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    Well With the promise of thunderstorms on the way I have begun to think about getting ready for winter.
    I was checking out this seasons rugs for my horses and I suddenly wondered if I should get my Kelpie one too. And I also wonderred what other things people do when winter hits hard in there home town.
    by hit hard I mean lots of hail, below Zero at nights and LOTS of heavy rain.

    My kelpie is mainly an outdoor girl. For summer, her kennel and the huge shadey tree we have in our backyard has been great. But I am worried for her for winter.
    I know Kelpies are bred hardy but for a kelpie she is tiny, weighing in at only 13kg. While she has no problem with the rain at the moment in our area it gets heavier and colder as the weeks go past. I will be putting extra blankets in her kennel, and turning it as best I can away from the wind.
    But my main question is would it be a good idea to get her a doggy winter rug for the worst days? I have my eye on a few that are Horse grade winter rugs but scaled down just for dogs. They are very warm, waterproof an reasonabley priced.

    Am I a big sook or might it be a good idea to get one?

    Thanks for any advice and feed back

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    My blue heelers are also bred for our harsh conditions. It is nothing to see them hapily asleep on the frosty lawn but I want them to have choices.
    Two of them are in the big pen at night.
    The garden shed they sleep in has the door starposted half shut.
    They have those off the ground canvassy beds. They now have a snug dog bed each on top of that for winter.Actually there are 3 in there in case the third dog is out there as well..

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    I like these as they are great for wet muddy dogs.

    I can only have Bandit inside at night as my cat who sleeps with me is too much at risk with the other 2.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I am a sook too and would probably have them in coats if I didn't have the set up that I have.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I am looking at getting her this one as we don't have any sheds to let her into at night but I have already moved her kennel to the best part of the yard to keep her kennel warm and dry.
    Thanks for the suggestions for the dog bed Di, I will look at something like that to put in her kennel

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    I think coats are a good idea. Johnny is mostly an outdoor dog and he has the habit of ripping up his beds. A coat just keeps him a little warmer when there isn't much of his bed left.

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    Gyspy currenly has a thick memory foam matteress and a woollen blanket in her plastic kennel. The kennel is placed against the side of the house that has no water run off channels and is protected on 3 sides from the wind by building or fence.
    She will be getting another 1 or 2 blankets over the next few weeks as the weather worsens
    If I buy the coat for her it would only be put on at night and really bad days if needed.

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    i got my horses and dog matching rugs at the horseland sale :P. My dog only gets to wear her winter rug when the weather is really really bad. and its off during the day. She is a purely outside dog and has the option of her plastic day kennel or her weatherboard and tine shelter or under the car. she usually curls up withthe two maltease x's but some times she likes to stretch out in the rain on the lawn :/

    The little malties get one on if it is raining hard cause they are "special" and cant work out how the kennel works.

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    Well Last night my mind was made up for me. We had a good storm last night with plenty of thunder and lighting. And we had plenty of wind too (I was worried that a tree would come down)
    Anyway I went outside this morning to give Gypsy her morning cuddle and pat... but all I could find was a giant drowned rat that was the same colour as Gypsy
    Her Kennel was pretty dry inside so I think she may have slept under her favorite tree instead (She is not the brightest some days lol).
    So she will be getting a winter coat for nights and storms as it can be tedious having to dry her every morning (not to mention I am not a fan of the wet dog smell) Thankfully There is a sale on rugs at my local horse store, so this week I’ll be grabbing one for her. I’ll put pics up when I have one for her

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