What do Boston terriers and convection ovens have in common? They both rely on the movement of air over something moist in order to generate heat. In Sinead's case, it's a flaw in her heating system. Since her muzzle is very short when compared to another dog breed like a collie, she has a short amount of time to pull in and heat air through her nasal passages before it hits her lungs. As a result, she gets cold. A lot.
The solution? Sweaters. A well-made sweater can help her to trap in the heat her blood makes as it moves through her body. And sweaters that wrap tight around her middle can concentrate that heat where it's needed: around her vital organs.
Now, I know a lot of people think it's somehow cruel to dress a dog in anything that even slightly resembles clothing. These people leave me comments on the blog from time to time suggesting that I am somehow using Sinead as a substitute for a human child, and that I am torturing her by dressing her. (WTH?)
But seriously. A sweater is a necessity for her. I don't dress her in sweaters because I get some kind of sick pleasure out of it. I dress her in sweaters because she needs them.
And this year, she has a particularly lovely sweater to wear, made by hand by my sister. She's an awfully talented knitter, and I think she did a lovely job here, don't you?
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