Anyway, the weather's been particularly cold lately, with it getting down below zero at night and just above it during the day, a five-day southerly storm or two and lots and lots of rain. And she's been losing weight because *loop back to suicidal cat-obsession*. Add to this that for some reason she's moulting (so's Mum's dog - it's weird but true that the approaching solstice has brought out the fluff) and you have a dog that's shaking the fat off herself and turning into a walking toast rack overnight.
So I bought her a coat. If I can't make her stay out of the wind, I'll keep the wind off her.
It's a Weatherbeeta. I used to have one of these for my cover-phobic horse* and it was brilliant until he went cover-phobic on it and turned it into thousands of tiny pieces of well-insulated, waterproof scrap fabric, strewn over about a kilometre out the back of Dargaville. So, um.. it's waterproof and lined with fluffy woolly stuff, and will keep the wind and rain off her old bones quite nicely. I had to fix the belly strap because First is very long for her depth and the velcro bits were overlapping too far. So now it's a Custom Dog Coat.
However, it's suffering from a distinct lack of pirateyness. So tomorrow, there will be the procurement of some skulls-and-crossboneses, and the pirating-up of said dog coat. Because if I'm going to put clothes on my dog, they are going to be piratey! And while plain blue is much better than some of the stuff available**, it's.. too plain. Luckily, I can fix this. Piratey-Dog photos to follow in due course, of course.
What, you didn't really think I'd go for pink with stars did you?
* Topper could wear a cover for days and would be fine, then one day it'd flap just so and he'd freak the fuck out, go over the nearest fence and run off down the road, usually leaving bits of cover hanging on things in his wake. He destroyed five covers this way before I gave up and let him freeze. Luckily he didn't destroy himself.
** At the Warehouse there was a choice between silver with white faux-fur lined hood, or camo with pockets, like Urban Warrior Lady. At the place I got this one, she could have had a Where's Waldo look or been the Ice Princess. I would not inflict these on my dog. She may be old but she has some dignity - therefore she'll be a pirate.