The Denver snowstorm means small dogs have cold bellies: An investigation

3 to 7 inches of snow is a lot when you are a dog that is 2 to 3 inches off the ground.

(Francie Swidler/CPR News)

(Francie Swidler/CPR News)

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Every Denver snowstorm brings with it a joyful, glorious deluge of dogs-in-snow content. Big dogs. Fluffy dogs. Athletic dogs.

But what about Denver’s tiny dogs? What of the dachshunds, the mini-corgis and the chihuahuas, so often on the loose?

They may not be the stars of the snowstorms but they are the heroes. Join us for moment in honoring them.

Pearl, fashion chihuahua

(Courtesy of Hannah Tolle)

(Courtesy of Hannah Tolle)

Pearl came to Colorado from Texas one year ago with her mom, Hannah Tolle.

“We’re looking into getting her a full-body snowsuit,” Tolle texted. “I’ll keep you posted.”

Dobby, mlem king

Dobby — who is a tiny dog and not a house elf, as far as Denverite can tell — belongs to Kate Crowe of Art Hyve.

He did what he had to do!

Pippa, mini-corgi/residential plow

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(Francie Swidler/CPR News)

Pippa is very short but also very well insulated. This makes her well-suited to plow a trail through the snow.

Thank you for your service, Pip.

Penny, regular-sized corgi

(Courtesy of Chris Bianchi)

(Courtesy of Chris Bianchi)

Young Penny belongs to Weather Nation meteorologist Chris Bianchi. She’s doing great for a small creature who has only been on this earth eight months.

Jax, bearded snow dog

(Courtesy of Apryl Alexander)

(Courtesy of Apryl Alexander)

Jax — who looks distinguished, if wet — lives with University of Denver professor Apryl Alexander.

“He is a complete goober in the snow,” she said.

Oliver, fashion hot dog

Or is it hot fashion dog?

Rocky, reporter terrier

(Courtesy of Tom Mustin)

(Courtesy of Tom Mustin)

Rocky belongs to Denver7 news anchor and reporter Tom Mustin.

He’s grateful for a cleared path but would also be grateful to be let back inside.

Perrito, very small dog indeed

Perrito is very appropriately named, if not genetically equipped for half a foot of snow.

But Perrito is a trooper. Perrito wades into challenges. Perrito shakes off his troubles. Be like Perrito.

Coco, nudist

The bravery! The ambition!

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