Tuesday, January 12, 2010

DoggyStyle: Really Cold Cold-Weather Gear

It has been super-cold here in Chicago. Unfortunately, the winter is just starting; February and March are the most brutal months.
We posted before about fashionable winter weather, but in these subzero temperatures we need to kick it up a notch. Mr. B. still wears his Ruff Wear Overcoat, but Miss M., who is more susceptible to the cold weather, bundles up in her Old Navy Ski Team Parka. We bought ours last year, but right now they have this one. I don't think it's really that much warmer for her; she's more into making a fashion statement.Miss M. also has dainty, delicate feet. Right now the sidewalks are filled with ice and salt which can be really painful when it gets between her webbed toes. We bought her these Muttluk dog boots. They are actually kind of annoying. They take time to put on, and sometimes one falls off when we're on the walk. But it's kind of worth it to keep her feet from bleeding and to see her walk like a duck.
The walks are really not that terrible if you're dressed appropriately. Being a snowboarder, and winter bike-rider, E knows the best cold-weather gear. Every winter, E pulls out these Columbia Bugaboot boots, the same pair he has worn since college. They have yet to leak and they keep his toes nice and toasty during the winter months.
For this season, E bought the REI Taku pants as his overall biking and dog walking pants. They are not as baggy as his snowboarding pants, so they are easier to bike with and he does not have to worry about tripping over them or getting them caught in his bike chain.
On top, E pretty wears the same gear when he goes snowboarding. He wears the Burton LTD Down Jacket which keeps his core warm and the Burton Superpipe gloves are warm, but not bulky so it makes picking up after Ms. M and Mr. B an easy task. I have Burton's Guardian Down Jacket. It's the perfect sleek jacket that has all of the warmth without the puffiness. We actually bought last season's jacket online during the summer; we were able to get it for 1/2 price. And much like Miss M., I have big, fluffy headgear. I jumped on the trapper hat bandwagon. I bought mine at Target, but it still has enough fluffy insides to keep my ears and face warm.
I still like my Merrell Spire Peak Waterproof boots, but I also pull out the Merrell Encore Boots. I prefer my older version, which are even half the price, and you can still find by googling online.
Even with all of our gear, our walks are much shorter. Hopefully we'll have a short winter so we can get back to our Chicagoing.

5 comments:

Kari in WeHo said...

the booties are always funny. When we living in Alaska the girls got so used to it they stopped figting when we put them on and didn't walk like ducks :(

kissa-bull said...

hewo fellow piitie/ducks
your boots are quite stylish
i thinks we are freezing here just looking at your piksures. brrrrr
you are brave woggies
wiggles and slobbers
the houston pittie pack

dw said...

The booties look great! Both pitties look really ready for the Chicago weather, though they are promising a warm up to above freezing this week!

Pibble said...

For some reason, the first picture of Mr. B and Ms. M on the steps reminds me of Dr. Zhivago. Have you ever considered changing their names to Yuri and Lara? :-)

laura said...

I love the Dr. Zhivago comment. I myself thought they looked a little like royalty (only way better than Charles and Camilla!). Poor Miss M. and her dainty feet. But if the dogs running the Iditarod can wear booties I guess she can too.

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