Thursday, June 30, 2016

How To Protect Your Dog's Paws This Summer

   As summer gets into full swing, it is important to remember that your dog’s paws can burn on hot pavement, asphalt, concrete, sand or metal surfaces. All of these can absorb heat from the sun during the day and they won’t cool down for several hours after the sun has gone.
   We took a road trip from the Bayou to Phoenix, Arizona and it was HOT! I won two packages of Pawz® (medium & small) from Wag n Woof’s giveaway a few months ago, so we let the boys get used to wearing them prior to the trip. They took to them right away. Bentley needed the large size so PetSmart gave me two sample pairs. Pawz provided them for everyone at the BlogPaws conference. I was not asked to write about Pawz, but I really love using them and think you might like them too. 
weather forecast with high of 112° in Arizona along with a Coke bottle that says, "its getting hot in her"
The Arizona weather forecast called for hot and hotter temperatures. Even my Coke® knew that it was getting hot in here.
Basset Hound, Westie & M. K. Clinton standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
Bentley and Pierre are all smiles with their paws protected while standing on the corner in a certain small Arizona town. 
Basset Hound and Westie with M. K. Clinton in the Petrified Forest
I wasn’t petrified they would burn their paws at the Petrified Forest. The Pawz are easy to slip on and off. *Pierre does occasionally lose his left rear bootie by "pealing out" when he takes off running.
Basset Hound and Westie with M. K. Clinton at the Grand Canyon
We heard comments from most of the people that we passed at the Grand Canyon. It was a lot of, “What a great idea.” “I didn’t think about their paws getting hot.” “Look, it’s a Basset wearing shoes. Can I pet him?” “Awww, the little Westie is wearing shoes. Can we pet him?” “If that isn’t the cutest thing!”
Basset Hound and Westie with M. K. Clinton at the Grand Canyon
In other words, Pawz are attention getters that serve a greater purpose. We were able to share the importance of paw protection in extreme temperatures to curious travelers.
Basset hound & Westie sitting on huge rock bench with M. K. Clinton at the Grand Canyon
Be sure to take breaks during the heat of the day. Always have fresh water available on your walks. Heatstroke can be deadly for your dog.
Bentley Basset Hound sitting up wearing Pawz Dog Boots
Don’t get burnt this summer. Protect the paws. Check for excessive heat by holding the back of your hand on the street/pavement for 5 seconds. If you can’t do it, the ground is too hot for your dog’s unprotected pads. Use Pawz or your favorite dog bootie to prevent a painful paw injury. Bentley says all of the cool dogs are wearing shoes!
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bath ~ the Other 4-Letter Word

   I recently wrote How to Wash a Dog using Bentley as my model. When you have two dogs that usually means two baths. Bentley is easy to bathe because he loves the process. Pierre on the other paws, not so much. To his credit, he has gotten better about the entire ordeal. Since Bentley and I narrated the last post, I am turning the keyboard over to Pierre for his point of view.
   Pierre: “Greetings everyone. Please be warned that this post will contain a four-letter word that is not mentioned in polite canine culture. I must share the torture that is my B-A-T-H.
Westie getting sprayed with shower spout

   I’ll admit that my first mistake was following “her” into the bathroom. Before I knew what was happening, I was being soaked and there was no escape!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Loving Kathy Ireland's Loved Ones Leash

If there is one thing that the Bayou Boys pride themselves in, it is their debonair style. They insist on the latest fashions and that includes their leashes. This is why they were so excited to receive Kathy Ireland® Loved Ones leads to review. In addition to being a gorgeous cover girl model, Kathy Ireland is a busy mom and savvy businesswoman. Her pet-friendly innovative collections offer a style that reflects Kathy’s love for home, family, and pets.

Friday, June 24, 2016

A Dog-Friendly Visit to the American Rose Center

A lovely walk in the Gardens of the American Rose Center
   On the outskirts of Shreveport, Louisiana you will find the 118-acre Gardens of the American Rose Center. It is the nation’s largest park dedicated to roses. June is National Rose month, so I 'picked' this time to share our local attraction with you.