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Teddy Loves: Muddy Paws and Dog Clothes

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While muddy paws and dog clothes are part of our daily routine in London right now, things are looking particularly picturesque on my doggy Instagram feed. I’ve watched a beautiful German Wirehaired Pointer walking frosty wooded trails in Canada @wagwagandwagmore. I’ve seen a Beagle dramatically reflected on the ice as she pulls a skater along in Sweden @sickanthebeagle and the skies on the @chocolat0324 feed from Japan always look blue, the days crisp, and the featured Mini Schnauzer always, but always, looks impeccably groomed. There’s a Vizsla in Australia @ben757 who runs proud and statuesque on endless beautiful beaches. And as New Zealand revs up for summer, the Airedale on @blogmollydog bounds about in lush greenery and here’s my point: I’m suffering severe weather envy, because in London right now, Teddy is mainly mired in mud. Even in Scotland, where some fairly unrelenting grey skies loom, my friend @theworldaccordingtoharris has some enviably low temperatures to firm things up and ensure his Dachshund belly doesn’t get entirely bogged down.
Teddy, a fairly stoic Mini Schnauzer, is unconcerned by the sludgy stuff, but me? I’m tired of the squelching, the slipping, the unrelenting brown-ness of it, but mainly I’m tired of clearing it up.
If you don’t want to bath a dog twice daily (the time, the effort, Teddy’s skin and Teddy’s psyche won’t allow it) and you don’t want the whiff of eau-de-dank-dog or small piles of mud dust about the place, what do you do?
Well, there’s always a bespoke Dog Cottage. This is the ultimate outdoor kennel, complete with heating, shingled roof and your choice of tasteful, Farrow & Ball paintwork. Pop your dog in here to dry off and they’ll not be wiping themselves off on your soft furnishings; you’ll have no mud-smeared skirtingboards or pawprints sullying your home. Since I like my dog in my house, not outdoors, this one’s not for me but I’m sure someone might like one (if not for their pup, perhaps for their children?).
Our groomer gave us the most practical way to stop the trail of mud indoors: she keeps Teddy’s paws trimmed and fluffy furnishings clipped back (a Yorkie I know has her underbelly shaved for the same reason).
A friend offered another suggestion: keep a towel and a supply of dog wipes and treats by your front door. When you come in, have your dog linger on a moisture-trapping doormat and work on that sit/stay command while wiping clean the paws, undercarriage, etc.
If you need to drive home, post-walk, with a mucky dog, a Dry Dog Bag might be worth a try. It zips around the dog, allowing them to dry off and shed dirt neatly within the bag, minimizing the muck left in your car.
Then of course, there’s the all-in-one dog coat: the canine onesie. Teddy hated his at first (see Teddy’s Tales: A Schnauzer Spooked) but as you can see from the picture above, he’s getting used to his dog clothes – needs must.
I’ll be adding the sit/stay/wipe-down to my current mud-avoidance tactics which include a dog onesie, a regularly shake out of the sheepskin rug that Teddy goes to sleep on after his walk (excellent because it gathers and traps the mud dust while he dries out in comfort), and a liberal spritzing of Cire Trudon Sancti Room Spray around the dog bed area. (The smell of incense hanging in the air puts any hint of dank dog firmly in the background.)
I read some advice somewhere about rubbing a damp dog with a scented tumble dryer sheet. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!

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