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Mischief Monday-On or off-leashed?

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TeKeela’s gentle reminder that dogs should be leashed at all times.

Black & White Sunday

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Bear Valley, Anchorage, Alaska (April 19,2013)

 

This weekend the snowieners hiked more than 10 miles. They enjoyed sunny days and great views. Some grass patches are starting to show up. They sniffed them at every opportunity.

Snow Dog

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Sad puppy eyes, but so happy when breaking trail!

One of our long haired dachshunds got covered in ice balls over the weekend.

They normally get them in their paws. They get so hard, that it makes it uncomfortable to walk. I can tell either of them is getting one as they start slowing down. I am constantly checking their paws and removing the snow balls from their toes, as these could cause their toes to bleed.

As the snow attaches to the long hair, it melts with their body heat and then it forms ice balls. These ice clusters keep getting larger and larger.

We have been getting heavy wet snow for the past 24+ hours and that didn’t stop us walking the dogs. This type of snow made the snow/ice ball even worse for TeKeela. She got them in between her paws, in her legs and chest, even though she was wearing a coat covering her chest. We constantly had to check her paws and removed the ice balls, but the ones on her chest were more difficult to remove. They kept growing and growing and she was a complete snow ball!

For some reason, it is only her. Bailey will get a small ice ball in his paws from time to time, but nothing like my little girl.

Does your pet get snow/ice balls in their chest? If so, how do you prevent them from forming?

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Fast and furious – Tekeela snow ball free.

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I’m getting heavier, but I will still beat you, Bailey!

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Bailey running down the tire tracks after ~9″ of fresh snow

Perfect fit

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Finding a coat/sweater that fits the short and long can be a challenging task. We do not have any dachshund dedicated retailers here in town. Even though there are some online stores, I would like to be able to try the coat on the pups before spending $50+ dollars in a non-refundable dog item!

So I decided to put my handcrafting skills to use and started making my own dog coats. After several tries I had managed to make one or two that are functional and not too bad looking. The most important thing, T&B are now ready to play in the snow and last longer in the freezing temperatures we have been experiencing lately.

 

Early design: Easy to put on/ take off

ImageFleece turtle necks:

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Full cover up: To protect their chest

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This is the newest design with home made quilted fabric. Fleece in the inside, water resistant fabric on the outside to protect from snow/water, light weighted polyester batting in the inside.

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