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Re: JRT and Harsh Winters in CanadaPosted by: Jane McClay
Posted on: April 17, 2001 at 09:17:23
In Reply to: JRT and Harsh Winters in Canada
: Not a question, just a comment to the person who wants to know about the harsh winters in Toronto and owning a JRT. I to live in Toronto and consequently bought my puppy in the middle of winter. For the fist couple of weeks it was really hard to get him adjusted to the cold because he was soooo small. After that Hugo LOVED the snowbanks, to the point that he would dive into the freshly fallen snow and all we could see was his little brown ear. To tell the truth he really didn't know what to make of the nice weather...after all his favorite snow bank was gone!
: As for taking him for walks, I was carful not to make them too long, and not to take him where there was too much salt. And always remember to completly dry their paw pads, even between the toes. I am confident when I say that getting a JRT in Toronto is a great idea, as long a you pass the JRT Profiler!
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I'm in Maine and we have harsh winters here, too. I can't believe the amount of snow we got this past winter!
The Online Profiler is an absolute must though, as you say. It's important in any climate that a JRT has room to exercise outdoors. They need more than walks most of the time. In the winter I find myself playing doorman all day long. They'll run outside, truck around the yard a few times at full speed, then be right at the door to come in and dry off before they go repeat the process! I hate to think how my dogs would be if they didn't have the outlet for their energy that the fenced in yard offers!