The Shivering Whippet Essentials
Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I’ve put together a post over on this side of From Roses so do excuse my absence. Now we’re in the depths of winter, although naturally when it comes to writing this post it’s a good 10 degrees outside. However, we’ve had some seriously chilly days which only means one thing for my little long girls…jumper time. It took me a while to find outerwear that was not only whippet friendly but served its purpose as there is nothing worse than wrangling a whippet into something only for it to come off seconds later. As Josie and Edie are hounds that love to adventure and get dirty they put their clothes through the wringer and here is all the best outerwear we use weekly.
REDHOUND FOR DOGS FLEECE
The item that dominates our some might say obsessive dog wear collection is the beautiful Redhound for Dogs fleece jumpers. Not only do they keep Josie and seriously shivery Edie warm but they fit to the hound shape perfectly allowing for a deep chest and a slender neck. One of my favourite things about the design of the Redhound fleeces is the long snood style neck, it not only protects their neck when they’ve decided to have a bitey neck championship but they help keep the warmth in. As I said, the girls are prone to running through trees in woodland and not once have they damaged them at all which is not only a bonus for me but I know their tissue paper like skin is safely protected. There is a variance of shades on offer, we have quite a few including the soft pastels such as the rose and duck egg then brighter options like the terracotta which is sadly now discontinued and finally our beloved greens. Even when the girls have got themselves absolutely filthy whether that be from mud or some sort of animal feaces they come out good as new in the wash.
DG DOG WEAR SOFTSHELL TOP
Like any typical hound, Josie and Edie do not even contemplate going out in the rain so something that is seriously waterproof is not an essential in their wardrobe. But having something that can at least keep a light drizzle off if we do happen to get caught in it is useful. These little tops fit in the same way a fleece does but they don’t have a long neck which I know is preferred by some people but personally, I prefer that longer neck for reasons stated above. But otherwise, these tops are brilliant and although they are really lightweight the inside is fleece lined for keeping the warmth in, they almost remind me of a tracksuit but for dogs. When it’s really cold and a little drizzly I will always pop some sort of snood underneath just to keep the warmth in but on somewhat warmer days they're ideal.
A brand that I came across in 2018 was Dryhound and they’re excellent as their fleece jumpers or onesies are completely made to measure so if you have a dog that doesn’t quite fit standard coat proportions then they’re a great affordable option. We have this jumper and this little suit and for days where I know they’re probably going to get dirty and probably a little soggy then they’re our go to as the material of the fleece wicks away at the water. If you’re used to the likes of Equafleece then they’re very similar to that but made to measure and you can customise them in any way that your dog might need. And if your dog isn’t interested in wearing something like a jumper or a bodysuit then they also do a large range of coats which are also made to fit too!
sofa dog wear kevin jumper
You might have seen these lovely jumpers over on the girls Instagram account and I’m forever getting questions about them and they really are wonderful. For us, they’re more of a Spring/Autumn wardrobe staple as they’re not quite as snug as other fleece options we have but they still take the chill off. They’re classed as knitwear which makes them look very chic but again, practical as they’re slimline and fit to the contours of a whippet body perfectly. If you have a larger sighthound there will probably something suitable as their size range is extensive. This is the only jumper we have that fits over the girls sloped bums perfectly which is great as the jumper itself is a little more lightweight and as well as the longer length it’s also got a long neck too which as you can tell I tend to gravitate towards. The only downside to this jumper is that it can be easily snagged on things which means you have to be good with a needle and thread but it’s easy enough to fix any little tears.
REDHOUND FOR DOGS SNOOD
If it’s too warm for a fleece but not quite warm enough to be a naked hound then the Redhound For Dogs snoods are excellent. They go on like a fleece but they’re almost the dog equivalent to a crop top and stop just a few inches onto the body. Josie doesn’t love wearing a jumper unless it’s seriously cold but she’s all too happy to wear something like a snood and they come in all the shades that the fleece jumpers do. Not only are they brilliant on their own but they’re lovely paired with a coat for a really chilly day or just around the house if you have a particularly shivery whippet!
HURTTA DOG SUIt*
Before we got into winter I was really worried that we would have a lot of snow like we did last year which as of yet we’ve not had so maybe all my worrying was for nothing. Anyway, Edie is a seriously shivery little whippet and even in her fleeces, she can still shake a little on really cold days which naturally I do not want. And when I was seriously concerned about the weather we were kindly gifted this wonderful dog suit from the brand Hurtta and it’s perfect for her. Not only does it make her look like she’s an 80’s aerobic instructor but it keeps her safe and warm, used with a little snood underneath it will be absolutely perfect if and when it does snow. I know there is often the question if Edie can walk properly in it and she absolutely can and run full speed with Josie. It does take a little bit of practice to get your hound in it but the upside is that it does have a zip all the way down the back making it is easy for them to get in and out.