Dogs? They have fur. Most dogs, in fact, have lots of fur, in multiple layers. The Doberman, sleek breed that it is, does not have an undercoat. Elka's fur in particular reminds me of eyelashes, and when I find one of her hairs on me, or when she's not around, I wonder if it is, in fact, an eyelash or not.
So, thin glossy hair plus winter? Cold Doberman. A lot of the time, this also means sleeping Doberman.
I'm not one of those people who dresses her dog up. Sure, there are a couple of pictures where Elka is wearing "fun" things, 3 to be exact: Sunglasses, birthday hat, and Santa hat. In each of these instances, I assure you, heavy bribery was involved. And the exhortations "leave it", "stop", and "stay still". But, when Elka is cold, we can't exactly wrap her in a blanket and expect her to stay there indefinitely. Well, mostly. The sleep of the Doberman is deep and innocent.
Ultimately, though, we decided on a hoodie. It would be functional, more or less lightweight, but still warm. Also, it wouldn't look freaking ridiculous.
Putting a dog into a hoodie is an interesting task. First, I gather it up onto itself, as though I'm preparing to put on stockings. Then, I typically have Elka sit, and ask for a paw. It goes in the first "arm" hole. Second paw, same deal. Then I pull it up over her head, and she shakes the hood off, which is typically too small anyway. She's an interesting size; the Extra Large is too tight across the chest, and the 2X Large hangs off of her like a muu muu, other than in the chest, which fits correctly.
Overall, though, Elka is happy in her hoodie, and is excited when I, say, ask "Do you want your hoodie?" Having her stand on the bed to put it on makes it pretty easy, and it's frequently upstairs in our bedroom, as I remove the hoodie for bedtime. I don't want her to overheat, as she does get under the blankets. Better than a hot water bottle, our Elka!
Despite all this, she loves the snow. Loves it. Frolics in it with tremendous bounds, like an antelope. If we play Frisbee in the snow (it's easier to find than tennis balls, as I quickly learned, she'll bound over to it, land with her front paws on it, and skid it under more snow so that she has to dig her head in to get it out. As a grumpy grownup who now has to do things like shovel and drive in snow, I find it a lot less enchanting than I did when I was little, when all snow meant was different play and possibly days off from school, but Elka helps me appreciate it again.