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01-26-2014 12:15 PM
xsaysayx Vegas never seems to be affected by the cold in any way. He is rotten and generally is inside right next to me, but there have been plenty of times where he needed to go out in the middle of the night... and I fell asleep before I let him back in... lol but I just find him curled up in the dog bed on the porch, content as can be.
It doesn't get nearly as cold here as other places, though, I think he would be fine either way.
01-26-2014 11:26 AM
Deno Thank you all for your comments. The forecast here in Louisville for tomorrow
is a low of -4 with a high of 16. I think they could take it, but there is no way
I am going to leave them out in this for 10 hours. I am going to try and dog
proof the garage along with giving them some more options on things they
can chew. I will check in on them at lunch tomorrow and I may let them out
if it's at least 16 degrees. Neither have been crated since they were pups &
and I no longer have a crate, let alone 2. I sure hope this "Global Warming"
kicks in soon, I am about tired of this Polar Vortex.
01-26-2014 09:56 AM
doggiedad buy 2 crates and crate your dogs inside.
01-25-2014 10:33 PM
Discoetheque Regardless of weather, when I let my dogs out, I generally go and "look in on them" every ten minutes, just to make sure everything is in good working order and to see what they're doing. Discoe is good at letting me know when she's had enough of being outside, as she'll come and stand on the back porch steps.
With this latest weather, I generally don't let her stay out longer than fifteen or twenty minutes or so. She would probably be fine with longer, but I don't want to chance it. If I look out and she's laying or rolling in the snow, or ripping and running like a fool, I'll leave her be for a little while longer.
01-25-2014 10:07 PM
artemisnhounds With our puppy I let him tell me when he has had enough of the cold. Him and my daughter play outside and get exercise, and he usually calls it quit before her. He loves the snow, but he definitely gets cold and is ready to come back in after about 20 to 30 min in 10 degree weather.
01-25-2014 09:57 PM
TAR HEEL MOM Mine are inside dogs, but have access to a fenced yard via dog door. The other moring I let them out as soon as I woke up as usual. It was 1 degree outside with a wind chill of negative 20. I was worried after about 10 minutes and "forced" them back inside. They would have stayed out there all day if I let them. But I won't let them. They are never out there if I'm not at home under any circumstances.
01-25-2014 07:32 PM
Chicagocanine My dogs never stay out that long alone, but my GSD did like to lay out in the backyard whenever I let her outside, and she loved to lay out in the snow even and not want to come back inside. I don't think the cold bothered her but I just don't like to leave my dogs outside unsupervised for long periods. I don't remember if she acted any different when it was below 10, or 20 or 30 degrees.
01-25-2014 07:30 PM
doggiedad i don't leave my dog outside and it doesn't matter what
the temperature. how about crating your dogs inside
and have someone come in to check on them and to
let them out and give them a snack or a treat.
01-25-2014 07:19 PM
onyx'girl There is a guy with outdoor kenneled GSD's in my area and when the temp was below 0 and windchills even worse...people started calling AC and the police on him. His dogs had food, water, shelter and thick winter coats. If they would have been put in the house they'd have been miserable. But being out in those extremes is pretty bad too.
Do what is best for your dogs, be compassionate!
My dogs are out and in all day long.... when it is so bad they don't want to touch the ground, then no way do I let them stay out too long.
Here is a fb posting by the local AC on the two GSD's:

Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement
Thank you for the widespread concerns for the two German Shepherds in Kalamazoo which are receiving so much media attention. Our office has investigated the situation and there is no law being broken here. Our department is bound by the current laws. Even in times of a violation, our goal is to educate animal owners instead of resorting to removing their pets. The guidelines on our cover photo are simply guidelines that ideally, all owners of outdoor pets would follow. The actual law is more lenient in what it requires.

In the case of these two dogs, they are well hydrated and have good body conditions, which is evidence that they are receiving adequate provisions to maintain a state of good health.

The law that we follow is MCL 750.50 which can be found here: Michigan Legislature - Section 750.50 -- This law does not require that fresh, unfrozen water be made available at all times, it only requires that water be available "regularly" and that the animals are provided sufficient food, water, shelter, sanitary conditions, exercise, and veterinary medical attention in order to maintain an animal in a state of good health. Due to the fact that both animals are, and continue to be, in a state of good health, there is no violation of this law.

Despite the way you may treat your animals, it's important to remember that not all animals are indoor pets, and it is not illegal to have outdoor dogs. Our department responds to hundreds of neglect-related cases each year, and we do act accordingly when violations are discovered, however that is not the case for these dogs.

We appreciate your concern for the welfare of the animals, and we welcome the opportunity to educate everyone who is concerned, especially those who do not live in state, on the laws concerning animal welfare in State of Michigan.
01-25-2014 06:45 PM
misslesleedavis1 If its in the -20's i wont leave them out anymore then 25 minutes and that is with full access to the wind sheltered, carpeted florida room we have, if its -10 i cant barely keep them inside..they love the snow and playing and if they need in they just open the door and let themselves thru
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