During one of my once-a-week trips to town, I plan to hunt around for some brown jeans, etc. as a way to avoid the dog dirt stains that cause me dismay on laundry day. My standard choice lately for true outerware is black. As you can see below, they are well worn.
This is my current Dog Coat from Black Diamond. On most days it’s plenty warm, if I do good layers underneath. I like that it isn’t bulky. I also like that it’s longer in the back to cover my backside because once my bottom gets cold, it takes a long time to warm up. Even if the coat gets smudged, I find a damp paper towel does wonders. In addition to two perfectly placed and zippered pockets on the sides, it also has a tiny pocket on the upper left sleeve.
Initially, I was completely stumped by this pocket, but Gigi (our trainer) pointed out it’s designed to hold a cell phone. Since she’s outside pretty much all day, every day training dogs, I trust her advice on outerwear. She has the best dog clothes EVER.
But, my old phone wasn’t a flip style, so it did NOT fit into the pocket. Therefore, I took to using this odd little pocket to hold kleenex. (I’m always sniffy when we train outside.) My new phone, indeed, fits, so if I have it with me, I do use the pocket. If not, it’s still a handy place to keep a tissue.
If it’s really windy, or if visibility on the road during walks is a concern, then Tom insists I wear my yellow shell (from Columbia) too. It also does wonders for blocking the wind and moisture, and it too has a longer tail to protect my backside, but clearly, the yellow gets grubby (and looks grubby) easily. (I don’t know why the sleeves look so blue in the photo. They are a dark gray to my eyes.) The pocket placement, though, isn’t as comfortable for my personal body build.
Still … even after many years (and I mean MANY), this shell serves me well.
I even have special Dog Gloves. They’ve been through a lot. Most of the rubberized pieces for better grip are torn away, and I recently ripped a hole in one of the fingers. But, I like that they are easily washed. I like how they fit so that I can stay (mostly) warm and still handle small treats, leash clips, etc. I’ll probably sew up the tear and get through this winter, then maybe look for new ones on clearance this spring/summer.
Do tell … what do you wear to stay warm (and relatively clean looking) when you’re out with your critters?