Monday, November 26, 2012

Dog Shaming

I have to admit I am a bit embarrassed about the latest project off my needles. But there is a really good reason I knit this particular item. Last winter we had several days when the thermometer dipped to -25C (-14F). That is the kind of cold that hurts. It also freezes exposed bits, including a small dog's ears. We would carry poor Jenny outside to do her business, then rush her right back into the house. Still, by the time the thermometer climbed back up to more normal winter temperatures, Jenny had some frostbite around the edges of her ears.

I decided that this year we need to have a better plan. She now has that cute little red jacket to keep her body warm, so I decided a red and white hat would just the thing to keep her ears warm. I cast on yesterday afternoon and a few hours later my mission was accomplished. Jenny will now have warm ears no matter how cold it is outside.

My kids are appalled. I sent Karsten a text with a picture of Jenny in her new hat and this was his reply:

"I don't know what to say. Any dog that needs a toque should be ashamed." (Canadian to American English translation: toque = hat)

I sent one to Alexandra, who was out with a friend, and she told me her friend laughed his head off when he saw it.

I must admit they have a point. No matter which way you look at it...





She does look a bit ridiculous. Okay. More than a bit. Do you think it would be mean to submit her picture over at Dogshaming.com?

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  1. It would be very mean, especially as you could be undermining her top dog status. Here we'd call that a doggy snood and they are very fashionable in certain canine circles.

    Jenny, the indignity is for your own good darling ;)

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    1. A dog snood sounds much classier than a dog toque. Have you looked at the dog shaming site? It is hilarious!

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  2. Jenny, I don't care what your owners say ... I love your fashion sense. Hold your head high. :)

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    1. Maybe she is pouting because the red in her hat doesn't match the red in her jacket. :-)

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  3. She does look embarrassed, but very sweet. It's hilarious.

    Perhaps you could go into business with this: DogToquesRUs. People have made their fortunes in significantly more ridiculous ways...!

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    1. Great idea, but I would have to limit my business to Canada. Americans wouldn't have any clue what a toque is!

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    2. Those of us who love the MacKenzie Brothers do!
      -- stashdragon

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  4. Yup, she does look embarrassed - were you laughing as you took the picture? Although if she got frostbite then absolutely it is necessary, as her ears will likely be even more sensitive this year.

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    1. I wasn't laughing, I was trying to keep Fergus from ripping it off Jenny's head. He can't stand it when she is wearing anything. :-)

      And yes, I worry about her ears being more sensitive this year. I have a friend who got her toes frostbitten over 20 years ago and she still has trouble with them.

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  5. She is has very long dignified looking snout!
    Linda McG!

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    1. It is definitely long, but the hat makes it appear even longer than it really is! :-)

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  6. Dogs are so good at emoting, no wonder actors don't like sharing a stage with them. Jenny is especially good at it...she absolutely looks embarrassed. But cute. Almost a little red riding dog. :)

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    1. I was thinking more of an elf than little red riding dog. And yes, she looks embarrassed. I think her attitude will improve on the first minus twenty degree day. :-)

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  7. Oh those eyes... say so much!! Poor humiliated Jenny! If only she knew it was for her own good.

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    1. Don't feel too sorry for her. Her eyes look like that when she is begging for food too. Dachshunds have perfected that pathetic look. :-)

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    1. I think so too, but I am the only one, human or canine, in our family who does.

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  9. She's so adorable, but looks so ashamed! Thinking of little frost bitten ears makes me so sad

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    1. It was really sad. I have no idea why her ears got frostbitten like they did. She was out in the cold such a short time. And we had a dachshund when we lived in northern BC, where it is much, much colder and that dog never had a problem. Jenny just doesn't seem very "cold tolerant" for some reason. I hope the hat keeps her ears protected this winter!

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  10. Awwww...I love it! No shaming for Jenny!

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    1. I won't submit her picture to Dogshaming, but it is very tempting. :-)

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  11. Karsten wasn't thinking clearly. Would HE like to have frostbitten ears?

    We live in a mild-winter climate ourselves, but go to the Sierras to ski. The first time we took our dog there, we figured his fur would keep him warm enough (he's a long-haired dachshund). Fortunately, a dog groomer told us that long silky hair like his, or a spaniel's or a setter's, will pick up snow and ice and hold it against the dog's body - recipe for hypothermia. (Huskies, of course, have outer hair that sheds the snow while their downy inner hair keeps them warm). So we got him a snowcoat, and he loves bounding through the snow wearing it. It's shrewdly designed, too: neoprene on the belly side, ripstop nylon on the topside with velcro closure down the back, and polar-fleece lining throughout. He's the stylin'est dog in Tahoe.
    -- stashdragon

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    1. That's interesting about the silky hair holding the snow and ice against the dog's body. I didn't know that! As far as Karsten goes, the thing is he would rather have frostbitten ears than wear a hat. He is just like his grandpa that way. I guess he thinks Jenny should be the same. :-)

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    2. I forgot to say I would love to see a picture of your dog in his snowcoat! :-)

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  12. You know how long that would last on either one of my two cats? SECONDS! What a good girl Jenny is! I think that she would like that snoood to keep her little (well, big) ears nice and toasty on her walks in the tundra.

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    1. Your cats and Fergus could have a contest to see who could rip off their snood the fastest!

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  13. Jenny looks a bit embarassed by it, is that what you meant with featuring her in more posts! No seriously I hope it stops the frostbite this year. I can't imagine it being that cold we think -5C is bad enough!
    Sarah x

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    1. The hat was her thank you for doing that previous guest post for me. I don't think she will be filling in again. Ha!

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  14. I am totally impressed with your inventiveness! Fergus will just have to be jealous!.....or wear one too!

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    1. Ha! Fergus wouldn't be caught dead in a hat. I don't think a dog sweater would last very long on him either. Do your dogs wear sweaters or jackets in the winter? Maybe it is just because Fergus is still a puppy, but I can't imagine him ever putting up with one.

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  15. She looks embarrassed but a little embarrassment is okay to save her ears.

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    1. If only she understood that was my intent!

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  16. I have firsthand knowledge that frostbitten appendages are more likely to get frost bitten in the future. So as ashamed as she may be, I think it was a wise decision to knit this for her!

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    1. This is not a good thing to have firsthand knowledge about! So far it has been very mild so Jenny hasn't had to wear the hat. But if it gets colder than about -5 C I will make her wear it.

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