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Those of us who’ve been pet parents for a while can probably agree on certain undeniable truths.  It’s true, for example, that dogs are very close cousins to wolves.  It’s true that canine paws are thicker and tougher than our own human feet.  It’s also true that there are some individuals who may wrinkle their noses and argue insistently that they’re reluctant to walk a dog wearing any type of “bootie.”cold_feet

But here are some other truths to consider: It’s true that if the weather gets cold enough, our pets are extremely vulnerable to frostbite.  It’s true that snow and ice (and sun-baked pavement, dirt trails, and sand in the summer) can cause burns, cracks, cuts and even bleeding abrasions on the underside of a dog’s paws and in between pads.  It’s also true that salt and ice-melting agents are both jagged and corrosive – they can hurt and irritate unprotected paws, and aggravate any raw areas caused by extreme temperatures.

While smaller dogs and ultra-lean hound breeds have an especially difficult time maintaining body temperature during frigid winter weather, all dogs are susceptible to paw irritation.  Did you know that even sled dogs – cold-loving Arctic breeds like Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, and Samoyeds – often wear protective boots? It is because like all dogs, they perspire from their paws.  This moisture accumulation can cause little ice clumps to form high up between each paw pad.  So even if there are no cuts or other abrasions, these chunks of trapped ice can cause extreme discomfort.

muttluks-fleece-lined-boots-purple-1When the temps really start to fall and we need to protect our own pups’ paws, we like Fleece Lined Muttluks Dog Boots. Muttluks, since 1994 have been designed and made in Canada (you know they know about the cold!).  They are not just fancy footwear for your canine, they provide superior performance and “Pawsitive Relief” for your four-legged companion.  Available in several sizes and colors the Fleece Lined Muttluks feature warm and cozy fleece interior ideal for winter protection.

 

 

They also have:

  • Self-tightening straps to provide a secure fit
  • Reflective straps for nighttime visibility
  • Genuine leather soles for a soft flexible fit
  • Comfortable adjustable stretchy leg cuff
  • Machine washable
  • Distinctive, reusable cloth mesh packaging that can be used for storing and washingHdoggers_on_legs_white_back_low_res

If you are new to trying boots on your dog…for the first several minutes after you put any type of footwear on them for the first time, you’re likely to see what many of us call the “duck-foot dance.” This is because – understandably – any type of foot enclosure changes your dog’s normal sensory perception of the ground.  It will take a bit for your pup to get used to this new sensation – and just like our own shoes, dog boots require a break-in period to ensure a comfortable fit.  Most pet parents report that after this initial breaking-in period, their dogs can wear the boots for quick walks, extended runs, even up to several hours (if necessary) without any trouble.

If you bring your pup into any Two Bostons store, one of our specially trained team members will be more than happy to assist you in finding the best fit for your dog.  If you cannot bring your dog with you, put his paw on a piece of paper, trace around it, and bring in the tracing.

If you live in a climate like Chicago, where the temps can get super-cold and sidewalks quickly fill up with snow and ice, consider Fleece Lined Muttluks Boots to help protect sensitive pooch paws.  In the long run – or even the short walk – your pup will thank you!

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Most of us love warmer weather … but most of us don’t love the dirt, mud, moisture, and debris that tends to make its way into our homes when pets spend extra time outdoors. In our past several posts, we’ve discussed some convenient and cleverly-designed products that can help keep floors and furniture spotless. Today, I’d like to tell you about PawZ natural rubber dog boots.

Some people (my husband) aren’t huge fans of dog boots, because some people (my husband) don’t enjoy getting them on and off the dog’s paw. Other people fear that a boot will interfere with their pup’s ability to sense the ground. The nice thing about PawZ is that they’re specifically made to be disposable, so they’re extremely thin. This means most dogs get used to wearing PawZ very quickly –even dogs who may refuse to wear other boots.

 

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PawZ are extremely thin and quick to put on. They allow your furry friend to feel the ground easily, so most dogs will readily accept them. An affordable way to keep mud, water, and corrosive chemicals at bay in ANY season!

 

PawZ are made of natural rubber so they’re disposable, reusable, waterproof, and completely biodegradable. In addition to mud and water, they also protect against corrosive liquids, ice, salt, lawn chemicals, sand, and hot pavement. They’re almost like little balloons, without any zippers, snaps, or straps. They simply stretch right over each paw, very quickly and easily. There’s also no inner padding or tread, so you dog retains that critical security of feeling the ground. Like a tiny sock, each flexible Pawz boot allows full range of motion for maximum comfort. PawZ come 12 to a package, and each boot may be worn several times. If a boot tears, simply grab another.

PawZ are a functional, affordable, effective way to keep your pup’s paws clean and dry in virtually any season. Anyone on the Two Bostons team is always happy to help you select just the right size — PawZ come in sizes ranging from XXXS to XL, and they’re color-coded by size. Recently, they also became available in black. Keep in mind that dogs sweat through their paws, so it’s always smart to remove PawZ after walks or playtime, during rest, or whenever your pet is unsupervised. Stop by today, and we’ll gladly share more tips, suggestions, and insights!

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Those of us who’ve been pet parents for a while can probably agree on certain undeniable truths. It’s true, for example, that dogs are very close cousins to wolves. It’s true that canine paws are thicker and tougher than our own human feet. It’s also true that there are a few individuals – say, certain adult males of the husband, boyfriend, or adolescent son variety – who might wrinkle their noses and argue insistently that they’re reluctant to walk a dog wearing any type of “bootie.”

But here are some other compelling truths to consider: It’s true that if the weather gets cold enough, pets are extremely vulnerable to frostbite. It’s true that snow and ice (not to mention sun-baked pavement, dirt trails, and/or sand in the summer) can cause burns, cracks, cuts, even bleeding abrasions on the underside of a dog’s paws and in between the pads. It’s also true that salt and ice-melting agents are both jagged and corrosive – they can hurt and irritate unprotected paws, and aggravate any raw areas caused by extreme temperatures.

While smaller dogs and ultra-lean hound breeds like Whippets, Salukis, and Greyhounds have an especially difficult time maintaining body temperature during frigid winter weather, all dogs are susceptible to paw irritation. Did you know that even sled dogs – cold-loving Arctic breeds like Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, and Samoyeds – often wear protective boots? That’s because like all dogs, these breeds perspire from their paws. This moisture accumulation can cause little ice clumps to form high up between each paw pad. So even in the absence of cuts or other abrasions, these chunks of trapped ice can cause extreme discomfort.

When the temps really start to fall and we need to protect our own pups’ paws, we like Grip Trex boots by Ruffwear. They’re durable, washable, and when properly sized they offer a snug and comfy fit. That’s because as each boot is made, the material is shaped right around an anatomical paw-shaped mold while it’s sewn together. Grip Trex boots have ultra-durable, all-terrain, non-marking Vibram® lug soles that can withstand salt and very extreme conditions. I wasn’t surprised to learn, for example, that first responders used these boots on K-9 search and rescue teams during the California wildfires to protect against hot embers on the ground. We’ve found that the boots provide equally strong traction and protection in snowy, icy weather as well. Even better, if you happen to lose or damage a boot, you can simply order a single replacement boot (instead of a whole set). The boots are available in the colors Red Currant and Black/Granite.

Grip Trex Boots

Grip Trex boots feature sturdy lug soles and reflective, breathable mesh uppers that are anatomically designed. They also have an adjustable closure strap that really helps ensure a comfortable, customized fit in a range of weather conditions.

 

When sizing the Grip Trex boot, it’s generally best to look at the width of your dog’s paw and compare it to the boot. If you bring your pup into any Two Bostons store, one of our specially trained team members will be more than happy to assist you. It’s best to bring your dog along, but if that’s not possible you can put his/her paw on a piece of paper, trace around it, and bring in the tracing.

For the first several minutes after you’ve placed any type of footwear on your dog for the very first time, you’re likely to see what many of us call the “duck-foot dance.” This is because – understandably – any type of foot enclosure changes your dog’s normal sensory perception of the ground. It will take a bit for your pup to get used to this new sensation – and just like our own human shoes, dog boots require a break-in period to ensure a comfortable fit. Most pet parents report that after this initial breaking-in period, their dogs can wear the boots for quick walks, extended runs, even up to several hours (if necessary) without any trouble. For pets with extra paw sensitivity or long dew claws, there are also boot liners available that provide an extra-soft, wicking layer.

If you live in a climate like Chicago where the temps can get super-cold and sidewalks quickly fill up with snow and ice, consider Grip Trex boots to help protect sensitive pooch paws. In the long run – or even the short walk around the block – your pup will definitely thank you. And a warm, protected, comfortable pup makes the whole family happy.