Sunday, January 22, 2012

Struck By...Something

OK, internet, we all know I'm crazy but mostly the affable Zooey-Deschanel-without-cleavage kind of crazy. I tread pretty close to the line, though, but at least I know it. At least I'm aware that I need to check in periodically to make sure I haven't turned the corner to Grey-Gardens-with-the-decorating-scheme kind of crazy.

This is one of those times.

It's cold out, that's no surprise, it's winter in New York. The dog gets cold, which is also not a surprise. This is an animal that seeks out a patch of sun to nap in when it's 90 degrees out. He likes to get in under the bed where it's really hot when the temps go over 80, just to get himself comfortable. My apartment is routinely over 85F in the winter and he likes to sleep under the comforter down near my feet. He's a hot temp dog is what I'm saying. He has quality outerwear bought and handmade for him by friends and family. He hates putting these things on but I force it, dragging him out from under the dining room table and from behind chairs to zap him with the relentless static of a sweater and coat. Still it's 18F with a whipping wind and we wind up staying outside for an hour at a stretch a lot of mornings. I'm starting to worry that the cumulative effect of so much time outside is hurting him. 

I've wanted to get the dog a backpack. This is not crazy. This might be self-preservation on some level. Need to make him carry his own weight and so he gets tired reliably. I've held off because I haven't seen one in the wild and I'm never confident about what things will fit my oddly proportioned dog. Today, while buying cat food, I saw that the local pet food store had my first choice backpack (small, preferably not red) available. So I checked out how it would look on him and I think it'd be a good fit. I think I might be able to get it slightly cheaper online so I'm holding out for that.

As I walked out of the store I had an inspiration. This is where it might be turning the corner so please keep your hands and arms inside the car at all times. What if I got him the backpack and he wore that instead of the coat, maybe on top of the sweater still, and then I put chemical hand warmers or small reheateable rice bags or, I don't know, baked potatoes in the backpack to keep him warm? On a scale of Queen Elizabeth to George III exactly how crazy is that?

Anyone? Why are you backing away like that? It's just a question, I haven't done it yet! Guys? Guys! Guys?


  1. Give me a call sometime. I have a few ideas, and a friend with lots of cloth.

  2. My dog, being an arctic dog, never needs a sweater, but sometimes I think I should have a backpack for long walks - he could carry the water.

  3. I'm liking the baked potato idea.

  4. Aunt Snow, that's exactly what he should do, and the snacks, too! I figure my dog can carry my book, the keys, stuff like that, since we're walking in the urban wild.

    Misti, I was warned on FB that loading him up with stuff that would make him smell like food might not be so smart. However, when the zombie apocalypse comes he's totally carrying the baked potatoes.

  5. I think it sounds like genius.

  6. Miflohny1:07 PM

    Definately don't make him smell like food.

    Also, his back may not be able to healthily carry very much.

    Also, don't be so worried about the cold. Even though he prefers warmth, unless he's shivering, he's probably fine. Especially since he's running or at least walking around.