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As told to Kimberly, by Theodore the Service Dog:

“The Pumpkin Patch can be a challenging venue for even the most intrepid dogs…

…so, I suggest you arrive with your humans, since solo dogs are likely to be shooed away like bothersome gnats,

and nobody likes that. 

Stay with your pack, initially, and use this time to get the lay of the land.

Don’t…even for a moment…consider lifting your leg, anywhere on or near a pumpkin.  Doing so will get you and your whole human clan tossed, post haste, and you know where that will leave you. 

And no, you don’t need an actual dog house to be in the ‘dog house’ if you know what I mean. 

So avert your eyes while imagining all the places you’ll pee when you get out of the joint, and save your giddy ‘marking’ enthusiasm for later.

Don’t chase the resident cat, either.  He’s a feisty little sucker and he’ll kick your arse before you can turn tail and run in the opposite direction, and do you really want to be known as the THAT DOG who got his arse kicked by the wee grey cat?


Take note,

those creepy-life-size-straw-people are called Scarecrows.

Yes, they’re intimidating.  Indeed, their shabby garments flap menacingly in the wind. But they are meant to scare birds, not dogs. 

And you’re not a bird, are you? So, Dog Up!  Adopt a haughty look and pretend that they’re your dutiful, sartorially-challenged minions.

Or, if the fear persists, take cover in the reeds and brambles. 

Don’t worry about looking like a woose.  Just stand very very still. Breathe deeply through your nose.  Draw back your ears.

And repeat the mantra:

I am a dog. And I am fearless!

Or if that fails, cry like a baby.

And your human will undoubtedly come to your rescue.


(The photo above for illustration purposes only. I wouldn’t be caught dead crying in a pumpkin patch.)

Now, once you’ve gotten a hold of yourself, you might as well snurfle about.

The twisted, decaying vines may yield a pumpkin-y sort of sweetness…

If your chewing reverie leaves you suddenly lost and separated from your humans, seek out other friendly souls for comfort and direction.  They often wear illustrations of dogs on their sweetly striped pink tops, paired with pink leggings, pink trainers, pink tutus and topped off by pink scrunchies.

I know you’re color blind.

But trust me on this.

Meanwhile, scan the horizon with eyes and nose for a clue about which direction to head. 

If you hear a giggle that sounds familiar…like the one that belongs to one of your human cousins, then you know you’re on the right track!

Miniature cowboys wrangling pumpkins?

Also a good sign.

And what did I say about chasing the resident cats?

Oh, fine, do what you will.

But do not dictate letters of complaint to your humans to send to me, detailing your various humiliations at the paws of some feline you couldn’t resist terrorizing.

I don’t read my mail anyway.

That’s my human’s job…I have better things to do…



Seasons come and seasons go, but Theo remains…54 pounds. With his genetic combo platter of Border Collie and Greyhound, Theo travels light, and our vets in both the Big City and Vermont advise us to feed him well but keep him trim, and we dutifully oblige.

But falling on the lean side means there’s not an abundance of subcutaneous fat to keep this kid toasty when the mercury takes a nosedive, so we keep a jacket handy when winter turns cruel.

Just as we were debating the purchase of some new doggie outerwear to prepare us for the frigid months ahead, two NEW coat models from the folks at Ruffwear arrived in Vermont…just days before the first snowfall of the season, and the 7th Anniversary of Theodore’s adoption. Perfect timing Ruffwear!

** Facebook ‘Like’ this story (the FB button sits above and below this post) and read more at the end of this post to learn how you can win a brand new Ruffwear Jacket of your choice for your dog!

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The Quinzee (a brand new product for Ruffwear) and the newly redesigned K-9 Overcoat share a host of clever features, but we’ll first note the most obvious difference between these two jackets: The Quinzee is insulated / quilted, while the K-9 Overcoat is lined for warmth with a layer of soft, recycled fleece.

Ruffwear's insulated Quinzee Jacket

With it’s lustrous, weather resistant outer layer, recycled polyester insulation and smart Scotchlite Reflective Trim, the Quinzee (shown here on Theo in Red Rock and available in Granite Gray) seems perfectly suited for navigating the streets of Manhattan when blustery, bone chilling winds do their best to convince us to stay indoors.

Ruffwear's Quinzee Jacket in Red Rock

Like the doggie version of a Puffer Jacket, the Quinzee is ideal for keeping Theo warm in extremely cold weather, and for times when we’re not able to move about to generate body heat.

The Quinzee and refective trim detail

The Quinzee's underside and stuffsack pocket

The coat is wonderfully light and even packs into its own integrated stuff sack! Nice touch. The outer fabric is snag resistant, but given Theodore’s penchant for bounding through brambles, thickets and other prickly ground cover, I don’t think this coat is the best choice for his more aggressive outdoor adventures.

For those occasions, we’ll turn to the K-9 Overcoat.

The Updated K-9 Overcoat in Red Currant

This version of the Overcoat (Theo is wearing the color, Red Currant, also available in Forest Green) is a much updated version of the original which Theodore inherited from his predecessor, Mei Mei, several years ago. Since then, there has been at least one other iteration of the Overcoat that I can recall, but this newest version offers a more generous, tailored fit.

The original version was always a bit too short for Theo’s long frame and left his hindquarters partially bare and so we were doubly pleased to see that this coat, like the Quinzee, provides Theo with ample coverage for his haunches and yet remains sleek in its silhouette.

Ruffwear's K-9 Overcoat

The top shell fabric, made of recycled polyester, is wind and water resistant, and is drier and rougher to the touch and therefore, well suited for more active pursuits (and even dashing through the forest as Theodore is wont to do.) In our trial runs so far, this coat has taken its beatings well and hasn’t suffered any noticeable twig or thorn snags despite Theo’s best efforts, and the soft, fleece lining is more than enough to keep Theodore warm when he’s on the move.

The K-9 Overcoat’s soft, recycled fleece lining.

There’s plenty of reflective trim, too, for greater visibility in low light.

Ruffwear's K-9 Overcoat and Reflective Trim

What I love about these new jackets is their curvaceous, functional design and thoughtful touches. No sharp edges or angles here, so there are no sloppy, overhanging flaps of fabric to get in the way of Theodore’s hustle and flow.

Both coats also feature neck, chest and belly coverage, as well as sheltered (covered) fully adjustable auto lock buckles and ‘stay fit’ web straps.

Sheltered Side-Release Buckles (the sheltering flap is lifted in this photo.)

There are strap-keepers, too that make tucking away excess straps a breeze and the aforementioned reflective trim is standard on both models as well.

A ‘light loop’ up top will take a flashing beacon, if you so desire…

The Quinzee Jacket. The 'Light Loop' sits atop Ruffwear's Logo.

However, I tucked our clip-on running light into that loop and Theo promptly lost it in the woods. So I can’t vouch for the utility or security of the loop since it didn’t work well for us.

Two notes to consider before buying:

If your dog typically wears a harness under his coat,be aware that there’s no aperture for the leash D Ring / clip on either coat. We’re not sure how such an aperture would work on a coat like this, but the lack of an opening from the under layer through the top is something to consider if your standard mode of travel includes a harness…though it may work to wear a harness over the jackets….Let us know friends, if that method works for you!

Theodore is wearing a size Medium in both coats.

He measures 21 inches from neck to the base of his tail.

29.5 inches around the deepest part of his chest.

And 16 inches at the neck.

The coats fit him perfectly.

However, if your dog has a neck that falls on the wider side, you may want to write or call the customer service folks at Ruffwear,  so that you can indicate your dog’s measurements and inquire as to whether the neck will fit, as the opening here on both coats is not adjustable.

The winter has not yet officially begun, so we’ll let you know if, as the season unfolds, if we have any other useful feedback about Theo’s new Ruffwear coats.

But so far, we can tell you that we’re thrilled with both the Quinzee and the new K-9 Overcoat and to New England’s worst weather we say, BRING IT ON!

To Enter our contest to win a brand new Ruffwear Quinzee or K-9 Overcoat of your choice, follow ALL of these four steps:

1) Facebook “Like” this story. The FB Like Buttons sit above and below the post on this page.

2) Go to our City Dog Country Dog Facebook Page and post a photo of your dog as well as the funny/sweet/silly/goofy (or all of the above) nickname that you will dub your dog once he’s wearing his cool new Ruffwear Coat!

Click HERE to go to our City Dog Country Dog Facebook Page.

3) All entries are due by November 24th, Midnight, Eastern Standard Time.

4) Winners will first be notified by Facebook Email via Kimberly Wang, so make sure your Facebook Email is up and running!

We’re sorry but the contest is only open to those who live in the contiguous United States.

Good Luck!

The K-9 Overcoat



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