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Owner living in coldest place on earth takes extreme measures to walk her dogs

Dog owner getting ready for winter walk dog-wow
© sejsejlija - TikTok

The next time you moan about walkies in the rain, spare a thought for Cecilia. Because she lives in a place where it's always freezing and wild animals prowl in the dark!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 25/01/2021, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

We've all been there. You're snuggled up on the sofa after a hard days work. Then your little furball plants themselves in front of the TV and gives you that look. It says "I want a walk, and you're getting these puppy eyes until it happens."

You glance out the window. It's cold outside and it's just started to rain. You look back at your pooch and beg for mercy. But this guy or girl isn't going to let you off.  So you get up, put on your big coat, and brave the elements.

Think you've got it bad?

Sometimes it's hard being a dog parent, right? But the next time you think you've got it tough, just remember what dog owner Cecilia Blomdahl has to go through.

Because Cecilia lives on Svalbard, a collection of Norwegian islands inside the Arctic Circle. It's a place where winter temperatures range from −13 to −20 °C and the sky turns pitch black by 4 pm every day. And then there's the Polar Bears to consider.

Cecilia recently shared a video of herself getting ready for a daily walk. The TikTok clip shows Cecilia piling on the layers and fitting her dogs with glow-in-the-dark safety jackets. She also talks about carrying a rifle to keep the Polar Bears away!

Things aren't so bad after all

The clip went viral, with thousands of shocked viewers giving this brave dog mum the praise she deserves. Others said the story made them appreciate the life of an urban dog owner. 

"I was annoyed to take my dog out in 20-degree weather this morning," posted one person. "But after reading this, I won't be complaining again!"

See also: 5 reasons why it is so important to walk your dog