This is one of my favourite secular songs for Christmas. I reminds us that Christmas is in the young and the ”young at heart”. I have been out walking my usual routes for the past few days and have noticed all sorts of people, dressed warmly and comfortably, walking a dog which has a “horse blanket” and no foot coverings. On long haired animals the cold will not be as harsh as with short hairs, but their feet are still exposed. Unfortunately, many municipalities are still using salt-sand combinations, which for the dogs, can get in between their toes and cause several irritation. If you do not wish to hace protective boots designed especially for animals, THEN PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN TO WIPE THE PAWS OFF EITHER WITH A TOWEL or rinse them off with warm water and dry.
Regarding the “horse blanket style” I am not certain what it does except to keep their spines warm. I watch the other day as the cold wind was blowing down the street, went under the dog’s coat, and almost turned her into “Mary Poppins”. Please try to purchase or make a wind “jacket” or sweater top which covers much of the dog’s torso, especially the abdomen and hind end areas which are most susceptible to pneumonia and arthritis.
On behalf of Tim and I, and our families, we extend warm Christmas greetings to you and your pets. May you all enjoy “DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW” and celebrating this glorious occasion. Brien
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR (JOYEUX NOEL ET BON ANNE- A TODOS AMIGOS Y NINOS)