Our 18 m/o blm pup, Rebel, has got a much lighter coat than Magnum to start with and with this recent quick Arctic blast (10 F at 6 AM here yesterday) the cold has hit his summer coat hard.
He's still filling out and literally has no fat on him (71.6 lbs at last vet weigh in) so even w/ a 5mm vest he's really cold in the blind. So much uncontrolled shivering so that I'm hesitant to send him after any birds in the water. He does ok on upland hunts as long as he can keep moving.
I've already upped his food amount but don't want go too much higher and risk the runs. His food is 26/16 Kirkland Super Premium C & R, 2 cups AM & 3 at PM. He also gets a good quality fish oil cap w/ meals. With the extra food he's got energy out the wazoo and is a high drive dog as it is!
Both dogs stay outside during the day but are in with us at night due to predator risks out here in the NI woods.
I'm a mainly solo, run & gun shore hunter so I have to keep it light and easily packable, like I've got Shamwows in my pack to dry him off.
I could just take Mag out but I don't want Reb to miss out on his 1st waterfowl season. Also I can't take both dogs as that's just too much canine to keep track of.
Tia for any help!