FitDog Friday #7 – Hibernation


When the rainy season starts, Mr. N wants to hibernate until it is over.

He believes it is cruel and unusual punishment to make dogs with no undercoat walk while the sky drips down. It takes some coaxing to convince him that he will not melt during bathroom breaks when it is raining. After a week or two, he grudgingly becomes accustomed.

It takes twice as long to get out of the house on rainy days due to everyone getting outfitted. Real Oregonians do not use umbrellas. So everyone has tons of rain gear. Case in point: Mr. N owns four rain coats. I still haven’t found the perfect coat though. Suggestions?

Sometimes the sun surprises you.

Rain or shine, we are out walking. During the summer, we run into a lot of “fair weather” dog walkers. I often wonder what they do during the other nine months of the year. Do their dogs not get walked? If I didn’t walk Mr. N when it rains, he would be as round as a Thanksgiving turkey.

On that note, he is skinny again. He ate too fast or something and wasn’t feeling well so after a day of being on bland food, lost close to half a pound. He is at a perfect weight now but if he loses any more, I’m worried he won’t have any reserves to fall back on if he gets sick.




15 Responses

  1. Golden Woofs! SUGAR

    October 4, 2013 11:38 am

    So glad you guys walk rain or shine. Yesterday it was cloudy n drizzling here and no one was at the park. It seems that dog owners are afraid to get "wet" Love your jacket. Happy FitDog Friday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  2. SlimDoggy

    October 4, 2013 12:52 pm

    Love that comment "Real Oregonians don't use umbrellas"…
    Good for you Mr. N. a walk a day rain or shine is our motto too – of course it doesn't rain much here in SoCal, but we still walk everyday!

  3. To Dog With Love

    October 4, 2013 2:27 pm

    Rocco doesn't seem to mind the rain much but I've also thought about getting a raincoat for him. When he gets wet he gets, VERY wet! Love that Mr. N walks rain or shine. If it's really bad outside, we play fetch down our longest hallway!

  4. GizmoGeodog

    October 4, 2013 5:25 pm

    Sorry Mr. N. had tummy troubles…Walking in the rain is tough here since we don't usually get "rain' but more like torrential downpour…But we do our best


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