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The Appeal’s Tim Ehhalt is famous in our social circle for coining the term “sweatery dog” after a particularly frigid morning with his terrier mix. But I’ve always wondered how absolutely necessary a sweater or coat is for a dog, CBS5’s Joe Vasquez’s segment (embedded below, thanks to Joe and Brittney Gilbert) was kind of a treat.

The bottom line: the vet to whom Joe spoke said they’re not necessary, the folks at the store that sells $100 bomber jackets for your pup says they might be, and pitched him some DOG SHOES TOO.

I dunno. My dog’s a Lab mix and she’s never seemed that cold, but when Tim’s dog (whom, it should be noted, spent the first part of her life on the streets of Stockton, so she should be tough, right?) comes to the Appeal she ends up like this.

What do y’all think? Are you a dog dresser, or do you prefer your dogs in the nude? Is this dog weather gear thing just a scam or is it the mark of a guardian who cares?

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • salsaman

    Dogs don’t need coats or shoes, nor do they need to be carried.
    (Also, that “whom” usage is incorrect.)

  • bennyinsf

    I love my dog and would dress him if I thought it would make him more comfortable, BUT I don’t believe he would benefit from or even enjoy wearing a coat.