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Old 12-13-2012, 06:15 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Just an update on the dog booties I ordered. They are not going to work for Lexi. They are way too stiff, they don't come up as high as I wanted and she won't walk in them. They worked like a charm for our toy.
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Ok, so I decided to try these again. They don't come up as high as I want, but she has some sore spots on her feet that are healing, there is salt on the sidewalk and she needs her feet to be protected when she is outside right now. Dh Velcro'ed them up and off she went romping like crazy in the snow. Once outside she didn't pay them any attention, in the house she walks like a cat in them. She came back in with only three booties. Dh couldn't find them anywhere. It is a red bootie in the white snow. This is a man who did search and resuce in the Gulf of Mexico, and several other bodies of water, who went out with being told not much more that there was someone who left at a certain boat dock and were lost in the Gulf and he would find them. I found it when I came home for lunch. Needless to say, I gave him a bit of good natured grief. I put them on her last night, made sure they were good and tight and off she romped like a crazy dog in the snow........and came back in with three booties. Grrrr! I found it staight away. Same thing this morning. What the heck are we not doing? It is dog booties with some crazy strong Velcro, not rocket science. I need to pay attention if it is coming off the same foot or not.
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dogbooties.com are the ones I have, too. They are nice, and inexpensive.
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I had Cali clipped to 1/2" all over last time. I did it because life has been really crazy around here lately and I thought it'd save me time on brushing and combing. A nice side effect is that the snowballs aren't too big! I shovel a path around my backyard for her and shovel off the deck, so she doesn't get many snowballs when she's out there.

She does get quite a few snowballs when she goes for her walk though because she runs and jumps into and over all the drifts. With her hair this short, I find all I have to do is take a small towel and kind of knock them off. By the time I get to the last leg, they've pretty much melted off it.

I use little rubber boots on her called Pawz Dog Boots It takes a bit of practice to get them on, but once on, they do not come off! They do a great job of protecting her feet from the salt and from ice balls building up in her paws.

Unfortunately, they are color-coded per size and the size that fits Cali is neon orange.....they kind of clash with her coat but dogs are color blind so she doesn't know.

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Nope, that's what happens to poodles in the snow! Callie is 2 and she LOVES the snow! Unless I keep her on a short leash and walk her where it is shoveled, she heads for the yard and "porpoises" all around in circles in the deepest snow she can find. It gets inside her coat and her legs grow little snowballs. When she is finished playing, I bring her in and towel her a little, then take the hair dryer to her legs and chest. I don't let her play for very long, so she doesn't get overtired or too cold, as she doesn't seem to feel the cold. I have to be the mommy for her. If the snowballs are really big, I put her in the kitchen sink and use the sprayer with warm water to melt them, then use the hair dryer. Just be sure Casey is completely dry before he goes to bed or you take him out again.
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I love that coat. Where did you get it? I'm having a hard time finding something that fits right. I've tried several different kinds. Callie is a perfectly proportioned 14 x 14 and for most coats a medium is too short in the back, and the large is too big. I end up trying to take the darn things apart and altering them so they give her better cover.
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I love that coat. Where did you get it?
It's made by a Canadian company called Bluemax. I live in Ontario, so I bought it at a local pet shop. I just looked at the Bluemax website Bluemax Dog Accessories and noticed that they sell them through Amazon in the US. I did a search on "bluemax dog coats" in Pet Supplies and found them. They're all there but every single one is listed as being out of stock. It looks like you can contact Bluemax and order from them directly so maybe if you see something you like on Amazon, you could do that.

I like this coat because it fits like a little horse blanket. I find a lot of dog coats pop up at the back when the dog sniffs at the ground. With the straps crossing under the belly on this coat, it stays in place much better. My Cali's coat is an XS. It is 12.5" from the base of the neck to the tail. Cali is 13" so it is a tad short but the next size up, Small, was 14" and just looked a little too big on her. It may work for your Callie though.
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