Friday, March 21, 2014

5 Positive Things About Pets and Winter

FitDog Friday- Had enough Winter? Here's 5 Reasons why Pets Make Winter Better--and that includes keeping fit!

5 Positive Things About Pets and Winter

The joys of pets combined with the wonder of the season.
Whether you love the invigorating temperatures and the snow-covered wonderland or not, pets are sure to make this time of the year better. Here are some reasons why it’s great to have a pet in the winter!

1. Winter Coat
Kelly has the perfect winter coat: flowing, luxurious auburn fur that gets beautifully full during the long, cold months. Boy am I envious! If your dog has short fur, she might appreciate a store-bought sweater or coat, giving you a fun excuse to nurture your fashionista tendencies. Ike's coat is not too thick, but he still enjoys getting outside for exercise even in the winter chill.

2. Entertainment
Are you missing dates with friends and other outings because it’s not as easy (or compelling) to get out in the cold, messy weather? Never fear; your pet is the perfect form of entertainment. Watching your cat swat at a string, your dog chase its tail, or your hamster spin on its wheel will put a smile on your face. Better yet, join in the fun and get some exercise yourself. (Well, except for that hamster wheel thing!)

3. Motivation
Sometimes when it’s really cold, practically nothing can entice me outside. But seeing Kelly and Ike staring at the door, begging for a walk, is the push I need. Taking your dog for a stroll is healthy for both of you! And when the March weather is less than inspiring, let your pet inspire you!

4. Body Heat
This one is my favorite. Kelly is known for perching on the back of the couch and wrapping around my neck like a scarf. Ike prefers to sleep on my feet. So snuggle up with your dog (or cat) to stay warm. Pure winter bliss!

5. Snowflakes
There’s no better time to celebrate your pet’s individuality. Like snowflakes, each pet is unique!

Stay warm, have fun and enjoy your special pet this winter!

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  1. Tenacious Little TerrierMarch 21, 2014 at 4:45 AM

    We're definitely looking forward to spring and walks in warmer weather! Mr. N still drags me out when it's cold though.

  2. We are the weird family. We adore winter with all the cold and snow. Even when it snowed again two days ago, Mom was out playing with us because the snow is fun. Walking in fresh snow is also a good workout!

  3. Frankie and ErnieMarch 21, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    While EVERYTHINGY you said is TRUE... WE prefer the WARM SUMMER.
    However you two REALLY look Cute in your Hats.

  4. Yes, I agree! Normally, I don't mind winter, but this one has been extra long. Ruby and I are both ready for spring!

  5. All great reasons to love the winter. We still prefer our SoCal temps!


  6. Mom said we keep her warm
    Lily & Edward

  7. Hi Y'all!

    Hmmm. back of the couch...never been on the couch...hmmm...Naw, that doesn't look comfy...especially for all 100 lbs of me.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  8. Needed a post like this after the long winter we have been having in Canada! Thanks for posting!

  9. Yes! I got out and enjoyed the elements a lot more than I would if I didn't have dogs. In fact, with one leash-reactive dog, I find the best time to walk is in the pouring rain!

  10. Jan K, Wag N Woof PetsMarch 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Great list, and all so true! Just yesterday I was despairing over the unending winter weather. But I went outside with the dogs to play and they had me smiling in no time....they were SO excited about the fresh snow we got (and I most definitely was not), it was infectious.


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