The Canberra Times- 1 June 2013 “Chilly dogs need to rug up this winter too”



Chilly dogs need to rug up this Winter too!


Paws for thought: Rhiannon Beach, owner and director of dog-minding service Pups4Fun at Belconnen Dog Park with with some rugged up dogs. Photo: Rohan Thomson

From left to right Breeze, Digger, Vince, Sprocket, Nikki, Digger, Daisy, George and Wellington


Melbourne may boast about the Brownlow while Sydney plays host to the Dally M but when it comes to ”wag” fashion, Canberra is leading the pack thanks to an abundance of puppies kitted out in their very own coats, jumpers and pyjamas.

The recent RSPCA Million Paws Walk resembled fashion week for dogs.

The shores of Lake Burley Griffin looked like New York’s Bryant Park thanks to the array of creative costumes that were on show including superheroes, a four-legged Star Wars robot and more tutus than a ballet recital. One only has to venture into any pet store to be greeted by the latest in pint-sized jackets and gadgets for fashion-forward pooches.

However, from Saturday our four-legged, furry friends will also need a little help when it comes to being insulated from Canberra’s bone-chilling winter.

Owner of Belco Pets Lex Kilby said any breed of dog or animal that had a finer coat and shorter hair would require protection from the elements.

”Any dog that doesn’t have the double coat, like Jack Russells and Staffordshire bull terriers, should probably be rugged up in the cooler months,” she said.

Ms Kilby said that while Canberran dog owners sometimes invested in gimmicky costumes for their pets, substance over style was required.

”We don’t do a lot of frilly, fussy things here. The main thing is that coats, jumpers and pyjamas are comfortable, fit properly and keep them warm,” Ms Kilby said.

The owner and director of local dog minding service Pups4Fun, Rhiannon Beach, said winter time was usually one the busiest times of the year for her dog-minding, walking, playground services due to the short days and chilly temperatures in the mornings and early evenings.

The ACT finalist for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year award encouraged people to ”get to know their pets and understand when they like to exercise.”

”As dogs regulate heat through their necks, tummies and under their arms, coats and jackets are good when they are not being overly active but it’s best to take them off when you’re out walking them,” she said.

”It’s also important to remember that dogs are like humans and can suffer with colds so be sure to keep an eye on them when it gets cold.”

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