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How to Gear Up in the Chicago Area

We adopted an Arctic mutt! Our pup has a double-coat and the colder it is, the better it is for her. She loves snow, ice and below-zero temperatures.

Our pup goes to the dog park in the morning with my husband, then insists on a long walk around noon. I am the one who handles the noon walk.

We are at 0-degrees now, and I have to gear up soon for our frigid trek.

1. I have to wear boots that have Crampons attached to them. Crampons are made of metal spirals, and they keep the wearer from slipping on the numerous patches of ice that dot the sidewalks.

2. I have to wear a down coat with a large hood. The hood keeps the biting wind from hitting the sides of my face.

3. I have to wear mittens, not gloves. Mittens allow for optimal blood circulation to keep my hands warm.

4. I have to wear sunglasses to keep my eyes from tearing-up. Cold air on the eyeballs makes them water like crazy.

5. I have to wear a stocking cap under the hood to cover my forehead. If the icy wind hits my forehead, I get an honest-to-goodness ice-cream headache.

6. I have to wear a scarf around my face to prevent that stinging sensation that results from cold blasts of air hitting me smack in the face.

If we ever adopt another shelter pup, I am going to adopt one that needs to wear a doggie sweater year round!

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msiduri wrote on February 23, 2015, 6:16 PM

I remember as a kid in Wisconsin, taking the dogs out on the (frozen) lake, we had to stop every so often to let them clean the accumulated ice balls from their paws. Then they'd be on their merry way.

AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:41 PM

Holy cow! You might as well just get seven more and have a dogsled :)

Tiger_Armando_Jose wrote on February 24, 2015, 4:26 AM

I used to live in Toronto and since it's located right by the lake the wind is constantly blowing. This is nice in summer but annoying in winter. You're dressed for an arctic expedition :D

LilyDay wrote on February 25, 2015, 9:12 PM

When another pup adopts me at some point, that is about what I can expect to be facing each winter. We get wicked wind chills here at times.

nbaquero wrote on March 1, 2015, 9:15 AM

gemstonepink Having lived a whole winter in the Chicago suburbs (Arlington Heights) I know how the weather is like in the area and don't really miss it these days!