Every winter, I get Stella a couple of sweaters for everyday wear to try to keep her diva self from freezing to death . I normally purchase the Stretch Fleece sweaters from Gold Paw Series. They are inexpensive, easy to wash and care for, and are mostly durable enough for everyday wear. Unfortunately, my Stella Blue is not much of a lady, and while she does spend her fair share of time lounging on the couch like a diva, she also spends a significant portion of her day roughhousing with the boys like a naughty hoyden. The one problem with the Stretch Fleece sweaters is they tend to get holes in them, because Duncan bites them. He’ll be trying to grab her skin, and instead he rips the sweater with his teeth. Or, he’ll be chasing her through the woods, and the sweater gets caught on branches and shit, and rips them.
She has the Great White North coat from Chilly Dogs, which is truly fantastic. This is a mixture of fleece and waterproof material, so it’s not for the same sort of wear as her pullover sweaters, but once the weather dips into the 30’s here at home, she likes to wear the coat outside. It keeps her neck warm and the wind off her skinny body.
This morning it was cold as hell at home, and I pulled one of her sweaters out to put on her, and noticed it had two holes in it. The other 3 are also ripped. Good times. I decided to get a couple more for her today, but before I did, I wanted to look around and do a little research to see if I could find anything better for her. Rather than buy 2-3 replacement pullover fleeces from Gold Paw, I decided to try one of the thicker fleece sweaters from Chilly Dogs. As I mentioned above, Chilly Dogs is where we got Stella’s coat, and it’s truly the most durable and well-made items of dog apparel I have ever owned or even seen. (And trust me, I’ve seen a LOT of dog apparel.)
I ended up choosing the Chilly Sweater, in the raspberry color.
You can see the fleece is nice and thick, making it way more durable than the thin sweaters I’ve been getting from Gold Paw. Don’t think I’m dissing Gold Paw, I’m not– and some of my friends have had their sweaters for many seasons– it’s just that my dogs are assholes, and assholes need gear that’s a smidge more durable than than non-asshole dogs.
Eventually, I’d like to get Duncan the emerald sweater, and Wilson the blue jay sweater, as I don’t think they need the warmth of the actual jackets like Stella does, but to keep the snow and rain from the saturating their doodle fur, the sweaters would be ideal.
For those who want the details before ordering:
Great White North Coat: $145.00 USD
Tax and shipping included. I’ve also posted a screenshot of Stella’s measurements on the left. I know many of you have dogs her size, and it could help you guys decide what sizes you need. 😀
I’ll have to post some pics once I get her Chilly Sweater in. Hope you guys stay warm and safe this Thanksgiving!! <3