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JiffPom’s Guide to Beating the Winter Blues

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JiffPom’s Guide to Beating the Winter Blues

JiffPom's winter guide

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Winter is sadly here, and JiffPom is just as upset about it as you are. Though he’s covered in fur, the tiny pup prefers the California sun to snow and is not a fan of being out in the cold. Fortunately, he has strategies for tackling the winter blues—in the form of wooly dog sweaters, cozy pajamas and more.

We caught up with the adorable fur ball to get his best tips on how to conquer winter.

Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Hoodie

JiffPom's winter guide-wear hoodies

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Winter is cold so, I recommend outfitting yourself in any and every plush, furry ensemble that you can get your paws on.

The Furrier Your Headwear, the Better

JiffPom's winter guide-wear hats

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I don’t set a single paw out in the cold without a hat on. It’s amazing how much covering up my furry little ears helps to keep me warm—but only faux fur for me!

Take a Nice Bath

JiffPom's winter guide-take a bath

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I’m a big fan of a nice, warm bath. It can take a little coaxing to initially get me into the bathtub, though, because getting out can be so brrrrr. But once you dry off with a dog towel, you feel so great. Sometimes when I leave the tub, my owner wraps me up in my favorite robe and I sit under the heating fan for a while.

Get Cozy

JiffPom's winter guide-get cozy

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It’s not quite a Snuggie, but it’ll do. ‘Nuff said!

Hang with a Friend

JiffPom's winter guide-hang with a friend

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If I can’t go out and play, I invite a friend in.

Get Snowed In

JiffPom's winter guide-have a sleepover

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And sometimes playdates become sleepovers, because who wants to drive home in the snow?

Go Shopping

JiffPom's winter guide-go shopping

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When the snow is falling and you can’t play outside, grab a pal and hit the store for a little retail therapy. I love riding in the shopping cart, especially when we roll through the dog food aisle.

Detox …

JiffPom's winter guide-detox

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Eating a big, healthy meal always puts a smile on my face. It also builds up my immune system and keeps me free of colds and winter sniffles.

… Or Don’t

JiffPom's winter guide-indulge

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Some days it’s salads, but when the winter blues really hit, that’s when you have to indulge. I’m definitely a fan of treating yourself. You only live once, so go big or go home!

Get in Character

JiffPom's winter guide-play dress up

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Sometimes it’s fun to play dress up with dog costumes! I always bark at the chance to be “Super Dog” for the day.

Watch a Movie

JiffPom's winter guide-watch a movie

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Laughter is the best medicine. I’m a big fan of curling up on the couch with a funny movie. “The Secret Life of Pets” was my favorite release of the year. I own several copies.

Phone a Friend

JiffPom's winter guide-phone a friend

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Misery loves company. If it’s cold and you just aren’t feeling it, call up a pal.

Take it Day by Day

JiffPom's winter guide- take it day by day

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And if all else fails and you succumb to winter blues, it’s quite alright. Just remember that you’re only canine after all. Tomorrow is a new day!


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Nicole Pajer is a freelance writer who lives in Los Angeles with her husband, energetic Doberman, and rat terrier.