According to weather.com it is currently 13 degrees and feels like negative 2. That's cold. Like everyone in much of the U.S. this morning, I was freezing while running the short distance from my home to the car, despite wearing lots of layers under my heavy coat. Nigel, with just his every day black Labrador retriever coat, seemed invigorated by the frigid air. Even so, we were not about to stay outside for more than a minute. The drastically low temperatures are not safe for us or our animal companions. If you see an animal outside in the cold, report it immediately to the local animal control or welfare agency.
In the District of Columbia (202) 576-6664
In Montgomery County, Maryland (240) 773-5960
In Prince Georges' County, Maryland (301) 780-7201
In Fairfax County, Virginia 703-691-2131
If you see a person outside in the cold needing immediate help, please call the Hypothermia Hotline at 1 (800) 535-7252. No one should be in these record-breaking arctic temperatures for long.
So, why the picture of Buzz (formerly Billy Elliot) sitting regally on the dining room table in his forever home? I was combing through recent adoption photos and this picture just leaped out at me. Nothing better on a cold day than enjoying the company of an animal companion in a warm home.