Freezing Greyhound Loves Life After Getting a Coat to Go Out in the Snow

A greyhound who found the snow a bit too chilly has gone viral with a video showing her delight at being wrapped in a coat so she can play outside.

Honey's owner, Regina Bennett, shares her photogenic pooch's escapades on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, describing the Italian greyhound as a "fashion model."

Honey lives in Oslo—the capital of Norway, where winter temperatures can plummet to 40 degrees below zero. Which means the snow can be a little frosty on her toe beans when she takes her daily walk.

Luckily, her owner ensures she is well equipped for the climate, with a wardrobe full of chic—yet warm—outfits. "Honey is so used to wearing clothes since we live in Norway. Snow half the year," Bennett revealed.

Website Visit Norway says the country's winter weather can be changeable. "Along the coast, temperatures usually stay around zero degrees Celsius [32 degrees Fahrenheit]," it explains.

"Inland, the temperatures are usually lower and might reach 10-20 degrees below zero Celsius [14 degrees to minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit]. A few places can even experience an extremely frigid minus 40 degrees Celsius [minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit]!"

Bennett told Newsweek that Honey is three years old and "sweet, spunky, and full of life."

She added: "Her favorite activity is playing fetch, and she takes it very seriously, although we can't play too often outside at the moment. Honey is like most Iggies [Italian greyhounds] in that she doesn't exactly love the cold, but that doesn't stop her since we live half the year in a cold weather climate.

Honey the greyhound in her coat.
Honey the greyhound in her coat. The pooch lives in Norway, where it regularly snows. Regina Bennett

"There's a saying in Norwegian—'Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær,' which translates to 'There's no bad weather, only bad clothing.' For Honey, there are some exceptions to that rule, but I try not to let the weather limit our time outdoors."

A clip shared to the @honeytheiggy TikTok account on Tuesday showed Honey's reactions to the snow, beginning with the on-screen caption: "How Honey reacts to going outside without clothing vs. with clothing."

First, her owner opens the door, revealing a snow-covered yard, and Honey tentatively steps outside, before seemingly deciding it's too cold and heading back into the warm living room.

Bennett then holds up a fetching coat, which she dresses Honey in before opening the door again. This time the greyhound gleefully bounds outside and starts running around in the snow.

The video, which has been watched more than 1 million times and can be seen here, is captioned: "She's sensitive."

Hundreds of TikTokers commented on Honey's adorable reactions, with Amelie_dengg writing: "That's the cutest thing I've ever seen."

Honey the greyhound in her coat.
Honey the greyhound in her coat. Her owner created boots for her to keep her paws warm. Regina Bennett

Samantha Bates wrote: "Wants to go out, humans made it possible, happy pup."

Denise reckoned: "Smarter than most kids."

Bartclan observed: "Honey's no fool!"

In response to numerous questions from TikTokers, Bennett added in the comments: "Coat is from Whitehound Store on Instagram for everyone asking."

But it transpired that Honey's boots were made-to-measure couture, as her owner shared a tutorial for anyone wanting to make their own.

In her Instagram stories, Bennett explained: "I made Honey's boots myself. All the boots I purchased for her would do OK while walking, but come off while running..."

She shared a free design pattern, along with a tutorial video, explaining that you need bits of fabric, Velcro and elastic pieces.

Bennett told Newsweek: "She has a variety of clothing to choose from, including her snowsuit and boots. That's the go-to combo when it's snowing outside or very cold. The boots not only protect her feet from freezing temperatures, but also ice, salt and rocks on the ground here. Iggies have long legs and, in my experience, it was difficult to find boots that properly stay on her feet without slipping off.

"The ones I make stay on her feet even while zooming, so I'm happy she can always enjoy herself outside. They are not complicated to make, and I am just a beginner at sewing myself. Many people were asking for a tutorial, so I put one on Honey's YouTube channel. We are happy if we can help other cold climate doggies out.

"Honey doesn't always wear her snowsuit. She also has a variety of thick onesies to choose from. Whatever she's wearing, though, she's always so cute. She paces around until I open the door, then she goes flying off the porch, running around as long as it's not too much snow. When it's warmer weather, we are often playing fetch in the backyard or nearby park with her favorite frisbee ring."

According to ASPCA Pet Insurance, senior dogs and puppies, as well as those with health conditions, may be more sensitive to the cold.

It said: "Your dog's ability to tolerate the cold can depend on a number of things, including breed, age, size and health.

"For instance, larger breeds with thicker coats and protective undercoats, such as Akitas and huskies, are naturally better equipped to handle low temperatures.

"Smaller, shorthaired breeds, like Boston terriers or Chihuahuas, are more likely to shiver and shake at the first sign of a chill.

"One good rule of thumb is that if it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your dog."

Update 02/25/22, 12:30 p.m. ET: This article was updated with comments, photos and video from Regina Bennett.