I’m shivering. Winter is here. And yes I know I’m a Scottish person living in Australia – I shouldn’t find it cold. I admit it. I am a wimp. I feel the cold. Perhaps that’s why I choose to live in a climate that is warm… most of the time.
Winter in Sydney is cold, especially overnight. During the day it is generally beautiful. It can get up to 20C – outdoors. Inside our homes, it is freezing. Not built to accommodate the cold, switching on the heating tends to heat up the great outdoors as all the heat escapes out of the vast expanses of glass we have.
When indoors, working, I need to have my dog close by. Body warmth of a pet is a great way to keep the chill off and luckily most dogs are willing to comply. To find the warmest spot in my home I just have to look at where my cats are. They will be found snoozing in a sunny spot in the garden or where the sunlight filters through the window. OK not the most comfortable spot for me to occupy but at least I can pat a hot cat and warm my hands up!
At night though it’s a different story. Pets seek me out They love to curl up on a sofa, or better still, in my bed. Like Clyde, pictured above sleeping with my husband, Ginger (8yr old cat) also likes to drape himself over my head and access my body heat. Mew (11yr old cat) likes to get under the covers. I have no idea how she breathes under there but nothing will move her overnight.
In summer my bed is normally only occupied by one cat. In winter it is often a 3-cat night!
What do your pets do to keep warm? And what do you do to keep warm with your pets?