With the cold weather fast approaching I thought this would be a good thread. Many of our fur babies live outdoors and keeping them warm (depending on where you live) can be a challange. We have Rowdy (the 9 yr old Lab) and Willie (the 3 yr old cat) outside. If it weren't for the house already being so crowded, and Rowdy not being comfortable being inside for long periods, I would move him inside. He somehow housetrained himself. lol So, for Rowdy I've got to get an ad up for chicken wire again on freecycle. Does anyone know if it's expensive in case no one has any they want to get rid of? We need to put it over the top of his kennel so he will stop jumping out.....and it will also support the tarps we use as a roof. Next I go get straw. Rowdy's kennel is positioned on the edge of our huge patio, so it has a concrete tile bottom. Nice because of no mud issues. But downright cold during winter. We used to get ALOT of bales. And while it did much to keep him warm.....it backfired on us. Straw plus wet weather equals rusted kennels. sister in law had to do some repair work. So this year I'm getting enough to cover the floor and line his doghouse period. No extra. Then Wyntersgrace told me about this great new pet beds that reflect the animals body heat to help keep them warm. So both Rowdy and Willie will be getting one for their dog houses. For Willie.....he gets to use the small doghouse on the front porch lined with straw. The front porch protects him from most of the bad weather. During below zero temps Rowdy does actually come inside. He stays in his crate that we have for that purpose. Willie also comes inside and we deal with the fact he won't use the litterbox as best we can. (usually by watching for signs he needs to go out) So? What do you do for your outside fur babies to help them cope?