|Sockin the rocks.|
As I started thinking about hardwood floors, I began to wonder if there were any products out there that help dogs to walk on slippery surfaces -- surely Elli wasn't the only dog struggling with this. I researched it and found Woodrow Wear's Power Paws Doggy Traction Socks. They have a paw print of non-slip material on one side of each sock, to allow dogs ample traction when walking on the floors. They were created for older dogs with arthritis or hip dysplasia who can't get up from laying down because the floor is so slippery beneath their feet, but, as Elli is an example of: older dogs aren't the only ones that struggle with this. They are quite spendy; $20 for four measly socks, plus shipping, but the clearance ones are 50% off! And come in all the same sizes. So who cares if Elli's new socks are lime green with fat bunnies on them? She can walk and run without sliding everywhere!
printable size chart, which I highly recommend instead of basing your doggy's size on breed standard weight, or your intuition. Elli's feet are, according to the size chart, an XL -- that of a Shepherd, a Rottie or a Basset Hound, but Elli will never be the size or weight (95-130lbs) of any of those breeds!
The socks fit her paws perfectly... however, since her ankles aren't the size of a Shepherd's, Rottie's or Basset's, they slide off quite easily. I was happy to pin the socks tighter around her ankles so they don't slide off. And Elli was happy to wear them!! I was sincerely expecting her to bite and claw at the socks, especially after I tightened them, but she accepted them wholeheartedly -- I was also giving her cookies for not touching the socks, so that may have something to do with her good behavior... ;)
They can be used outdoors as well, but will likely wear down quicker than if they are just indoor apparel.
|Even though it's pretty blurry, I really like this picture.|
As for Elli's injury, she's not limping half as much as she was last week. She's definitely getting better but I plan to keep her pretty immobile for a few more days. No injury can bring her down though -- she's still as happy-go-lucky as they come. We played tag today in the yard after work, only for a little while though, until she crashed into a very large fern and gave up, haha.