Saved my pup from bloody snow paws
By Laura Avdey February 23, 2010
Took the dogs on a 9 mile hike this weekend in the Uintas. The 80lb weimaraner can never last more than a few minutes in the snow before his feet get too cold and then he just sits there watching us trek on... Besides the cold, the snow can be abrasive on his pads, causing them to bleed. I ended up getting a size medium after measuring his pads as instructed on the Ruffwear site. They were a perfect fit. I never had any problems with them coming off or being at all loose. It didn't take very long for him to get used to them, either. Tested them a few times at home before the trip, so he knew what he was getting into. He'd walk like a turtle for about a minute before he figured it out.
I also decided to pick up the liners/socks just in case. I thought they were semi-ridiculous but they actually ended up saving the day! The snow was creeping into the shoes and making his feet cold, so he would just sit there as before. I gave the socks a try and we had no problems from there on. The socks kept the snow out of the shoes and his feet dry. I imagine in the summer we will just use the shoes -sans socks.
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