Cold January days. When we are out and about in brisk wintry weather I ponder when to put a jacket on the dogs and when not. I have been admonished by people without dogs and some with, that your dog doesn’t need a coat. My old guy, his coat was thicker a few years ago, but as of late he has a lot more exposed skin in patches under his arm and chest area and frankly, he actually shivers at times. I have two coats, one that is more to break the wind and keep him from getting mucky and the other that is quilted and provides warmth to his core. I think it is a matter of preference really, I understand that dogs have fur, but when it’s -25 out and your coat is very short, I tend to worry. When we go out it’s not a stroll around the block, we head out and at minimum return a half hour later. I appreciate my layers! My rule of thumb, if the temperatures are hovering around -5 without a wind chill, I don’t worry about a jacket, but if I lose the feeling in my hands from stooping and scooping, then a jacket for the dog isn’t a bad thing.