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    Default My elderly Kelpie who thinks she's a puppy is getting cold...

    Similar to Scottsmum's situation but i thought i'd make a thread specific to my situation... Dodge is feeling the cold this winter

    I'm not really sure what to do for her... The rule at my house is 'no dogs in the house' so that isn't an option.

    Every kind of blanket or soft bed she's ever had, she has loved it for a while but she will eventually decide that she needs to rip it apart, so i'll walk outside to find its been 'snowing' outside and i'll have to find her a new bed. She just recently ripped apart a lounge chair we had outside for her, she loved it because she could tuck her feet right under her and snuggle right into the corner, but now its absolutely ripped to shreds. She currently has a thick layer of shade-cloth in her kennel which was great in summer, but not good enough for winter. Its the only thing she hasn't ripped up

    A nice warm coat works well to keep her warm, however its dangerous when she's wandering the farm, because she gets stuck on fences.
    Heat packs are not really an option because i'm sure she'd rip them up and hurt herself in the process.

    She's a pretty hardy dog, and copes well in the cold, but as she ages i'm noticing she's feeling it more...

    Is there anything out there that i haven't tried that might help? Or will i just have to keep buying new blankets every time she rips one up...

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    I guess you could try heating up bricks or big river stones and wrapping them up in bits of old blanket.

    Or a heat lamp overhead like chickens and piglets use.

    Or move to your own house where dogs are allowed inside.

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    A heat lamp is a good idea! I've currently got a few heat lamps in a brooder box with some chicks i'm raising, so it would be easy to set one up in Dodges kennel.

    Dodge won't be coming with me when i move out, she's a family dog, but lives for my dad... she's totally my dad's dog, I imagine she'd feel quite purposeless without my dad. I'm not planning on moving to my own place any time soon anyway.

    Its not like she's unhappy, she's still one of the happiest dogs i know. She does seem to cope extremely well considering how cold it gets outside. Tonight i patched up what i could of the old armchair, and she's currently very happy snuggled up on it The times we've offered for her to come inside, she's always wanted to go straight back out, even if its freezing cold outside - True farm dog right there!

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    I hope a heat lamp could work. just make sure she can't chew it or the cord. And maybe put some sort of cut off switch on it at the plug end so if she does chew it - it switches itself off. I think the surge protector boards might do this but I'm not completely sure (plug a hair dryer in and drop it in a bucket of water?).

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    We have power cords all through our sheds, and she's never tried to chew them, I'm sure we'd come up with a method to keep them away from her anyway.

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