“But dogs already have coats,” says your annoying neighbour. Not true. Or rather, not the point. For the many breeds that really feel the cold, a coat makes all the difference.“It can also be a useful accessory for older, even very furry dogs who are having problems with arthrosis” says Petra Jungebluth, founder and head of design at Berlin’s Cloud7, a brand that see dogs “as a family partner, and not so much as a fun object”, so a natural, muted-colour range stops it all being too novelty, and waterproof fabric with soft inner fleece keeps out the chill. “The coat is also designed to feel as natural as possible, and be taken on and off in seconds.” Function over form, in other words (though the form is still pretty spot on). The best bit is that it comes in 11 sizes (including a special Greyhound variation). “Our eight office dogs have been very patient and helpful models.” Braver Hunde.
A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.
None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?
February 5, 2019