Rain, Rain, Go Away


Taken in the “misting” stage before it started pouring
Portland is notorious for rain but we’ve been having even more of a wet deluge than normal. Normally, it mists. But we’ve been getting full-out rain and it’s quite miserable for the pup. We walk every day pretty much despite the weather and Mr. N comes home a soggy mess despite wearing a rain coat. He has hair not fur so no insulation at all. 
We met up with Sage this past week to let the dogs run and Mr. N was positively soaked from head to tail. Even he decided he needed a bath and he followed me into the kitchen (where I bathe him in the sink) which he never does.
It has been adding extra time to walk time because I have to get him dressed, undress him, wash his paws/legs/tail/belly, dry him, heat up something warm for him to eat, throw the coat in the washer and rinse off his leash and my shoes.
We’re traveling this weekend so I hope the rain doesn’t follow us. Do you have any tips to deal with walking in the rain? 




29 Responses

  1. Erin Amanda

    March 11, 2016 9:45 am

    Invest in some puppy booties! They keep feet warm and dry in the rain and the snow, and it saves time washing off our toes after we come in from the rain!

  2. Emma

    March 11, 2016 12:24 pm

    We don't get too many big rain spells. We just wear out normal furs and it doesn't bother us much at all. We get toweled and wiped down when we get back home. Hope you all can dry out before Mr. N starts to get moldy!

  3. Beth

    March 11, 2016 11:46 pm

    I wish I had tips to offer you, but Barely refuses to go out when it rains, so we only walk in the rain if we accidentally get caught in a storm. I feel you pain about the extra time, though–there are times when it's super cold and snowy here that sometimes it takes us longer to bundle up and get ready to walk than it does to actually take a walk. Good luck escaping the rain with your travels!

  4. Andy's Paw Prints

    March 12, 2016 1:44 am

    Our animals are all dogs and they do not like going out in the rain. We travel full time so going out always means being walked on a leash. We have an indoor outdoor mat both inside and outside of our rv and we wipe feet before they can come inside.

  5. M. K. Clinton

    March 12, 2016 2:37 am

    We are in the throes of massive flooding in our area. While we are safe and dry many friends have lost their homes in the 18+" that have fallen over the past two days. We have been able to keep up with our walks so the boys are happy.

  6. Val Silver

    March 12, 2016 2:07 pm

    We deal with this with wet roadsides from melting snow. Ted insists on walking in the dirt and dirty snow instead of the dry road. I just let him have at it and put him in the sink to clean off his "undercarriage" and legs when we get home. We don't do rain – except if it's light and warm out.

  7. Fur Everywhere

    March 12, 2016 3:34 pm

    Wow, it sounds like walks have become a major ordeal for you over there! I hope the rain stops soon and the sun comes out. I bet Mr. N would love to have some sunny days right about now 🙂

  8. Three Chatty Cats

    March 13, 2016 4:13 am

    Our doggie hates the rain and tries to avoid going outside to even go potty! He should be thankful that he doesn't live in the Pacific Northwest (where I grew up!). But living in So Cal, I don't have many tips for walking in the rain since it doesn't come up often. The bootie suggestion sounds good though!

  9. Talent Hounds

    March 13, 2016 7:31 pm

    Kilo and I are not fans of walking in the rain. He seems to quite like smelling mud but not getting wet or muddy. I keep special towels by the door but a pain. I hate the mud as he jumps on the white sofas to get warm and dry off if I am not quick.

  10. Rosa Doodle

    March 13, 2016 8:26 pm

    I grew up in Portland and love the city but don't miss the weather at all. My sister and brother still live there and one is a pet owner. What a hassle when I hear her talk about the rain and going for walks. I'm so glad I live in sunny Colorado!!!!

  11. Janet Keefe

    March 13, 2016 8:59 pm

    We tend to avoid walking or playing in the rain. We do better than we used to though, we will get out as long as it's not pouring. I need to get raincoats for the crew but dealing with 3 soaking wet dogs is just too much for me!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  12. Cathy Armato

    March 13, 2016 10:10 pm

    Oh, poor Mr. N getting soaked just to be able to get a walk. I would have suggested the rain coat but apparently that's not enough. We live in Phoenix where it almost never rains so we don't have that issue, we just have to deal with extreme heat. Stay dry, my friend!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  13. Christine Caplan

    March 13, 2016 11:24 pm

    I swear I'm moving to Arizona. It rained most of the weekend too – and the dogs are so done with wet walks. We're getting crazy wind to which makes Shermie nervous – I'm SO with YOU.

  14. FiveSibesMom

    March 14, 2016 12:38 am

    What an adorable photo! My Siberian Huskies are not fans of rain, so walks are really quick! Now, the mud that follows is a whole different story. They sure love that! ;-0

  15. Robin Mudge

    March 14, 2016 3:53 am

    It was great getting to meet you in person this weekend! At least there was a little less rain here for you. It would be tough to walk a little dog with all of the puddles and mud. If I had a dog, I would probably just do laps inside of PetSmart or another pet-friendly store.
    -Purrs from your friends at http://www.PlayfulKitty.net


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