It was -5 this morning when we went out to feed the donkeys and the sheep, it is a beautiful morning, the sky is arctic blue, the ground is rock hard, matter shifts a bit in this kind of cold. For perhaps the first time, it’s too cold for Bud.
We put a jacket on him and that seems to work for five to 10 minutes, but Bud is very clear when he’s cold, he just turns and goes under the pasture gate and heads for the back door. I go and let him in, and when we come, he’s sitting by the fire dozing.
People tell me all the time that Boston Terriers shouldn’t go outside in the cold, but I haven’t found that to be true.
The thing is, they will tell you when they’ve had enough, there is no ambivalence about it. I always prefer to listen to the dogs when I get, rather than presume to think for them all the time. Dogs know how to communicate with humans, humans are often not good at listening.
Bud loves to go out with the other dogs in the morning, and he loves to come in and sit by the wood stove. I think the jacket helps keep the head in his body, it seems to give him an additional five or ten minutes out in the cold.