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Hopping around in snow and ice
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26 December 2020 - 3:34 pm
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Hello everyone,

Do you have some tips how I can make it easier for my boy Finnigan to hop around on snowy and icy sidewalks? I live in Saskatchewan, Canada and we have pretty much 5 months of winter. Finnigan is getting his front left leg removed on January 5th and I'd like to be prepared as best as I can. 

Thanks for all your advice,

Sina & Finn

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26 December 2020 - 5:36 pm
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Oh brrrr! It's cold up there!

I was just thinking about writing a blog post for this topic. Here are some previous search results and stay tuned for more feedback from members:

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https://tripawd.....y/#p199289

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30 December 2020 - 2:37 pm
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Thanks for sharing those links with me Jerry. They were very helpful.

Sina & Finn

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Oh I'm so glad. I wish we had some newer feedback from folks in snowy climates. I'm going to make that my next Tripawds Gear blog post to get more tips so stay tuned. Oh and let us know what works for you and Finn!

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I was in the same boat except were on day 8. I was terrified she would fall and slip and she did once and quickly adjusted.  My suggestion I found a towel folded hot dog style under the front part of my dog's body was easiest to assist her in going down the steps in snow and ice and also if she slipped I was there holding her with a towel rather then a sling offering more support and would tell her "slow" and "it's  okay I'm right here" and "wait for mommy" and honestly my rotty took one step at a time like she waited for me to help. I was shocked she literally wanted to gallop through the snow a few days after surgery like nothing happened. She did very well in snow even when it was literally up to her chest. It appeared it was actually easier for her to walk in the snow and she still prefers it. I also put salt down to keep the ice off the steps and walk way as much as possible. Also I shoveled her a path but of course we didn't take that path much! I used a towel as a sling for probably 6 days I think it's a comfort thing for us!! 

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@mlongstreet thank you for sharing your experience handling a new Tripawd in the snow! We hope you will start an new topic so we can learn all about you and your pup!

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Snowy greetings from Razbeg (not sure if the photo shows)!

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Snow hasn't been a problem for us, but naturally one has to be careful with "slippery" snow and ice. I imagine it might be harder for a new tripawd to walk in the snow, at least if there's lots of it, but every dog is different and as @mlongstreet kindly shared, their tripawd actually finds it easier to walk in the snow! In addition, walking in the snow is great exercise and helps your tripawd to build strenght. However, good winter boots might be useful to prevent slipping, and a harness that offers support is important too. Harnesses with handles are good so that you can help your tripawd when needed. Ruffwear Webmaster -harness is one good choice.

Best wishes and fast recovery!

Razbeg the rescue borzoi (born in 11.06.2009) became a tripawd in 20.09.2018.

He and his adopted "brother" Myrsky have their own facebook page:Razbeg & Myrsky

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Razbeg it's so good to see you! Hoppy New Year! You look amazing smiley16 Thank you for the wonderful insight, you're a real pro at that snow and ice thing.

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Thanks for sharing! We will be experiencing our first winter this year, and are waiting for our first snow ❄ 

Going to check out the Ruffwear products for our girl. 😊

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