New York Today: Do Dogs Want Winter Coats?

However, not all dogs are manufactured equal with regards to staying warm.

Miniature dogs (just like chihuahuas), poodles and poodle mixes have the hardest time because they have head of hair, which is “not anywhere close to as protective or thick seeing as fur,” Dr. Goldstein explained. Wolfish northern breeds with long fur, like huskies and malamutes, do best. Labradors and golden retriever types happen to be somewhere in the middle.

“Whenever we get goose bumps, it doesn’t do substantially because we’re not as hairy as we were in the past,” Dr. Goldstein said. “However when a dog gets goose bumps, it makes their hair stand up, increasing the barrier they have between your outside and the skin, and that coat is proficient at minimizing the loss of heat.”

“It will be hard to imagine a larger dog that would need a jacket,” he added. “You’re doing it more for the owner and the cuteness than for your dog.”

If you do opt to get your pup a winter months get-up, the key areas of the body to keep warm will be the face, oral cavity and nose, because that’s where their heating evaporates, according to Dr. Goldstein. But because covering a dog’s whole head is not exactly realistic, do your very best to cloak their belly or tummy.

And as for the paws? Dogs don’t lose much heating through their foot, Dr. Goldstein said, but he recommends sneakers or “old-fashioned plastic hand bags” when city sidewalks are covered in salt, which “can be quite toxic and result in a lot of harm to the foot pads.”

Cats, he noted, shouldn’t be outside through the winter at all.

Here’s what else is going on:


Bundle up. (We’re talking to you, not your pet.)

It may feel as cold due to 33 degrees due to you leave for the day, with wind chill, though we’ll have sunshine and temperature ranges in the 40s later on.

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And tomorrow, a potential for snow.

In the News

• The most significant planetarium in the Western Hemisphere opens this week in Jersey Metropolis. [New York Times]


• Senator Kirsten Gillibrand needed Senator Al Franken’s resignation, prompting a wave of Democratic senators to check out suit. [New York Instances]

• Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz, two of NY Public Radio’s most well-known hosts, were located on keep amid allegations of inappropriate misconduct. [New York Times]

• Activists and lawmakers found in NY are pushing to broaden the legal recourse open to people who say they were sexually abused as children. [New York Times]

• District attorneys in NY happen to be cracking down on wage theft, after indictments this year detailed over $2.5 million in unpaid wages to more than 400 construction workers. [New York Times]


• Seven Fire Department staff members own filed a lawsuit claiming African-American civilian staff members are paid less than white staff members with the same work. [New York Times]

• New Jersey scientists seek to limit chemicals found in drinking water that contain been associated with cancer and developmental complications in small children. [New York Times]

• Two treatment centers in Westchester County happen to be struggling to keep children from returning to sex trafficking in the town. [New York Times]

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• An Upper West Area powerhouse engineered at the change of last century provides finally won a good landmark designation as contemporary new construction encroaches. [West Area Rag]

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• New York may be the second “pest-iest” status, according to a new study that analyzes cultural media chatter about pests across the country. [NBC 4 New York]

• Nominations for NY Today’s New Yorkers of the Year contest remain wide open through Friday. Tell us about an exemplary citizen by filling in the form in the bottom of this column.

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Coming Up Today

• Get together to light a 55-foot-tall Holiday tree, with appearances by true reindeer and the Brooklyn Ballet, at MetroTech Middle in Downtown Brooklyn. 4 p.m. [Free]

• “The Strange Career of the Jim Crow Midwest,” a panel conversation about the annals of racism and discrimination, at the Schomburg Middle for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. 6 p.m. [Free]

• A series on the annals and future of Green-Real wood Cemetery goes on with “Curating Collections in a Time of Environmental Change,” a lecture in its Historic Chapel in Brooklyn. 6:30 p.m. [$20]

• “Modigliani: Sources of Motivation,” a gallery discuss the African masks that influenced the Italian-Sephardic artist Amedeo Modigliani, at the Jewish Museum on the Top East Side. 6:30 p.m. [Pay-what-you-want and R.S.V.P.]

• Looking ahead: “The Initial Amendment: The Constitution on Campus,” a good lecture by the Harvard Legislation School professor Randall Kennedy, on Dec. 11 at the New-York Historical World. [Tickets here]

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• Islanders at Penguins, 7 p.m. (MSG+). Nets at Thunder, 10 p.m. (YES).

• Alternate-side car parking remains in place until Friday.

• For more events, see The NY Times’s Arts & Entertainment guideline.

And Finally…


It’s International Civil Aviation Working day, recognised officially by the US.

The observance, meant to remind us of the role aviation plays in our social and monetary well-being, got us thinking about the role NY has played in aviation history.

Ninety years ago, Charles A. Lindbergh started to be the first person to fly solo nonstop over the Atlantic, touring from NY to Paris in his little bright white monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis.

The achievement was enough to merit a rare exclamation point in a headline on leading page of THE BRAND NEW York Times: “LINDBERGH Does indeed IT! TO PARIS IN 33½ HOURS; FLIES 1,000 MILES THROUGH SNOW AND SLEET; CHEERING FRENCH Take HIM OFF FIELD.”

It took six mins for phrase of Mr. Lindbergh’s landing to visit from Paris back to New York, and when it have, an announcement of his arrival was submitted on a bulletin on The Times’s establishing. Cheers swept Broadway. Autos stalled in the streets to honk in special event. Boats in NY Harbor sounded horns. Fire trucks blew sirens.

“On the streets and somewhere else Lindbergh was the one topic of conversation all day every day long,” THE DAYS reported. “In the subway, on the elevated, in the trains and cars, motion-picture homes, theatres, wherever a few had gathered, and even where one man may find another to talk to, one been told ‘Lindbergh – Lindbergh – Lindbergh.’”

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