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It is COLD Outside…actually it is freezing outside!  I was hoping that it was only going to last a few days and then be back into the 30’s for the rest of the winter, but that doesn’t look like it will be the case this year.  Here are some tips to keep your pup safe during the cold weather.

Limit time outside – Even dogs with thick, heavy coats can still feel cold.  Our pets can also get frostbite and hypothermia just like we can. Not even an Arctic sled dog is meant to spend long periods of time outside during the winter. Only take them outside for any length of time if they are going to be active and exercise.

Bundle them up – Small and short haired dogs especially need a little extra help when it is cold out. You may also want to give the puppies and older dogs a little extra warmth because it can be hard for them to control their body heat. If you need a new sweater or coat, look at our warm dog coats on our website or come in and we will help!

Protect their Paws – Your pups paws are very sensitive and in the winter ice, snow, salt, antifreeze and de-icers can be very harmful to your their paws and pads. Make sure you wipe down their paws after coming inside.  You can also get Mushers Secret Paw Protection by Top Dog that creates a wax barrier to protect their paws against particles and harsh temperatures. And you can get dog boots so they can enjoy walks and outdoor fun still in the winter!

Don’t leave them in the car – We know not to leave our pets in the car when it is hot out…same goes for when it is cold too!

Know the Signs – If you see your pet doing any of the following, get them inside right away:

  • Whines or acts anxious
  • Has ice on her body
  • Can’t move or they slow down
  • Won’t stop shivering or is weak
  • Looks for a warm place to burrow

If you see any of these signs of frostbite and hypothermia call your vet right away.

At Two Bostons we have several sweaters, coats, boots, blankets, beds and more to keep your pups warm and cozy during the winter months. Stop in and any of our team members can help you today!

 

 

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.”

But hemuttluks_fleece_lined_dog-boots_red_1re 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.

When the temps really start to fall and we need to protect our own pup’s 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.black_fleece-lined_boots

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 washing

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.muttluks_pawstik

Muttluks also has a Pawstik Balm that will protect against salt, snow and ice. This is an easy stick that you just rub on your pup’s pads. This is perfect for when your pup just wants to go out to go to the bathroom, or maybe it isn’t so cold out anymore, but there are still patches of ice and salt.

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!

 

Guest Blog ImageIn the upcoming months, your pet will be dealing with wet weather conditions. Here are some tips to help keep your pooch comfortable, and looking his best while dealing with our Chicago winter weather!!

Always make sure you are brushing and combing your dogs with the proper tools and if you don’t know what tools to use, ask your pet stylist for advice! If your pet comes in from outside and their coat is wet, make sure to dry them thoroughly before attempting to brush/comb them. Once they are dry, brush thoroughly, and then follow up with a comb to make sure you get any spots you may have missed with the brush.

o-dogs-in-winter-facebookDuring the winter months, snow and ice can get packed into your dog’s paws, which can be extremely painful for them. At the same time, trying to get traction on slippery surfaces is much more difficult when pad hair is overgrown and nails are too long.  Make sure to keep both trimmed all year long, but it’s especially important during the winter months. We recommend trimming pads and nails every 2 to 4 weeks.

Regular grooming is just as essential during the cold months as it is during warmer months. Many owners worry that having a shorter coat will mean that their dog is cold, but it is your dog’s body fat that keeps them warm in this weather. Most pets are “inside dogs”, and are only outside for brief periods of time, therefore are not in need of longer coats to protect them from the elements. Keeping your pet on a regular grooming schedule will help keep them looking and feeling their best all year round!logo-refined-PenTool-webAddress

At The UpScale Tail they are dedicated to giving your pets the best experience possible by building a mutual respect with them through compassion, and by passing their ever expanding knowledge onto pet parents about the overall well-being and behavior of pets.

To learn more about The UpScale Tail visit their website at www.theUpScaleTail.com, call them at 630-632-8245 or email them at info@theupscaletail.com.

 

 

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!

 

Before the weather outside gets to unbearable we want to make sure our pups have what they need to stay warm…Coats!

It is not the easiest thing to buy for our furry friends because they are all different sizes, and shapes.  And they probably won’t sit or stay the best for you as you try on two, four or even five different styles and sizes.   At Two Bostons you can find one of the best-fitting and warmest coats available!

Apache-Coat-Big-DogApache River Coats ranked #1 by Whole Dog Journal for superior design and fit, are made from Polar Fleece 300 – the most insulating variety – then lined and bound with four-way-stretch Lycra Spandex so they hug your pet like a second, streamlined layer of fur.  What is so awesome too is that they are incredibly lightweight and breathable, to avoid overheating.  Apache River Coats are offered in 19 sizes (and 10 colors), and for even the hardest-to-fit hound, you can have them custom-tailored…we can even get your pup’s name embroidered on them!

 

Apache-Coat-Tiny-DogAnother thing that you will love about these coats is that they are a cinch to take on and off.  If you have a skittish or touch-shy breed at home, you know what a huge help this can be.  The special neckline keeps the chest area fully covered, and it prevents the coat from riding down in the snow.  It has rear leg stirrups that hold the coat in place, but you can easily snip these loops off if your runner-and-romper prefers it.

 

These coats are made in the U.S.A. by an company in Arkansas with 25 years of experience in hand-crafting top-of-the-line saddle jackets for championship horses.  In other words, they know a little more than something about keeping your dog cozy-warm and dry during the cold months in Chicago!

Here are 10 reasons to stop in today and try out the Apache River Coats:

  1. Made in the U.S.A.
  2. Super-easy to put on and take off
  3. Made of insulating, stretch, body-hugging materialApache-Coat-three-dogs
  4. Lightweight
  5. Water resistant
  6. Highly breathable without overheating
  7. Fully lined and bound with black Lycra Spandex
  8. Available in custom-fitted sizes
  9. Offered in 19 standard sizes (even Longs!)
  10. 10 great colors

Any of our highly trained Team Members can help you find the perfect fit for your perfect pup any day or time during store hours!  We look forward to keeping your pets warm this winter.

Beckie Schuerenberg is the content coordinator for Two Bostons. She and her family adopted their cat, Maggie, in September.

Beckie Schuerenberg is the content coordinator for Two Bostons. She and her family adopted their cat, Maggie, in September.

Ready or not–winter is coming! By the middle of the week, temperatures aren’t supposed to get out of the 30s. So now is the time to start digging out winter coats and boots–for you and your dog!

After last winter’s polar vortex, it’s important to remember that all the salt and ice on roadways, sidewalks and trails can wreak havoc on dogs’ paws. And even the furriest of pups can freeze when the temperature doesn’t get above 0 for days!

But no matter what kind of winter we are predicted to have this year, Two Bostons is ready with dog coats, boots and other gear to help protect your pups from the upcoming weather. To help keep your pooch’s paws clean, warm and dry, we have a wide selection of boots that they’re sure to love. Our Disposable Balloon Dog Boots by Pawz

works like socks to bend and move along with your dog’s feet. There’s no limiting mobility or awkward irritation with these disposable boots. Plus the Pawz Boots don’t have those thick padding in the bottom so that your dog can instead feel the ground under its feet. Our Pawz boots are available in many sizes and colors to suit any dog!

We also have

various sizes and colors available in boots from Ruff Wear. These boots are built on a anatomical mold and are customized to meet the demanding needs of active dogs. If you want to find out more about the Griptex Dog Boots from Ruff Wear, click here to see a past blog post about these tough boots.

And don’t forget to check out Two Bostons’ other boots and gear to protect your pup’s paws, including

our Pawstik Balm from Muttluks!

Two help keep your pup warm and snuggly all over this winter, Two Bostons also is introducing a new line of winter coats to complement our other cozy and stylish brands. The Duluth Double Fleece coat goldpawfleecefrom Gold Paw is made with two layers of reversible soft, stretchy fleece that’s machine washable so you can keep it fresh no matter how much slush and salt your pup gets into.  These new Double Fleece coats are available in different sizes and reversible colors. It might be difficult to choose between this new product and our most popular coats from Apache 

as well as the other great brands we carry.

 

If you aren’t sure what size, style, or color of boo or coat fits best on your dog, come on in THIS weekend at any of our stores for a free custom fitting!

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