Hair Club for DogsPublished December 13, 2007
My dog Zeke has really thin fur. Poor guy -- he’s nearly bald in a few spots. He’s perfected the “I’m so cold” look … he’ll put his ears back, pick up one paw and shiver every few seconds, seeming to say, “Your lap looks so warm and lover-ly. Might I join you on the couch?” It doesn’t matter to him that Sumner is sleeping in their comfy bed just three steps away, kicking off enough heat for both of them. Sometimes his act gets me, but it’s rare because I know that he’s a drama queen. Now I’m not one to dress my dogs, but his male-pattern baldness led me to believe that he might appreciate a little sweater during the blustery season. He likes to hunker down deep under blankets, so it’s not a huge leap of logic to think that a sweater might work for him. Yeah, that would be a “no”. He hates his sweater. I’m not sure if it’s an issue of style (it’s a rather cheap Nordic knockoff), or cut (I think the turtleneck annoys him), but when I put it on him his whole demeanor says, “This. Sucks.” These days the sweater only comes out when we need a laugh at his expense. A few years ago he figured out that the best place to be is in front of a vent when the heat is running, so he’ll seek them out in each room. Even if that means lying on the hardwood floor: Sometimes he meditates in front of the vent prior to getting comfortable: We consider him the ultimate parasite – if you’re a warm body he’d like to steal some heat, thank you. Is your Boston a heat-seeker as well?
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