The official foul weather dog uniform of Brooklyn

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I have observed, in my month and change of living in this borough, that the oft-documented “Brooklyn style” is definitely a thing: it is literally bags with straps from Salt, No. 6 shearling booties, and Amazon jackets as far as the eye can see out here. And, amusingly enough, the dogs have a uniform too: this Carhartt coat, which I count dozens of every time I go to Prospect Park in the snow, and which I would buy, like a lemming, in a second for Mister if only he’d consent to wear it.

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    melsybelsy
    8 Feb 2021
    3:23pm

    This post made me chuckle as I’m in Upper West Side anything goes land as long as your comfortable whereas Brooklyn most definitely has had a thing the last decade or two. There is one really great boutique here on 84 & Amsterdam called CPW – the owner just gets the crossplay between comfort and chic and carries some brands you mention here Kim. As for the look of the doggie – that Carhartt thing is damn near adorable and may get it even though I don’t have a dog! Reminds me of the painter pants I wore in HS :).

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      AKnyc
      8 Feb 2021
      9:00pm

      Another UWS-er here, also chuckling!

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    Margaret Plichta
    8 Feb 2021
    3:40pm

    I have that exact coat for my dog! And she will wear it. But it isn’t warm enough for Michigan winters, so I had to get a Hurrta coat. I bought the Carhart because my dog will get nutty with a coat and try to chew it up,, and the canvas is durable.

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    Jax
    8 Feb 2021
    4:06pm

    I’m so glad the NYers haven’t tossed out their Amazon jackets, even after they hit peak trend. I was worried about landfills clogging up with all these fast-fashion winter jackets. It speaks to the useful warmth of the jacket!

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    Stephanie
    8 Feb 2021
    2:31pm

    May I recommend these Goldpaw fleeces as starter coats for wary dogs? When we inherited a chihuahua-rat terrier mix two years ago and brought him from CA to CO, well, it was a rough transition, weather-wise. He hated coats, being a very ornery breed(s), and he’s a weird shape, long and skinny. Now he happily wears a fleece outside every day November – April: a single fleece for when it’s chilly and the double fleece for when its cold, and a single over a double for when its really cold. He LOVES them. My dog seemed to be in between a size 10 and 12; in the end, I sent the company his measurements and they made them for us custom for a small surcharge. Dog and I are big fans. https://goldpawseries.com/

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      cw
      9 Feb 2021
      8:21am

      Thank you for this, Stephanie. I’m always looking for a rainwear coat for Betty and they have several I might be able to get her into. And made in the USA! AND eco-friendly!

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    HickfromStyx
    8 Feb 2021
    12:33pm

    We have worn out I don’t know how many dog coats over the years. The problem is not a lack of quality coats out there, but the unique shape of my dog. We buy what fits. The same goes for dog boots, an absolute necessity in Arctic vortex weather. Fit is sometimes elusive. For dogs with hair, and senior dogs, winter gear is much appreciated.

    The Salt straps look like guitar straps, which will do the job if anyone in your house has a selection of them. The Salt ones look pretty nice, though.

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    Caroline
    8 Feb 2021
    10:24am

    I am sorely tempted by the dog coat, the better to role in poop in;-)
    Even though I no longer live there I’ll always be a Brooklyn girl at heart.
    Tried the amazon coat a few years ago , but could not pull it off.
    I ended up with the Everlane military parka this year..its so warm!

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    cw
    8 Feb 2021
    10:56am

    This is a great dog coat! Betty doesn’t need it in Austin, but I’m sending the link to my daughter who keeps posting me snow photos from Long Island!!

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    Cola
    8 Feb 2021
    11:28am

    This post is near to my heart. My beloved Zizou died last night. He must be communicating to me through you from the great beyond because a) he loved his orange Carhartt coat and b) he knew I would see this post this morning because every morning we snuggled in bed while I drank coffee and read your blog. He loved his Carhartt because it always meant a longer walk for him and I loved it because he was easy to spot off leash in the bright orange. The first day I put it on him he was very wary and refused to take even one step in it. By the 3rd day it was his constant cold weather companion (so there is hope for Mister!) and his coat served him well through brutal New England winters.

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      LisaC
      8 Feb 2021
      4:53pm

      So sorry.

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      Caroline
      8 Feb 2021
      1:19pm

      I’m so sorry ♥️.

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      CC
      8 Feb 2021
      1:50pm

      Cola, I am so sorry to read this, but I love the memories you’ve shared.

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      Kim France
      8 Feb 2021
      12:04pm

      Oh I’m so, so sorry for your loss. Dogs are the best, but they break our hearts in the end.

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        kimbersam
        8 Feb 2021
        12:57pm

        “Grief is the price we pay for love.”- Dr. Colin Murray Parkes

        Sorry for your loss 🙁

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      Eloise
      8 Feb 2021
      11:37am

      Sending you hugs.

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        D.Morgendorffer
        8 Feb 2021
        12:20pm

        Hugs to you, Cola. Also, perhaps something that helped me might help you. Get a notebook and jot down all your memories, both momentous and mundane, of your Zizou. The grief will still pulse and reign in you, but the act of reflecting on all the sensory details of Zizou’s life might help a little.

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          Cola
          12 Feb 2021
          12:17am

          Thank you for this lovely suggestion.

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      AmyM
      8 Feb 2021
      11:41am

      I’m so sorry. Losing a beloved pet is a unique pain. Wishing you peace and comfort.

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    Joni
    8 Feb 2021
    11:29am

    We got one for Max a few years back and he and my husband look like twins while out for their walks!

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    LisaC
    8 Feb 2021
    9:33am

    Love it! If only my dog would wear it. Thankfully, we moved from the Chicago area to the Atlanta area and she doesn’t need a coat. When we were in Chicago I tried to get her into a coat and booties for the really frigid days. Even though she’s 15 lbs and short-haired, she always preferred a (very) quick outing sans coat.

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    liz
    8 Feb 2021
    9:45am

    Love it too and all things Brooklyn. I was raised in Kensington and spent the first 26 years of my life in the borough (save for my 5 years at Penn).

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