there. I did have one coat that covered his front legs but he just didn’t seem very comfortable in it, and it chafed him some too.
Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom says
I once had a hooded sweatshirt with four legs for Boo (my mom’s last dog, who became my dog shortly after Mom passed); but I have no idea what happened to it. And it wouldn’t fit Shadow anyway. It would probably fit Ducky though.
Shannon Adams says
It’s always great when you find something that fits well and works. We are in Florida but we still use sweaters, jackets and coats. I have a hairless dog and she has an assortment. But the big kids also have some. It’s challenging getting a good fit for them sometimes since they are so deep chested.
I have had a couple of coats that just didn’t fit Luke right either. He’s very slim, but long. I love the coverage this one gives while still being just loose enough and comfortable for him.
M. K. Clinton says
Luke looks so cute in his coat! It seldom gets cold enough in Louisiana for a coat but we do have some on stand-by. This Gold Paw looks great. ♥
You might have a need for raincoats though, or are you like me, and don’t walk in the rain much? 🙂 I keep telling myself that if I get them raincoats I’ll get out there more even in the rain!
Lauren Miller says
Luke looks so cute in his Gold Paw coat! Those are from a company here in Portland! Pretty cool, right? Anyways, yes the girls have a whole wardrobe. They don’t like being cold at all and it rains here a lot!
That is cool that they’re made in Portland! I guess that’s where the name came from too, I was probably thinking Maine when I heard it. LOL
Your girls always look so pretty and cute in their coats!
BrianThose are so really fun and reallu says
So bery nice! We used to have two doggies and they loved coats, especially rain coats!
Dolly the Doxie says
Gold Paw is our favorite! I’ll actually wear my reversible stretch fleece it’s so comfortable and I do admit it keeps me warm. Luke looks so handsome! Love Dolly
Two French Bulldogs says
We love our coats. Sometimes I wear my sweater in the house
Lily (& Edward)
We have one coat that puppies wear a handful of times on those seriously below zero days, but that is it. We have plenty of furs to keep us warm. Luke’s coat looks nice and soft.
easy rider says
gold paw is made for all weather… and you feel like sweet home alabame in it, right luke?