Magic is aways traveling to cold destinations. Our friend Grayson plays ice hockey and Magic loves to watch his games. This brings us to places such as Lake Placid, NY where the temperature is in the teens or colder. Once the snow starts to fall and sidewalks get icy, people throw road salt on the ground. While this is helpful to prevent people from falling, salt is painful to dog paws. The salt gets into any cuts or scrapes dogs have on their paws and burns. If you see your dog lifting their paws or refusing to walk, that typically means their paw is burning from the salt. Solution?…protective dog boots!
How do you know that your dog will benefit from wearing protective footwear? Look for any of these five telltale signs:
- Cold Ground – Frosty mornings and cold nights? This might be the most obvious way to know that your pet needs paw protection. If the ground is frozen or snowy, that cold temperature transfers its way up through your dog’s feet and legs to chill their body.
- Road Salts – Use waterproof Pawz Natural Rubber Dog Boots to protect against harsh, stinging road salts on sensitive paws.
- Slippery Ice – It’s never a good idea to take a shortcut across the slippery stuff. But dog sneakers can provide a small measure of stability on an icy surface. Dog sneakers also provide some warmth and paw protection. But be careful out there.
- Cleanliness – Next to godliness, keeping clean is super-important to my parents. I stay as clean as newly washed linen, but my brother Magic likes to bring the outside with him when we return from a walk. Dog boots and sneakers help keep the mud and water outside.
- Staying Dry – No matter the season, keeping your dog’s paws dry is important for their comfort and cleanliness. This video shows the benefits of waterproof dog boots during a summer’s romp by a pond.
Have a photo of your pup in booties or sneakers? We’d love to see it. Post it here, or on our Facebook page.
Stay warm out there.
Phorm Dog Bowl
Cold water, fresh water, water from places I’d rather not mention? There are so many places dogs get their water that it little overwhelming to be sure that water for your most loyal companion is being provided in the best way possible.
But I’ve found that there just a few simple guidelines for keeping a dog’s water fresh, safe, and tasting great.
Change Is Good- How often should the water in a dog’s bowl be changed? There’s no set plan, but twice a day is typical. My brother Magic and I get fresh water before our parents leave for work, and when they come home. This habit of regularly changing our water twice each day helps keep our water fresh.
Cleanliness = Healthfulness – The twice-a-day water change also allows the bowls to be washed. So, Magic and I have day bowls and night bowls, just like we have certain spots we hang out during the day, and others during the night (usually in our parent’s bed). Our stainless steel bowls often go into the dishwasher for a quick clean. There is a sanitize setting for an extra hot clean. But soap and hot water works great to clean a bowl.
Choosing The “Best” Bowl – All of the Puppy Kisses bowls are made from stainless steel or lead-free stoneware. Plastic bowls are a concern because scratches to the plastic can leach chemicals, around which there are several health concerns. Stainless steel is easy to care for, simple to clean, and will not rust. Both stainless steel and stoneware keep the water cold for longer than a simple plastic bowl.
The “Right” Amount Of Water – How much water is right for your dog? Check out this article for a discussion of whether your dog knows what amount is best for them. There’s also an interesting discussion of what kinds of health-related clues you can learn from how much your dog drinks each day
Which ever bowl you choose, or how often you change their water, it’s probably less messy than the way that these dogs dispense their own water as seen this video.
Which bowls do you use?
Magic is tastefully attired.
Let’s savor the possibilities, shall we?
Magic in a tie. Could he be more handsome? Of course I’m biased because Magic’s my brother. But if clothes make the man, then a spiffy power tie may be all a dog needs to get ahead in this world.
Perhaps Magic is headed into the office today? Or maybe he’s readying for a romantic rendezvous? Yep, it’s easy to imagine that Magic is decked out in a proper necktie for a night on the town even though he would probably prefer sleeping to dating.
But Magic seems to enjoy dressing up. He was an angel one year for Halloween (that was a stretch LOL). And let’s not forget the bow tie he sported for Easter. But a necktie makes him seem less like a dandy and more in charge. Of course that doesn’t mean Magic now gets to pilfer food from the kitchen counter. And it doesn’t mean that we’re going to change the dress code here at the office of Puppy Kisses. We’re casual, but neat.
Have a photo of your furry friend dressed up for an occasion? We’d love to see it!