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I wasn't aware I was posting my life story - and I'd hardly call that 'getting whiny'. I was posting some basic information based on my personal experience as a petsitter, what prices to expect, and my personal experience with kennels. Maybe a sentence or two added for flavour. Wasn't aware that everything posted here had to be short and to the point. Then again, I'm being increasingly shown that some people on here can't read more than a single paragraph without freaking out that someone is telling their 'life story'. No one forces anyone to read what is posted - and no one forces them to post comments bitching about how long it is - even though that probably took longer than it did to read the comment. In other words, if you don't want to read it, you don't have to - and if you don't like it, you're probably not my intended audience. I posted information I figured would be helpful to the OP and other people looking for petsitters (being that the thread was headed in that particular direction). Apparently that warrants melodramatic comments and lynching via 'thumbs down'. C'est la vie. I apologize if I wasn't 'witty' enough for your tender sensibilities. Shall I bring out the smelling salts?

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It's not really that you forced us to read it, it's just that 1st you totally thread jacked and 2nd it's fml. The point of comments is to comment on the actual story or something somewhat related. How much pet sitters cost and how kennels are is not related nor did anyone really ask about it.

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The second, third, and fourth comments tell me otherwise, being that they mentioned an IQ test for petsitters and 'someone should standardize that'. The thread didn't get 'jacked' until people started whinging about it like a bunch of butthurt children.

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I agree that it was probably a misunderstanding. But, why would anyone just leave them out without being sure? I'm sure the dogs went out and did their business in a few minutes due to the cold. The neighbor could have easily just put them back inside and if he wanted the dogs out he could let them out again.

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I would have been pretty confused if you'd meant me, I'm Canadian, so I know my Celsius pretty well. :P I spent a lot of summers in the U.S. (my Dad was born in Ohio) so I can kind of ballpark Fahrenheit, but I'm better at summer temperatures than winter. 100 degrees is effing hot, 90 degrees is obnoxiously hot, 80 degrees is tolerable, but my ideal temperature is around 75. ;)

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(Temperature in Celsius) x 1.8 + 32 That's the formula to convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit. However, being Canadian, I don't find -10 to be that cold. That's actually not too bad for a winter day. If they said -35 with a windchill, if feel a lot worse.

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regardless of whether it's -10 C or F, it's STILL below freezing on either scale. it may not bother PEOPLE, but we're able to bundle up, have protection on our feet and hands, etc. the dogs only had their fur coats, and their paw pads were completely exposed to the weather. the dogs SHOULD have been let out to go to the bathroom then immediately back in, regardless of how long the neighbor thought OP would be home.

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It's cold enough to get frostbite, especially if the ground is frozen and their bare paws are touching it. I live in Canada and work with animal rescues. Plenty of animals loses parts of their ears/tails/paws because of freezing. Anything below zero is enough - but the lower you go, the less time you can spend outside without risking injury from the cold.

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-68 Are you serious? I live up here in northern Michigan so we get snow quite frequently. We have 3 dogs all of them of the chiwawa breed and the smallest of them comes back in cold every time. Think of it this was how would you like it if I threw you out in that kinda weather for some time. No coat, no heat. Let's see how you like it.

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Chihuahuas (and all small-breed dogs) are really susceptible to the cold - especially if they have short hair, but honestly, just like humans, the extremities are at the worst risk. If a human gets frostbite? It's usually nose, ears, fingers, toes - same for dogs. Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, and other small delicate dogs aren't well equipped to bounce around in the snow for hours. Neither are greyhounds - they FREEZE and shiver. My neighbour has two, she has to put really warm fleece sweaters on them before they'll go outside as soon as it hits freezing. Dog boots are pretty expensive and fit REALLY poorly, especially on tiny dogs - I just use some baby socks held on with hockey tape, I used to do that for some of the rescue dogs. They walk funny at first (and it's priceless), but it gives them a few more minutes before their feet get freezing. Then you just dry them and reuse. My parents bought their sheltie a pair of boots that cost almost $30, and they fell off constantly, poor thing always had cold, sensitive feet. The baby socks/tape solution is, at least, really inexpensive. And if you're going to be out with the dogs in the snow for a long time, cutting the top off of a rubber balloon and sticking it over the sock before taping it helps keep it from getting wet. If for nothing else, the socks help keep salt/ice melting products from causing the pads of their feet to crack and become painful. If they're in a yard, this is less of an issue, but for city-dwellers, preventing cracks means preventing potential infection and expensive vet bills. :)

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Written in less than five minutes on an iPhone, too. (Some people here seem awfully nitpitcky about comment length, but why does a discussion have to be limited to a paragraph?)

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Thank you Sputnik! I have two maltese dogs. Neither of them can take the cold very well. I always go outside with my dogs and I figure if I'm cold in my jacket and boots they are about freezing, and that it's time to come in. You are very knowledgable about the animals you help care for and it makes me extremely happy to see people going through the effort to protect animals when I'm at the shelters visiting and walking dogs.

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It doesn't matter. You don't ever leave an animal alone, outside in below freezing weather that can't take care of itself or let itself in the house.

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For where I live -10c is not very cold but it may also depend on what you're used to and how much wind there was that day because that could make things seem a lot colder

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The US has the sue-happy asshole stereotype, and Canada has the "oh you don't know cold, you pussies" one. Nice job reinforcing the stereotype, #55.

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So in terms of stereotypes, the US has the sue-happy assholes, and Canada has the "you pussies don't know cold" rimjobs. Nice job reinforcing the stereotype, #55, though I wouldn't expect anything more from a douchebag who calls himself awesome on his own profile.

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Just cause its cold doesn't mean they can't survive. I'm from Puerto Rico and anything below 70 is cold to me. My tropical ass still went to Alaska and I survived.

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I'm from Canada (lived here my whole life) and I think -10C is pretty damn cold. Not as cold as -40C, but I wouldn't want to be out without a tuque and gloves. But it's especially cold for a dog walking about with bare feet on the ice. I can handle the cold, but being properly dressed is key - and depending on the size of dog, -10C could easily cause frostbite on a dog's paws or ears, depending on how much time was spent outdoors.

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It doesn't matter whether you think that -10C is cold or not. (though, I don't.) The point is, OP thinks it's cold, which means that his/her dogs aren't used to it and might get sick or hurt.

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