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When a coat is a good idea for a dog

Q. As a general matter I agree that putting a coat on a dog doesn’t make sense. But, it is a great help when you acclimatize your dog to new elements. Recently, we got a new puppy, a golden doodle from a breeder in Arizona.

When snow hit a week after he arrived and we went outside to do business, I could feel him shivering and shivering and his heart was beating like mad. When the temperature was down at zero, he was in agony, whimpering and shivering. I purchased a Canada Pooch coat (canadapooch.com) for him and he was much more comfortable and willing to stay outside long enough to perform.

A. Thank you for your recommendation of Canada Pooch (a hearty cold-weather store for canine coats) and for your story about acclimatizing your Arizona-bred golden doodle to an icy winter climate. You did the right thing by wrapping up your doodle in down duds for protection.

Q. I’m feeling a bit paranoid because it seems every dog I meet these days has my name — Lucy. Sometimes, when I’m out in the neighborhood, I hear stereo commands ringing in my ears: “Lucy! Come! Or, “Lucy! Drop it!” Or, worse, “Lucy! Bad girl!”

I’m a little confused. What is it about my moniker that makes it such an appealing dog name?

A. You do have a point. In fact, “Lucy” is the third most popular female dog name nationally (after “Bella” and “Daisy”) according to vetstreet.com. Dog Lady knows many dogs named Lucy: Lucy the yellow Lab, Lucy the Pomeranian, Lucy the shepherd mix, Lucy the golden retriever, Lucy the Brittany spaniel, Lucy the cockapoo, Lucy the pug . . .

Obviously, “Lucy” resonates with some loosey-goosey spirit of whimsy. Sibilant “Lucy” is also an ideal dog name because it has two syllables and sounds earthy. Take it as a compliment. Think of how many dog keepers gaze happily at their precious pets and murmur the immortal words: “I love Lucy.”



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