It's been soooooo gosh darn freezing here this week- it's been quite the challenge to get mental and physical stimulation (for both humans and dogs). But the past few days, it's been cold enough to get to the point where I don't want to go outside (which normally is one of my favorite things to do) because my paws hurt.
Cue my little reminder for us who live in cold weather: dog paws and human feet have a lot in common! Humans don't walk around in bare feet when it's 100 degrees out- nor do they walk around in bare feet when the windchill is -35F. Being outside for short periods is just fine- most dogs do it! However, when you're like me and take forever and a day to do my business, my paws start to sting. It's important to remember that dog paws can crack, get dry, get cold and sting- much like they can burn from really hot pavement!
What have we done to alleviate all this pain? (
Going out to potty quickly) Momma got a pair of some dog booties. There's an online store that we bought them from where they make them way up north in Minnesota, and they use them for sled dogs. They were very cost-effective, and are definitely worth the money- they're so durable! And....you can pick the colors, quantity, material, everything! We love them. Now, instead of licking my paws in chilly-ness when I go outside to do my business, I (look like a crazy bouncy antelope) go about my business, come inside, and my paws aren't stingy and frozen.
|Mom has been putting the booties on me since I was a wee pup- that way, I'm not so opposed to wearing them- I'm used to it!|
Does it ever get this flippin' freezing where you live? What do you do to keep your paws (or your buddy's paws) healthy in this crazy weather? I'd love to know so that my paws can be in tip-top shape, too! We got our fantastic booties from dogbooties.com .