Black & White Sunday 14: Snow Faces

Moses

Moses

Alma

Alma

Mo & Al

Mo & Al

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Wordless Wednesday 24: Welcome Winter

As if on cue, we flipped the calendars to November, and the snow promptly arrived.

No complaints from Moses

No complaints from Moses

Moses romped in the snow like a younger dog

Moses romped in the snow like a younger dog

The leaves have been gone for a while, so it's nice to have snow cover up all that's brown and dead

The leaves have been gone for a while, so it’s nice to have snow cover up all that’s brown and dead

Mo's excited face

Mo’s excited face

In the snow with a raw bone - a Newf's happy place

In the snow with a raw bone – a Newf’s happy place

The last lingering non-residents make haste for warmer climates

The last lingering non-residents make haste for warmer climates

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Ode to Musher’s Secret

Welcome to my very first product promotion!

To those inquiring minds, yes, I am doing this completely without the manufacturer’s notice or consent (but if they want to send me a lifetime supply after the fact, I’d be glad to take it).  Though, I do promise not to make a habit of these, and will save the blog for only exceptional products.

Anyway….

For those fellow dog owners living in generally unsavoury winter climates, I suggest you drop everything and rush right out to buy some Musher’s Secret, if you don’t already have some.

It is, without question, my number one, entirely essential winter product for dogs.

Musher’s Secret, originally produced for sled dogs, is a natural, non-toxic wax that, when applied to your dog’s paws, creates a barrier between their feet and the icy, snowy ground.

My husband and I first learned of this product ourselves last winter when Moses (our Newfoundland) would get balled up ice and snow stuck in between the pads of his feet when snowshoeing – or sometimes even when going on regular daily walks.  Being a hairy dog with webbed paws, the ice balls became a common occurrence, and were obviously painful and uncomfortable for him; he would frequently stop mid-stride to try to chew them out.

Enter Musher’s Secret.

Problem = Solved

Now all we have to do is apply some Musher’s Secret to his paws every couple of days.  The wax creates a barrier between his feet and the ground so now no snow freezes to his feet.  Walks and other winter excursions can now continue without pause.  Our winter-loving dog can now enjoy the snow unencumbered.

The nature of the product also means that it doesn’t leave any residue in the house, so you don’t need to wash it off after use.  In fact, we’ve found that with regular outside activity, applications every other day or so are usually sufficient.  Although, Moses does happen to think it tastes quite delicious, so sometimes more frequent applications are necessary.

But the product isn’t just helpful for long-haired dogs.  We’ve used Musher’s Secret on the paws of short-haired dogs who’ve stayed with us, and the added barrier between their feet and the ground means their feet do not get cold as quickly, and winter walks don’t need to be cut short.  It’s a great alternative to booties that often fall off, or to foregoing walks altogether (never recommended).

In addition, it also protects your dog’s feet from salt and other chemical agents used on the roads and sidewalks this time of year.

And, according to their website, it’s also a popular summer product in warmer climates, protecting your dog’s feet from excessively hot pavement and sand.

Lastly, it’s great bang for your buck: we bought ourselves a 200g tub last winter and still have approximately a third of it left.  I don’t exactly remember what we paid, but I estimate in the $20-25 range.  Whatever it was, it sure was worth it.

So there you have it.  Go buy some Musher’s Secret – there is a retailer list on their website, and lately I have noticed that it is becoming more readily available and carried by more pet stores.

Musher's Secret: Making winter fun easier on Moses