I love cold weather; sweaters, blankets, fireplace, and, being a Louisiana native, the thrill of snow here in Kentucky.
In the midst of all of this, however, always comes the thought of animals outdoors having to endure these low temperatures; neglected dogs and cats, especially. They are not resistant to the cold because they have fur. At or below 32 degrees F they, too, are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia.
I was worrying about our cows out there, but read that cows and horses grow long, coarse hair which traps warm air against their bodies, and can fluff them up when cold.
Deers' bodies begin to retain more fat in layers during the fall for winter protection, and become less active, dropping their metabolism.
God provides for these and other animals in the wild, but let's be sensitive to the needs of our dogs and cats who depend on us for our care and protection.
Written by: Sr. Joel: a Dominican Sister of Peace
who lives in
Springfield, KY. She is a native of New Orleans and has been a
teacher, school and parish administrator, social worker, religious
educator, and missionary. She has written "Breath of Ecology" for
local newspapers and has published a book under the same title.