|My interpretation of Mom :)|
Now we know many of you further up north may think she is crazy - especially when it is a lovely 47 degrees and bright and sunny today but you see there is a another reason she does this - she suffers with something called Raynaud's disease.
Raynaud's (ray-NOHZ) disease causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel extremely numb and cold in response to cold temperatures. The blood supply to these areas are often constricted which causes poor circulation. Now this is not just a winter thing although it is much worse this time of year - it can include being near freezers or cold displays at a store, being in air conditioned buildings, handling cold items or drinks, taking items out of a freezer..... etc - Mom even needs to wear gloves to go shopping if she getting anything out of the refrigerator/freezer section.
So having Raynaud's makes it very hard for Mom to take us walkies during winter as it only takes a few minutes for her fingers and toes to get so cold they are painful. Now Mom being the brave soul she is and because she loves us so much...... rugs up as much as she can just so we can get at least a few minutes of exercise and sniffing in. Of coarse us being long furred doggies we LOVE this weather and we give off lots of heat - so we are perfect for Mom cause when we get home she can bury her fingers in our fur and warm up and we quiet enjoy her cold little hands patting us :)