Wussy dog mom confession

Often I get asked why I’m so perfect. And while immensely flattering, it isn’t true. Spoiler alert: I may have a few issues. In today’s first installment of discussing the ways my issues involve my dogs, I have a dog mom confession.

I have never (ever) intentionally taken either of my dogs for a walk in the rain.

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Now I know this might not seem like a big deal if I lived in Arizona or California. But I live near Seattle. As in the Seattle where it rains all the damn time.

In my defense, I am a California transplant and still mostly of the opinion that rain is fairly icky. My dogs, however, have only ever lived in and traveled within the Pacific Northwest, but somehow they also dislike the rain. I mean, they go out and do their business in the rain, but it is definitely quickly!

I try to defend my decision by saying if I don’t like walks in the rain, and the dogs don’t like walks in the rain, why force it? Seems logical, right? But as I mentioned previously, we live near Seattle. Sometimes there are weeks that go by with very few dry patches. My dogs are able to get exercise by running around inside the house and playing games like fetch, but it is no match for time spent running around outside or going on a decent walk.

Plus, aside from the exercise, my dogs need walks for social and training reasons.

What is a wussy dog mom to do?

I have to say I was really inspired today by this post by Bethany of Cascadian Nomads on walking in a downpour. As a non-wussy dog mom, living in the same weather area I do, she takes her dogs on walks in all sorts of conditions. She’s also found a cool product to keep dry, that I need to try.

If I get myself toasty and warm and decide to hate walking in the rain less, I have a feeling my dogs will sort of follow suit. And I definitely feel a bit more confident about the whole deal after reading these tips from Kol’s Notes on how they cope with 9 months of rain.

So, how about you? Walking in the rain with your dog is…

  1. Lovely!
  2. A necessary evil
  3. Not gonna do it
  4. Other…
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  • http://www.cascadiannomads.com/ Cascadian Nomads Bethany

    So glad to have (maybe) inspired you! I admit that I used to wait for a break in the rain but that just turned into days and a house full of crazy, cabin fever dogs. So I have learned to love it- and not having to do any special dressing (just wrapping my rain skirt around my waist and walking!) has definitely made loving it easier!

    • Jessica Rhae

      I like my comfort bike most for a similar reason. I can head out the door in whatever I am wearing. No special clothes needed. The skirt is something you can use to wear to somewhere nice too because you can take of off when you get there (and aren’t we and muddy)

  • KolchakPuggle

    LOL, OK, I’ve got a wussy dog mom confession of my own. Before we lived in an apartment and rainy day walks were 110% a necessity…I didn’t walk in the rain either. Ever. Rain is icky. IT IS, but once you start forcing yourself to do it, (and I had to multiple times a day), it stops being a big deal and starts being just another thing you do for these crazy dogs! (I do however want one of Bethany’s rain skirts. DO WANT). You can totally do it.

    • http://www.dogsplendor.com/ Stefanie

      Ha! Good to know. I think I have some solid tips to make it a bit more pleasant.

    • Jessica Rhae

      Those skirts are made in Seattle

  • Jessica Rhae

    I avoid it if possible. However, it was raining pretty good for our Adventureweiner walk last week and we managed to make it all the way around Green Lake. Luckily, as a student, I have some flexibility so can grab the dogs and head out when the rain breaks.

    • http://www.dogsplendor.com/ Stefanie

      Yeah, I always try to time going out around when it rains, also. Sometimes luck is on my side, sometimes not so much!