Who let the dogs out?

dog in bed - I want to stay in my bed...too cold
@polachicago (19073)
United States
January 23, 2008 11:36am CST
Ok, for the last few days I am not walking my dogs, because it is so cold. I just let them out. They are coming back so fast. I think they are cold too. They like snow, but when is not too cold. Do you walk your dogs, or just let them out?
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
23 Jan 08
We put our dogs on a lead in the yard that reaches up to the back door. They don't stay out too long in this cold weather! Well, one doesn't seem to mind too much because she has such a dense coat (she is part Chow) but the other two are barking to come back in right away!
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
23 Jan 08
ha, ha, my dogs are the same, barking to come back....
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
23 Jan 08
My beagle Buster loves being outside. But we have been very cold with highs below zero for a stretch. He doesn't like it this cold. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Jan 08
your dog is smart...he, he....
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
9 Feb 08
I have two wolfdogs ( see my profile pics ). They have a 1/8 acre pen out back & I let them in when I get home in the afternoons. They have their own doggie door so I don't have to walk them ( for that reason anyway ). These guys were built for cold weather so it doesn't bother them.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
9 Feb 08
I saw pictures of your dogs, very cute...yes, they don't mind cold weather...
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• India
9 Feb 08
I don't have to walk my dog, he walks me, we live in a fist floor apartment and it is not so cold here in India, anytime the door is open, he runs downstairs and we have to drag him back home. The nights are cold now and he sleeps on the bed with a blanket and a pillow. A pampered brat, he's a beautiful Lab, 2 1/2years old.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
9 Feb 08
lol...blanket and pillow, sounds like my dogs...
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
24 Jan 08
Where I live, in the Northeast, there is usually a warning on the weather report that people should keep their pets inside. Like people, animals will adjust to the weather a certain amount depending on where they live. Here in Quebec I feel it is cold if it goes below about 10F. It's not uncommon for it to go below zero F, sometimes down to minus 40 a few times a year. On those days, people don't go out much, and pets generally go out only to do what they must and then come back in. By comparison, my family in Connecticut complains of bitter cold anywhere below POSITIVE 40F. It's all in what you are used to.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Jan 08
I have to agree, below 10F it is not safe for animals to be outside, small animals suffer the most. We have really cold winers here in Chicago, right now is about 9F, but this morning was about -5F.... Warmer weather next week I hope....
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• United States
24 Jan 08
I usually just open the door for my dogs. There aren't usually many cars in my neighborhood so I do not have to worry about them getting run over. They also know the way around the neighborhood.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Jan 08
as long as you think that your dogs are safe... My dogs have fenced yard, I wouldn't let them run on my street....
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@luanakent (795)
• Brazil
24 Jan 08
Despite the cold.. I admire the way you walk with the dogs.( all with collar). Here..many walks with their animals but not always use collar. I walked with my poodle but..here is not so much sacrifice.. we are in the summer.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Jan 08
I always walk my dogs with collar and leash....
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
24 Jan 08
this is why I feel better not having dogs since I will have to walk them out and in winter I am just not the happiest person outside. I do think having a puppy will give my cat something else to bully (kidding) but then again this puppy will suffer in winter because I'm not going to walk it out, so I never get a dog or puppy. My cat can't care less what happen outside she is indoor and has enough to climb, push, rub, sleep on, scratch.. what a happy cat
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Small dogs are OK running outside if you have fenced yard. My dogs are running on my yard for last few days...
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@wrdsofwisdm (1070)
• United States
24 Jan 08
I have an 8 year old yellow lab and a 6 month old fox fur lab and I own a townhome, so I have no choice. I walk Xena(8 yr old) three times a day and Ginger 4 to 5 times a day and I have to pick up their poop each time. I have trained both of them to go faster when it's really cold out so their paws don't freeze. It's not much fun putting on the boots, heavy coat, hat and gloves eight times a day, but at least I get some exercise out of it too.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Oh, I feel your cold....brrr
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@Seraphine (385)
• Finland
23 Jan 08
It depends on how cold it is. I was out walking the dog for almost two hours today in -10 degrees celsius and sunshine since it was such a beautiful day with all the snow and he enjoyed it as much as I did but I don't think I'd be going out that long if it were like -20 degrees. I do walk him in whatever weather there is though, but sometimes the walks are much shorter than usual.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
23 Jan 08
I guess you get used to in Finland. We have very hot summer, warm spring and fall, so winter is a big deal for us. And wind makes it much colder. It is not only about temperature, but wind and humidity...making it as -29C.... I wouldn't mind -10 and sunshine...
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• China
26 Jan 08
I don't have much time to walking my dog . So it always stay at home . Once I take him outside , he must be very happy and run here and there .
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
26 Jan 08
my dogs like to walk with me...
@marciascott (25554)
• United States
31 Jan 08
I don't have a dog, but when I go to work sometimes for these peoplei do half to walk the dog, I haven't been doing it since it was cold out.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Hi polachicago I dont have to worry about walking the dogs because we dont have any.LOL We have cats and love they going outside a couple times aday. They stay right around. They will sit on my step waiting for me to let them in. Now that its cold they only stay out for about 10 minutes.lOL
23 Jan 08
We walk Diesel twice a day for at least an hour at a time as Diesel is a 15 month old labrador full of energy and this breed of dog need plenty of exercise as they can be destructive if bored. We only use a lead whilst walking on pavements and we usually take him to wooded areas and let him run free. He loves his walks and they keep him fit.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Terry, aren't you afraid to let cats out? My cat is indoor only, she is tiny and I am afraid to let her out. Justrachel, Diesel is lucky dog for sure. I saw Diesel picture on your profile...:)
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@mbcousins (116)
• United States
9 Feb 08
Hi Pola, good question....I walk mine three times a day unless I am really sick. I'm retired though so I have the time. I don't like the cold weather and I live in Pennsylvania so I bundle up real warm when its cold. PEACE
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
9 Feb 08
Pennsylvania has pretty warm winters, right?
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• Philippines
31 Jan 08
I walk my dogs and they get excited whenever I do.If I just let them out,some neighbors might get angry with them peeing or pooing anywhere especiall in front of houses.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
31 Jan 08
When I let my dogs out, I mean to my fenced yard. I would never let my dogs out on the street.... My dogs are always with collar and leash when I walk them and also I clean after my dogs...
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
29 Jan 08
Two of our dogs are big sissies when it comes to cold. The other one loves to go out into the snow and mark everything he can since it does not smell like anything anymore. He will come back in freezing his butt off but happy as a clam.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
30 Jan 08
ha, ha....kind of dog for sure....
@crazylady (470)
• United States
24 Jan 08
We just let ours out back and he quickly does his business and hurries back to the door! The cats won't stay our long either!
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Jan 08
sounds familiar....
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
24 Jan 08
we have a big back yard so they just get let out and it realy hasnt been that cold here yet. but one of them most time dont seem like he has had time to go before he is back at the door
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Jan 08
ha, ha....same like my dogs....
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 08
Nope I have to take Gissi out on the Lead as he has no Road sense at all and I have the main road outside to so no matter what the Weather I take him out
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Jan 08
I guess you don't have that crazy cold like we have in here.... I wouldn't let my dogs out if I didn't have fenced yard... My dogs could run after every Squirrel, and we have many here...
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@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
24 Jan 08
I just let my dog out and she goes in our fenced yard. When it's really cold she doesn't usually stay out long, but tonight she wanted to stay out and play in the snow, and it's cold . She loves the snow.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Jan 08
my dogs like the snow only when it is not too cold...
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
23 Jan 08
I actually seldom walk my Buster as we have a huge fenced in backyard. He gets plenty of exercise running around there. It's been very very frigid here so Buster runs out, does his duty, then wants in almost immediatly. He will go right outside by the back steps not even venturing to the yard it's so cold. HAHAHAHA! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
23 Jan 08
It sounds like my dogs. I have big (not huge) fenced yard and my dogs are not big....maybe about beagle size... They like to sleep during the winter a lot....:)
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
23 Jan 08
I like to go for a walk with my dog even when it's cold, but when it's too cold even he doesn't want to stay out long :) Still I have to take him out. I could let him out in the backyard and clean later, but my inlawa are the ones who live downstairs and to go to the backyard we would have to pass trough their house. If it's nubby they don't say anything, but if it was me the comments wouldn't stop, so I still go out with Tazz normally when it's very cold, we just stay out for less time :)
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
23 Jan 08
don't they like dogs? hmmm, inlaws are always difficult..lol
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
24 Jan 08
I"m not sure if it's dogs that they don't like or if it's because it's my dog LOL
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Isn't it funny, inlaws are making wife life difficult....I get divorce because of former my mother in law intervention...
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