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Old 05-25-2007, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Hi there - I will (hopefully!) be moving to Boston within the next six months from Vancouver (just in time for winter!) and I have a small dog (a miniature pinscher. She's a bit bigger than a chihuahua). I'm wondering about how other people's little dogs fare in the winter there? Here in Vancouver she has a little fleece suit that she wears and obviously I'll have to get her something more substantial but I just wondered in general how smaller dogs do there? I've been to Boston a few times but only once in the winter (I flew in the day before the big snowstorm in February 2006!) I'm worried about her being okay. Thanks for any advice!

Oh, also - we're planning on living in the North End (I'm hoping to go to the North Bennet Street school) and I wondered also what that was like in the winter as far as clearing the snow off the sidewalks and streets are etc. When I was there before I was in Somerville and they had a snowplow out within hours of the snow starting to fall. It sure isn't like that here in Vancouver! They only plow the major roads and that usually takes them a few days......

(I'm now bracing for all of the "why on earth are you moving to Boston from Vancouver?" questions!) lol THANKS!!! - Jodie -
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Sverige och USA
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I have to say that Mass. are really efficient at plowing roads. Most of the major roads are usually clear within hours of a major storm and even secondary roads are usually cleared quite fast. The sidewalks however are a different story. Those seem to be the responsibility of homeowners who often neglect their duties. So, it is usually tough to walk. However, the good news about living in the North End is that you have access to the T so you won't have to worry about driving. Welcome and good luck.
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Old 05-29-2007, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Metrowest, MA
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If you live in downtown Boston, I would not worry about it. Boston is still heated by steam underground. Snow melts quickly or never accumulate.
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:00 PM
 
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Hi there - I will (hopefully!) be moving to Boston within the next six months from Vancouver (just in time for winter!) and I have a small dog (a miniature pinscher. She's a bit bigger than a chihuahua). I'm wondering about how other people's little dogs fare in the winter there? Here in Vancouver she has a little fleece suit that she wears and obviously I'll have to get her something more substantial but I just wondered in general how smaller dogs do there? I've been to Boston a few times but only once in the winter (I flew in the day before the big snowstorm in February 2006!) I'm worried about her being okay. Thanks for any advice!

Oh, also - we're planning on living in the North End (I'm hoping to go to the North Bennet Street school) and I wondered also what that was like in the winter as far as clearing the snow off the sidewalks and streets are etc. When I was there before I was in Somerville and they had a snowplow out within hours of the snow starting to fall. It sure isn't like that here in Vancouver! They only plow the major roads and that usually takes them a few days......

(I'm now bracing for all of the "why on earth are you moving to Boston from Vancouver?" questions!) lol THANKS!!! - Jodie -
How did you get the attached image? It is so cute. I had two little dogs while living in the burbs and they did fine. Sometimes I would put on booties if there was alot of snow and salt as the salf can really sting. Of course you want to make sure to pull off the snow that attaches to the pads of their feet too. We have four small ones now. Can't wait for that challenge!
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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well, I know a lot of people in Boston w/ greyhounds (mostly adopted from the race track in nearby Revere), and these dogs have very little body fat. lots of folks give their dogs coats. your dog shouldn't have to many problems w/ a coat. I don't think the cold is that bad, and I've seen many minpins w/o coats on typical winter days (I have a Pomeranian that loves the snow, but then again, she's a pom!)

parts of the North End are tourist areas, so these areas are kept nice and plowed! it isn't recommended you drive; parking is horrible in the North End!
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