Back in 2010, we moved to MI and Old Man Appy didn't approve. He didn't tolerate the cold before and he certainly didn't tolerate it any more by moving north. The first couple of years I used the Ohio blankets but I didn't like having to use a stable blanket with the medium weight t/o blanket to keep him from shivering so I ordered a new McAlister blanket. It arrived and I was happy.
Appy wore his medium weight when he started shivering when naked (around 15-20 degrees out) and wore this one when he started shivering in his medium weight (around 0 degrees). It worked well enough until he had to wear it for almost a week, after 3 days I saw that it was rubbing his hair on his shoulders. UGH. It just wasn't fitting like I wanted. Every time I would use the blanket, I added a shoulder sleezy.
Last year I used the blanket a few times but I kept getting frustrated at the rubbing when he would wear it for more than a few days. When it gets cold here, it stays cold for DAYS/WEEKS. I bought extra shoulder sleezys to help rotate and I would use the stable blanket with the medium weight a couple of times to give him a break. If it is rubbing, it can't be comfortable.
Over the summer I went to a yard/moving sale and the people were having the "fire sale" for the last day. Everything half off or make an offer, they wanted everything gone. I got some cool stuff, Stubben irons for $5, Courbette side reins for $5, IRH helmet for $5, really nice dog nail clippers for $1, dog crate foam pad for $1, plush rocking horse for $25, etc. The steals though were the blankets. I got 3 rain sheets and one medium weight blanket for an absolute steal. 2 of the rain blankets fit Mia decently and have patches, one doesn't fit and is new condition so I will resell that one (84" if anyone is interested!). The medium weight blanket was WAY too big but turned out to be a new, in package Rhino blanket, a $200 blanket!! I sold it a couple of months ago and was able to buy a used HW Amigo with a hood with the funds so it was basically a trade. WIN!!
I am really looking forward (well, not really) to using it, it looks like it fits Appy much better and I hope Appy appreciates all of the effort I put into this blanketing for him lol. That left my old blanket, I washed it and just let it sit around until I read about Chrome needing a blanket. A light went off in my head. Last November (good lord has it been that long ago...) Gingham held a tack give away and sent me a truly hard to look at Sleazy, the pattern is pretty crazy but it fits Mia well and I have used it twice now.
|Yes, this is the pattern. Really!|
I figured I could send the good Karma along and I sent achieve1dream a FB message telling her about my blanket and offering it to her at a really good price. The fact that it was blue (ish purple) sealed the deal and I got a price quote. UPS wanted $25 to ship and USPS wanted $30, that is way too expensive so I got my hands on a USPS board game flat rate box ($17.90!!) and made it my mission to stuff it in. And stuff I did!
After using almost a quarter of a roll of tape to ensure that if it exploded in transit, the tape would hold the blanket until it reached Chrome, it arrived. Alas there was no explosion but apparently they had a time even getting it out of the box. HA!
I am very glad I was able to pass on the blanket to someone that could use it. Achieve1dream says it fits Chrome pretty well so I hope it works out for them. Happy Blogger Karma being paid forward works out for everyone!