Do dogs need a sweaters in winter?


It was a nice little snowstorm today in Santa Fe, NM.  Days before was cold and windy. Did your dog switched to it’s winter clothing? My chihuahuas definitely did.  If you are concerned about your dog being cold, there is certainly no harm in putting clothing on him. Your dog really do not care about the color or style you dress him, but you do! So go ahead and get (or make) the matching owner-pet-sweater-combos. Believe me, your dog will love the attention you show him while putting the clothes on, so just have fun while you both stay warm!

Finding a Good Sweater

Once you have decided to get a sweater for your dog, you will need to begin by considering material. While wool is very warm and one of the best insulating materials, take into account how often it will need to be washed, and whether it will make your dog more uncomfortable due to itching. A good blend of washable wool and cotton or acrylic may be the best bet.

Second, just as you would measure your own neck, chest and waist before buying a piece of clothing, measuring your dog is the best way of assuring the best fit. Why do you want it to fit? So that your dog cannot easily pull the piece off, so it doesn’t drag on the ground, and so it doesn’t get caught on anything during normal movement. You want the piece to be snug without being tight.

The most important areas to measure are around the neck, around the largest part of the chest, and the distance from the neck to the waist. The sweater’s length should end around the waist, leaving the lower bellow free. Knowing your dog’s actual weight will also help you to determine the correct size. If possible, take your dog along to the store with you try the clothes before buying them, as returns are very difficult when it comes to clothing for animals.

It almost goes without saying, but we will mention it anyway, dogs cannot, or should not, wear pants — only sweaters and jackets.


Therapy dogs help veterans

The nonprofit Paws and Stripes (Rio Rancho), founded by veteran Jim Stanek and his wife.

Paws and Stripes provides service dogs for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.​​

​They help veterans so they can live the full and rich lives they deserve. 061814dogsofwar332MATT

Paws and Stipes partnered up with Animal Humane of New Mexico to help train service animals for vets suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.

“We definitely want to be a positive stamp here in the community and to be able to be highlighted on a national program. It’s going to be great for our staff, volunteers and just the community alike to be able to witness this,” said Director of Adoptions Sam Blankenship.

The Staneks hope more people will adopt so they can bring in more dogs in need.

Halloween is almost here! Vote for PetAngel!


Just wanted to let you know, that my dogs Fru-Fru and Tosha are on the Halloween Pet Contest on TV channel 4 under #56. Please, take a minute to review and vote for my photograph. Let’s help my dogs win and became a TV celebrities.

Please, visit KOB4 channel website below, enjoy Halloween Pet photographs and vote for us:


Time to think about getting 2015 Calendar

pitbull pin up photography

Pinups for Pitbulls (PFPB), a nonprofit founded in 2005, works tirelessly to end the unnecessary killing of Pit Bull-type dogs and to educate people about Pit Bulls and the flaws of breed-specific legislation. Every year, PFPB also releases a stunning calendar that pairs women with darling Pit Bulls, a feel-good purchase that harks back to the first half of the 20th century, when these dogs were viewed as war heroes, and pin-ups were all the rage. In October 2014, PFPB will publish its first book, Little Darling’s Pinups for Pitbulls, followed by the nonprofit’s 10th anniversary calendar in 2015.

Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin is PFPB’s founder, but she’s more than just a dog lover: she’s an educator, hero and a determined voice for Pit Bulls everywhere. Bark had the pleasure of interviewing Deirdre to discuss PFPB’s work, the upcoming book and misconceptions regarding Pit Bull-type dogs.

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