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Finally, a post from our cousins at The Herd Annex – across the valley at the hu-grandmom’s house. Hu-dad visited with the camera, but apparently they feel they are being stalked for different reasons.
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This Week's Thundering Herd Special Features
Weekly thoughts from our Hu-Dad with the latest updates on his writing projects, the books he's reading, and a gratuitous dog photo of us.
What Weather When?
March 26, 2023
How do you dress for a day in the Western North Carolina Mountains? Just answer what weather when? Good luck with that.
Way Back Wednesday
Each week, we reach back into our vault of over 4,700 previous posts and share a favorite. We hope you enjoy this look back.
The Queen and Decorum
Even after a long hike, a Queen must always avoid a fashion faux pas like, say, an out of place tongue. No, the Queen and Decorum are intact.
I cracked up seeing that look out of Ruby’s eyes…that’s priceless!!!
My mum calls those toehawks. She is always raving on about wanting to cut mine but I am not letting her anywhere near me with sharp objects.
Ayla sez: Aarrrroooooooooo, me ‘n Ice hate having our “snowshoes” removed two or three times a year, too. Our “Gramma Deb”, out at Debalys Siberians, where we were born, does ours for us, ‘cuz she’s got all the necessary torture tools — barber scissors, and nail clippers. When (my Dad) Ice first came to live with us, he slipped and fell on the laminate floor in the diningroom, and now, he still won’t walk on it, except as far as he can go and still keep his back feet on the livingroom carpet. I’ve learned enough to stay out of the diningroom, too, as soon as my “snowshoes” need trimming, and that’s how the hu-Mom knows it’s time to visit Gramma Deb.
Don’t know why humans can’t leave our precious paws ALONE!
What, woo don’t like our Yeti feet?
Jack & Moo
Now look what you did! Mom’s looking at my paws and, yes, they need trimming too. Maybe if I give her the evil eye, she’ll go away!
Not the paw trimming! We hate having ours trimmed too, but our humans insist on performing this criminal act on us…The Herd Annex is smart to be monitoring any activities around them.
“And, of course, our experience is those dogs who need paw trimming the most often are exactly the ones with highly sensitive paws who don’t like them being touched.”…..ain’t that the truth.
Oh no, not the paw hair! I’m curious–do you trim it so that they will have better traction on the slippery hardwood floors, or for another reason? I’ve never trimmed either of mine’s paw hair, and I’m wondering if I should be.
Three big reasons:
1) During the winter, ice balls can form around loose hair. So keeping the paw hair trimmed helps to minimize ice balls.
2) Looser hair works like a paint brush with mud. Keeping the paw hair trimmed makes it easier to wipe mud off of the feet.
3) Yes, it is easier to walk on wood floors.
Like anything else, start gently. Lots and lots of holding of paws so that the dog will be comfortable with it. Let him sniff the scissors for a few sessions before even trying to trim. Lay the scissors against the paw, but don’t cut. And, when both of you are ready, trim gently and far from the pad to begin. Much the same as getting a dog used to nail clippers.
And, of course, our experience is those dogs who need paw trimming the most often are exactly the ones with highly sensitive paws who don’t like them being touched.