Some of you may have heard about—or worse yet, experienced first hand– the terrible drought Washington State suffered this Spring- Fall. Over one million acres burned up this summer with fire season starting a whole month early—in July.
We prayed for snow—lots of snow—to suppress the stench and lessen the threat that roots, smoldering deep underground, would reignite fires the following Spring.
Be careful what you ask for, lest ye get more than you bargained for.
We got our snow in the mountains. Two passes in Northwest Washington are closed- North Cascades for the season (which is typical). Stevens is also closed without news of a probable reopening date. West of the Cascade Mountains, in NorthWet Washington, we got rain. Literally buckets of rain.
Roads are closed, businesses and homes have taken on water. Cars have floated away.
“What has all this to do with canines,?” you ask.
A Bouvier de Flanders is not designed to live in soggy regions. Their hair is long and absorbs water like microfiber. It hangs, dripping streams from dreadlocks.
After 10 years in North Central Washington, where I enjoyed seeing the sun for months at a time and even relished the slow and gentle dolling out of the annual 11 inches of rain characteristic of the region, I’m wondering if the mild winters and relatively cool summers on this side of the mountains are reason enough to suffer the usual 60 inches of rainfall I might now expect in my new home here on the coast.”
One thing is for sure: I had to take prophylactic action to keep my dogs as dry as possible!
I set off for Petco. I found a selection of dog coats that were not adequate rain protection. PetSmart had one that was a reflective coat and was okay, but did not provide the coverage I was looking for.
Note: Photographs were taken two days after the storm that battered Northwest Washington. This storm hailed wind of up to 100 mph while dumping rain that caused massive flooding. The Skykomish river jumped its banks– nothing out of the ordinary there; it was the power of a lot of rain driving this river ferociously along that made it so destructive.
My next stop was the local Country Co-op and there I found a great coat. It has no hood but does have a wide collar. It is long. And it has a bellyband that is quite wide. I bought one for Alice and one for Wil.
These coats are available on Amazon:
|Alice is 65 lbs and the size 28 coat fit her as the 30 fit Wil.|
|Wil is 85 pounds and the 28 coat fit him, but the 30 was long enough to cover his tail too.|