Fall is slowly slipping into winter here in Truchas, New Mexico. Don’t get me wrong, we still have predominantly sunny days and clear nights, but the temps are dropping, especially at night. I know I said in the post about making my first fire of the season that I’d have to keep making them once I’d started (see previous post First Home Fire of the Season), but that didn’t turn out to be true this year. Right after I broke down and set that first fire the weather turned very warm again and I hadn’t had a fire since.
You see, my house is built to maximize the sun in the winter and minimize it in the summer. So a little solar gain goes a long way to keeping my place warm. However, once the sun goes down and the temps dip as low as they’ve been dipping overnight, my house is pretty chilly first thing in the morning. I just put on an extra sweater and know it’ll warm up soon.
But one morning when I cuddled Finn in his bed just as the sun was coming up, I realized he was shivering. My Finn has very little fur on his chest and tummy and he didn’t have a sweater. My boy was getting cold in the night! I felt terrible. I dug out a blanket and covered him with it and he snuggled right down into it and stayed there until breakfast, making a sort of soft purring sound.
I called Anna and she immediately went through her things looking for sweaters she could donate (my things are WAY too big for Finn, but Anna is small). She came right over with two sweater vests and a sweater. We put the first one on him (a blend of cashmere and silk no less) and I swear he smiled. He LOVED it. Rather than take that one off, we pulled a V-neck number over top of it and he almost melted he was so happy. He wore this same outfit for several days. I didn’t have the heart to take it off him. He SLEPT in it at night. Finally he rolled in the grass and I simply had to change him into his lovely dark blue sweater.
So I’m going to second hand stores to get him more sweaters. I can tell he’s going to need them for winter. Kate has suggested a horse blanket, custom-made for dogs. I’m looking into that. And he sleeps with a blanket every night now, with a sweater on as well, and is wrapped up in it after breakfast, and even snuggles in it while we watch movies at night. My boy will never be cold again. I promise.
And Anna just brought him a Calvin Klein long sleeved T-shirt—very manly indeed.
Love to you all,