Staying warm during the Alaskan Winter

ImageTrying to stay warm during the six months winter-like conditions is a recurring topic for Alaskans. Besides the usual personal winter accessories, some Alaskans opt for accessorizing their vehicles as well. We are not the exception. We installed auto-start in our SUV. That way, with the push of a button, the car will turn on and start warming up before we are ready for our ride.

TeKeela & Bailey have a crate in the cargo area of the SUV. Once it started getting cooler, I threw in a couple of fleece blankets. They both loved snuggling in them. I started to notice that even though the SUV was on for say 30 minutes, it was still very cold at the back. The fleece blankets were cold too!

So my hubby came up with the idea of getting a 12 volt heated fleece throw.

Fortunately our SUV has a 12V outlet that gets powered only when the vehicle is running (otherwise the SUV battery would die). So we power it up with the car auto start. It does not get too warm and the pups seem to love it.

For additional safety, I sew a piece of fabric around the electric cord to protect it in case the pups try chewing on the cord.

Green fabric around cable and attached to the blanket.

Green fabric around cable and attached to the blanket.

The heated throw would take about 15 min to warm up. That’s normally the time that takes to get anywhere in Anchorage. I noticed the pups being cold whenever we left home. I thought that having a heated garage (we normally keep it at 60 degrees) would help, but I noticed TeKeela shivering once or twice.

So we decided to put our portable 12 volt jump starter to use. Whenever we are home we would connect the heated throw to the portable battery 15 min before leaving. When it is very chilly I even put some of the regular fleece blankets in the dryer for a few minutes. Now they are warm and toasty.

TeKeela & Bailey posing for the camera


10 Responses to “Staying warm during the Alaskan Winter”

  1. Robin

    That is such a great idea and you are so sweet to do that for the dogs! I bet mine would be in heaven if I did that in the house for them since we keep it so cold for our Newfie. Even we walk around with fleece hats in the house in the winter. such spoiled dogs!

    • snowieners

      I hope Newfie likes it too. Just be extra careful with the cords in case he is a chewer…

  2. Wag The Dog UK

    Wow that is amazing… Good humans to understand that dogs too need to stay warm too! Love meeting well aware humans who know and care for their pups!

  3. FleaByte

    What happy pups they must be!

  4. Adventureweiner (@Adventureweiner)

    You are a really nice dog mom! It doesn’t get as cold here as it does in Alaska but it still get’s way too cold in the car for the puppies (I mean, really, what DON’T they consider too cold?). A goose down blanket in the car does it for us though.

    • snowieners

      That’s true, they are always cold when they are not active. These guys are becoming real tough Alaskans. I’m surprised they go out to potty whenever we reach -10F!

  5. dachshundnola

    Good idea! Just found your blog. Nice to meet you! I’m Amanda, mom to 4 smooth Dachshunds (Nola- 2yo red sable female, Boston-2yo red dapple female, Auggie-2yo clear red male and Phoenix-5mo old black and tan female

    • snowieners

      Nice to meet you too! I have been following your blog. I love it. I was not aware you had more doxies! Hope you get better soon.

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