Now that fall has arrived in Nova Scotia, it’s time to get out the hardcore rain gear. In the summer I can usually get away with waterproof sandals and a light hooded jacket. In the cooler temperatures of October, a lot more preparation is required. I already miss the days of slipping on a pair of flip-flops and heading out the door. Shiva has been growing impatient with me as I take much longer to get ready. On drenching days like these, I almost long for the dry prairies of Alberta.
Shiva the Dog may not like the rain, but she dislikes missing a walk much more. She is the perfect all-weather dog. Come sleet or snow or hail, she wants to be out there sniffing for peanuts and barking at leaves. As the official dog-walker in the household, I have to suck it up and face the elements. This is much easier to do with the right protection.
Rain boots are a Nova Scotian essential. If I find a pair with a removable lining I can easily transfer them from fall to winter to spring. We’re lucky in that our winters are not overly cold, just very, very wet. As long as everything I wear is made of rubber, I barely even notice the downpour.
When your walking companion is a dog it’s also very important to have warm towels waiting for you at home. Shiva isn’t a puddle-lover. Aquaphobic to the end, she will do her best to avoid stepping in anything muddy or soggy. She often looks at me like I am crazy when I start splashing around in my thick boots. My dog has been known to take flying leaps to avoid even the teeniest pool of water. But sometimes she just can’t prevent herself from getting dirty. And when it rains in Nova Scotia, it pours. As soon as we’re back inside she does all she can to dry herself off – even if it means soaking all of our furniture. Having a towel handy at the front door helps avoid that particular disaster.
I am almost wondering if it is worth looking into getting Shiva her own rain coat. She probably wouldn’t tolerate anything on her head, but maybe she would like something designed to keep her just a little more dry. Perhaps with a jacket of her own she will head outside with a little more enthusiasm. I found these great ones at an online company called Chilly Dogs. They carry all sorts of cool canine outdoor gear made for Canadian weather. This rain slicker actually looks fairly impressive.
I am also kind of in love with this adorable argyle coat from Hands N Paws. After all, just because it’s raining, doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish.
But then, I can’t have my dog looking more fashionable than I do. If Shiva is going to get a fancy new coat, then at the very least I deserve some much cuter boots to match. Like these polka dot numbers, for instance.
It’s only fair.