This post is from Ellie, talking about Rara's winter blues and how excited we are that spring is around the corner!
Hello, folks! This weekend, western New York had very spring-like weather. While walking the dog during this all-too-short warm-up, Jon and I realized that our dog, Audrey, has been experiencing the same winter doldrums that we're facing. Beating them has been hard enough for Jon and me. Throw Rara into the mix, and it makes it especially difficult to ensure we're all getting the necessary exercise. Those of you who also have dogs may be experiencing the same problem. Depending on your weather situation, you, like Jon and me, might have to tough it out and get creative until the weather is a little more cooperative.
It's been annoyingly difficult to get Audrey's exercise in lately because of the negative windchill factors over the past few weeks. Regular half-hour walks were a no-go not only because of the copious amounts of rock salt on the sidewalks and streets (which can dry out and damage her paws) but also because it takes longer to tire her out if we're just wandering around, and she just was not up for longer walks in this cold. Our other option was to take her to the park nearby so she could run around at full speed in the snow, but this worked for only a few minutes before snow got jammed in her paws to the point where she was clearly uncomfortable and displeased. Though, pro tip, when we brought her inside on particularly cold and/or salty outings, we washed off her feet with a wet paper towel and then moisturized the pads of her feet with Bag Balm (or you can use Vaseline; thanks, Jade Zora, for the tip!).