Cold winter weather is a fact of life here in Western Wisconsin. The only way to escape the cold is to migrate a long way south. This is not an option for most of us so we must find ways to cope with the extremes of weather that we live in. This is the same for all of the animals that live around here. While wild animals are equipped to live in this cold weather, the vast majority of our domesticated animals either do not have the necessary learned or instinctive behaviors nor the physical characteristics required to survive.