Archive for February 2014

Plenty Warm for Winter Walks, But Protect Those Paw Pads!

February 15, 2014

Greetings Readers…I’m temped to rename this blog “Cookie of Klondike” based on the weather here this winter…and yes, it’s snowing again as I write this.  Walking our friend Cookie has been an increasingly bigger challenge lately…

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The multiple, uneven layers of snow and ice on the streets of our hilly town have led to us humans walking more like penguins than people on our chilly walks.   Cookie requires a good, 45-minute walk in the early morning, and it takes being bundled up like an Eskimo plus a steaming cup of coffee to sip for me to get through these morning hikes.  But, with her double coat, and the research I’m just about to share with you, I no longer worry about her getting doggie frostbite.   

Our friend Carrol, Mama of Sunshine, Cookie’s Golden Retriever pal, shared some recent information with us that appeared in Time Magazine’s online hub.  In addition to having high amounts of freeze-resistant connective tissue and fat in the pads of their paws, dogs also have an amazingly intricate and effective network of veins and arteries that keep them warm in very cold temperatures.  An extra-fast and efficient circulatory system warms the blood of dogs rapidly, keeping their overall body temperature steady in extreme cold conditions.  Similar circulatory networks have been found in penguins’ extremities, arctic foxes and even dolphins’ fins.  Who knew?  Since reading this, I’ve left Cookie’s parka on the closet hook – no need!

But there remains another walking risk to our dogs in this extreme weather: caustic rock salt, burning the pads of our puppies feet, causing whimpers of pain.  So once again, I am spreading the word about what a great product Musher’s wax is…

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Look for it online or at a speciality pet store near you…a waxy barrier that doesn’t have a strong odor, doesn’t get all over your floors, and creates a great barrier between your dog’s foot pads and all the rough stuff on the ground.  Cookie is a devotee!  

So enjoy those winter walks with your dog, but watch your step, both of you!  Warm & fuzzies, Diana  

 

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Chowhound (and cat)

February 3, 2014

Cookie here!  Lately there’s been a lot of “brrrrrr” and not enough blogging here in Katonah…sorry for the long break between posts, but Diana says her fingers have just been too frozen.   Believe it or not, yesterday all the snow had melted and then today, another storm.  I find my people are just less playful in this weather.  Hello?  Jolly ball anyone?  Anyone?

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All this cold is driving everyone in the house to want to eat things they shouldn’t…

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This was Atticus’ pizza…until I found it.  Sorry buddy, I just couldn’t help myself.  But I’m not the only one in this house who’s not eating right…look!

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Cat’s in the dog food!  MY dog food!  Ugh…cat germs!!!  It’s those Stella-n-Chewies meat patties – she loves them too.

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Luckily I hide my bones deep in the snow, where S’more will never find them…shhh, don’t tell her!

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While you’ve got the snow, you might as well play in it.  Look, no leash!  Oh the freedom…

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By dinner I’m just starved.  Any pizza left Atticus?  Eating dinner lying down is just the only way for me.

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Now I’m ready for bed!  And for sweet dreams of all the goodies I’ll gobble tomorrow…

Woofs, and stay warm!  Cookie