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All those amazing greyhounds (and one German Shepherd) over at Houndstooth wanted to know, “Do you ever have to do anything to protect their feet in the winter? Also, how many times have they taken you down during those Siberian Wrestling Games?”
For normal snow hiking and walking, we do not need anything on our paws. Siberian Huskies have a very compact paw that is well designed for walking in snow. For longer distances, in icy weather or for walking on roads that have been treated against the frozen weather, we sometimes wear cordura booties.
Miss Kiska, however, has a unique challenge. We Sibes have these thick coats that repel ice and water. Kiska, however, has a wooly coat which works like velcro for picking up snow and creating those very painful ice balls. The solution is very simple – her paws, legs and belly are all sprayed with any good non-stick cooking spray like Pam. Yep, you read that correctly. It works wonders in preventing ice and snow from clinging to her paws and fur.
The only problem we ever had with that is when we accidentally grabbed the butter flavored Pam and sprayed her down. The rest of The Herd spent as much time as possible licking her.
Now that you know that (and are probably laughing so hard you can’t see straight), you really don’t care that we have knocked the hu-dad down about eleventy-seven bazillion times in the snow. Knocking him down is half the fun. The Siberian pile on top of him is the other half.
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