Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dog Days of February

By: Jaymie Leighton

From: The Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Book 1 Title: A Deadly Grind
Pub. Date: May 2012
Dogs love snow, right?
And dog owners hate snow, right? I think that goes without saying. Winter is a vile time of year to be a dog owner. You have to wash your pup's feet the minute they come in the house, or you get salt and slush and dirt all over the place, or even worse, worry about them licking that awful chemical snow-melt stuff off their paws.
My pooch, Hoppy, is  Yorkie-Poo. For those of you who have never seen a Yorkie-Poo, I have to tell you, they are the most adorable dogs in the world, but they have two problems that make walking them in the snow a challenge: they are extremely close to the ground, and they don't realize it! Thus you get 'snowballs', the little globs of snow that build up on their fluffiest fur. By the time the dog drags into the house, you have not only their paws to clean off, but little balls of snow to melt, and the poor little dears are shivering!
Of course the way around some of this is the doggie sweater. I know, I know, some people think clothing a dog is ridiculous. I'm kind of in that camp myself. I never (okay, rarely) dress Hoppy in a costume, but a sweater for winter is a whole different affair. It's a necessity, and if he has to wear it, he may as well be fashionable, right? So he has a wardrobe of little alpine patterned sweaters, and rain gear, and... well, okay, he has booties. Enough for all his feet, and one extra, since my little guy is three-legged!
My point (and as Ellen Degeneres says, I do have one) is next time you see someone walking a three-legged dog that is wearing an alpine sweater, booties and a rhinestone collar, please refrain from wild laughter and pointing. I don't mind a giggle here and there, but the yelps of hilarity are really too much. I'm doing it for Hoppy's sake. Really. It helps that he is as cute as a button in the outfit, but it's for his health. 
Now cats in winter... that's a whole different story. I tried putting a sweater on Denver the grumpy tabby once; the lacerations healed fairly quickly, but I'm not up to trying that again.
So... for all you pet owners out there... what lengths do you go to to keep your pet warm in winter, or do you just avoid the whole thing by not walking him/her? What is your stand on doggie fashion... utilitarian, or cutesie-wootsie?
From the author:
Don't you love this cover??? I'm so excited to show it off, but there is one teensy mistake in the artwork... can you guess what it is? Maybe not, yet, until you all get a chance to read the book. Next month I will be launching my new website, Victoria Hamilton Mysteries, and making more exciting announcements!


  1. my dogs both have sweaters for the cold. They have Christmas tee shirts and one has an Iowa Hawkeye tee shirt while the other one has a Tennessee Volunteer cheerleader dress. They each have their own blanket to be covered up with when they come in from outside. To say they are spoiled is and would be an understatement. I love the cover of your book and have already preordered it on amazon for my kindle fire. Can't wait to read it!!!

  2. Dog boots seem like a good idea. Does anyone have success keeping the boots on the dogs' feet?

  3. We are cats and as you've already pointed out, would not succumb to our owner's desire to "protect" us from inclement weather. Of course, we seldom get snow here. But good luck to all you dog people.
    BTW, Love the cover!

  4. My mom loves your cover! I relate to the look on Hoppy's face. I give him credit, though, I wouldn't have hung around if a plate had crashed to the floor.

    Hoppy, here's my advice, it works like a charm. When Jaymie puts clothes on you, refuse to budge. I recommend a pained expression, which isn't hard if you think you're going to die of embarrassment. I find that if I won't walk, my mom removes the offending clothing! hehehe I'm telling you, it works every time!

    ~ Trixie

  5. Sue, now I think you have a couple of lucky dogs!!

    Willow... Hoppy keeps his on, so I don't know any advice!

    Brie and Edam... sounds like you two would get along with Denver!

    Trixie... you sound like a handful! Don't you go giving Hoppy any ideas. I'm just not going to read him your answers! LOL.

  6. Congrats on the book and the lovely cover!

  7. I think it's cute to see the little dogs in their outfit.

  8. Thanks, Maureen!

    Dru, I SAY I don't like dressed up dogs, but secretly, I think they're cute!

  9. I am SO EXCITED for your book to come out. I can't to have a "bonding" experience with Jaymie.