Chloe’s Closet: Down-filled dog jacket
It’s still fall, but winter is coming. I’ve just weeded through Chloe’s modest wardrobe, and discovered that her current harness won’t work with her fabulous new Wagwear quilted, “sheepskin”-lined jacket. Argh! I was counting on that jacket, since it’s perfect for Seattle winter weather. A dog with a thinner or shorter coat, however, might want something warmer, and even Chloe, in a New York City winter storm last year, could have upgraded. During that storm I saw a couple of Cocker Spaniels wearing down jackets, and I recently found one that I like.
Joy Pet Products sells a dog coat that’s made of real goose down. It’s reversible (one side is flannel, and the other is a water-resistant nylon) and, reportedly, washable/dryable. The XS, S and M sizes have a slit on the back for a regular harness, but the jacket sits low enough below the neck that Chloe’s front-fastening Gentle Leader harness will also work. It’s a nice-looking, well-made product with sensible Velcro fastenings. An alternative is nylon on both sides and comes with a removable poly-fill hood — super cute, I have to admit, but Chloe is annoyed by hoods.