We are in the throws of a weather phenomenon here in Ontario (and elsewhere) called the polar vortex. It was -22 C (-7.6 F) when I got up this morning, but it felt like -35 C (-31 F) this morning and now the temperature is at a nice balmy -19 C (-2.2 F). I am not at THO and I have to admit this is one of the rare occasions where I am happy that I am not.
For those of you who do not live in a cold climate let me tell you that with this kind of cold it goes right into your bones, it is painful. For the dogs it is torture every time they have to go outside because the cold is so deep that it burns their little feet. Our newest rescue lived his entire 5 years locked up in a cage at a puppy mill and is just being house trained now, but for him this cold is new and dreadful. His little feet are not tough so within 10 -15 seconds his body collapses on the ground because the pain in his feet is so deep. We go out with them and carry their tiny collapsed bodies in and treat their feet again with Blistex.
Thankfully there is a warming trend coming, but not before it reaches -40 C (-40 F) tonight, which is ironically where our thermometers meet.
If I already had my wood stove installed I might have actually driven down to THO to stay for a few days. I would go without the dogs though because I don’t know how easy it will be to make the house warm. Knowing it is coming makes me look forward to next winter already. Finding out how it will work has a lot of fills me with anticipation. That I know my Greyworks Stove is on its way makes me very happy indeed! But… I will not install it until the end of the spring rains because I have some unique plans in mind.
Before I close, I want to introduce you all to Dieter, who has been through a lot.
Bless you FOREVER…you, and tiny one, – have my heart! xoxox Stay as warm as you can…it can’t last -forever…I’m sorry for you though!
bless….thank you for taking in this dear animal
That is one adorable puppy! My dog can’t take the cold on her feet either – if it is -10 C she lies down and holds up her paws, and she is a Golden Retriever! The only solution is dog boots. There are some ridiculously inexpensive ones at Dollarama that are very easy to put on. They don’t last very long on city streets, but are great on snow. We are in Toronto, and are not enjoying the Polar Vortex either. Another big issue for dogs here is all the salt on the sidewalks. Good luck!
My daughter and I want to help someone exactly like your Dieter, but don’t know where to start. Our humane society has mostly large dogs and we only have room for a small friend. Where did you meet Dieter? Would love some tips on where to find someone who needs us.
While I hate to even discuss it, it was -50 here in The ‘Peg on New Years’ Eve! Yowch!