While many countries around the world are starting to see sunshine and blooming trees, for us, winter is still very much here and it doesn't seem like its going away anytime soon. With temperatures still dipping way below zero, many areas like Boston, USA and oddly BC, Canada are getting hit with heavy snow storms. British Colombia has actually broken records with amount of snow fall they've been getting the past few days. On the contrary, not so much snow this year for us in Toronto. That doesn't mean it isn't cold! its actually -20C cold (with wind chill) this week BURR!!
With winter comes many challenges, well its damn freezing cold to start with. The road conditions go south, traffic builds up, your 10 minute commute is now at least 30 mins if not longer. Its frustrating, and dogs come with their own set of winter challenges. Long haired dogs like Dahliah get snow balls stuck on their fur. Other dogs like Zoey, have super sensitive paws and within minutes the combination of salt, snow, and cold stops them from finishing up your morning walk and before you know it you're carrying a 30 pound dog back home. As if everything isn't enough you now have a back ache. I've even heard of some dogs having their paw pads get ripped, OUCH!
Well today, we're going to talk about some hacks that you can use for the rest of winter! Hopefully, thats not too long. So, lets get started!
1) Protect your pups paws with a DIY wax mix or you can buy some for cheap from Amazon (we use Strong Paws) . You can mix beeswax, coconut oil, some lavender essential oil, avocado oil and place in an ice tray or any container you want and place in the freezer. The wax protects their paws from both heat and cold and helps prevent the snow from sticking to them. It's essentially lip balm but for their paws.