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Outdoor workers stick it out in freezing weather

Posted at 4:22 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 12:04:44-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Michelle Ostermiller and Ross Friehe with Housebound Hounds can't take the day off just because wind chills are below zero.

So this morning even though the wind chill was below zero, they gave the pups what they want. a walk, albeit a short one, through an Elkhorn neighborhood.

"Dogs are smart, they like to do their business, they like to have outside time, but it's cold for us, it's cold for them, they normally lead us back home pretty quickly," says Friehe, the owner of the company.

And if the dogs don't do that. They often let them know in other ways that it's time to go back indoors.

"Part of it too is just reading their signs, if they're turning around and looking up at us and looking up at us and like 'why am I out here?' Then we bring them back in" says Ostermiller.

Across town at the Buffett Cancer Center, the valet workers need to be extra prepared because there workspace at times can feel like a dark wind tunnel.

"Because of the buildings it accelerates the wind through kind of a corridor here, and with the big canopy that they have it keeps the sun out," says assistant manager Cole Foster.

Assistant manager Cole Foster says because of that every bit of extra protection helps.

“It's always good to have some hand-warmers on you, it helps with keeping dexterity in your fingers, using them and writing tickets, just surviving the cold days," says Foster.

Even with all the layers, sometimes the workers simply need a few minutes indoors.

"We encourage letting the staff inside, letting them warm up a bit, kind of warm the body and any extra breaks we can provide to send the guys and gals back in," says Foster.