It’s a crime, not to mention heartless, to leave a pet outside in the bitter weather without food, drink, or shelter. It’s upsetting to see a poor animal tied, shivering, and alone with no one to help.
Kristina Hollie and a friend were waiting on a bus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when they saw a cute puppy running errands with his human mom. She was about to enter the post office, which only accepts service dogs.
She had to tie her dog to a tree since he wasn’t one. In the extreme cold and strong wind, the poor dog was shivering.
As they saw her hook his leash around the tree, the crowd was surprised
His owner finally discovered that her pet buddy was cold, and she pulled off her puffy winter coat at the last moment. She reached down and wrapped it over her dog’s body without regard for herself.
Then she hesitated and took a step forward, causing everyone in the area to smile. Perhaps she was afraid he’d kick it off, so she knelt and zipped it up around him.
She didn’t expect to stay at the post office for long, but she expected him to be chilly for the time she was there. Hollie just had to compliment the woman on her thoughtfulness.
“I told her that what she done was really lovely and considerate as soon as she stood up and went by me.” ‘Thank you!’ she simply said. “I don’t want him to get cold!”
Even though he was tied to a tree in the cold, everyone’s cheeks lit up when they saw him wearing his mom’s green coat. People were stopping to take a picture of him.
“I noticed two or three other people stroll by him and remark on how adorable and cozy he looked.”
When Hollie’s bus came, she gave the cute puppy one more look and observed how happy he was to sit in his momma’s winter coat and relax.
While some dogs with thick, double-layered coats, such as Huskies and Newfoundlands, adapt well in the harsh winter weather, others with thin coats, such as Greyhounds and Great Danes, may feel downright cold. Smaller dogs lose body heat faster than bigger dogs.
According to Pet MD, the typical healthy dog is OK until temps reach 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Small breed dogs, dogs with thinner coats, and those that are extremely young or elderly, however, suffer quite cold when temperatures dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and may develop health issues.
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