Friday, December 3, 2010

Fox in Sox? No, Dog in Sox!

Socks for dogs? Really?
Well, before you scoff, there are some practical reasons a pet parent might want to purchase canine socks for their pet. The kind folks at Woodrow Wear even provided Kelly a pair (well, two pairs!) of Power Paws™ to "test drive." Her review is below. But first, here's some info from Power Paws:

* Originally developed for dogs with hip dysplasia in mind, Power Paws™ have become the answer to everything from doggie allergies to injured paws.

* According to the company's press release, as dogs age, their movement may become restricted by aching bones. A pair of Power Paws on your dog’s back paws may be enough to gain traction and confidence he needs to walk on slippery floors.

* Power Paws give dogs with hip dysplasia and arthritis the power to stand, the power to go and the power to stop.

* Going outdoors? Protect your pup in “rocky” situations. Worn outside, Power Paws are just as effective as indoors. Hot pavements, salty sidewalks and rough terrain are a walk in the park with Power Paws.

* Power Paws function as an allergen blocker, keeping pollen off your puppy’s paws and preventing him from bringing the outdoors in.

* In some cases, veterinarians use Power Paws as an alternative to large, bulky e-collars. When wearing Power Paws, most dogs will leave their injured paws alone, helpful for a speedy recovery.

*Power Paws are the creation of Lorraine Walston, an avid animal lover and parent of Woodrow, an affectionate Rottweiler who developed hip dysplasia at age 14. Lorraine was initially inspired to stitch together a pair of socks after she despaired of finding more comfortable options than canine “army boots” to provide mobility and traction for Woodrow indoors. In honor of her beloved pet, she named the company Woodrow Wear. Socks are available in eight sizes to assure a proper fit for all dogs from 6-pound Chihuahuas to 240-pound St. Bernards. For more information or to find a retailer near you, visit http://Woodrowwear.com.

** Now, what about Kelly? When the socks arrived, they looked very well-made. The packaging also explained the many uses. When I pulled the socks over Kelly's paws, however, she looked a bit worried. But the funny part was when she stood up to walk on them--she lifted each paw high off the ground and walked as if she had just stepped in something sticky! I guess it would take some dogs a little time to get used to feeling something on their paws. But Kelly wasn't going to give it much time. She promptly laid down and tugged each sock off her paws. So, while I think that Power Paws is a cool idea, and great for the right dog, Kelly wasn't convinced.


***Since Kelly wouldn't keep these socks on her feet, I'm giving them away to someone who thinks their dog might benefit. Maybe you have a senior dog with traction problems, or a dog with hip dysplasia who could really enjoy Power Paws. Please leave me a comment if you are interested, and I will mail to the first person who responds with their contact information. These are size Medium (45-75 lb dog).
If you have a dog who might benefit from these socks, please leave a comment.
What do you think--in what instances would your dog wear Power Paws? Does he have trouble with slippery floors? Would she wear them outside? Has your dog tried them before?

14 comments:

Gloria said...

No way will billy wear anything on his feet! What a nice idea though! I would think they should be started from puppyhood, in order to be acceptable by the wearer.

Team Beaglebratz said...

From the mom - I seriously doubt that my two would leave them on - besides, the only bare floor here is the kitchen which isn't slippery much at all, rest of the house is carpet (which I hate). They are a good idea tho - love the hearts on them - I wouldn't mind having some socks with hearts but don't think those would fit (he-he)
Kim

Priscilla said...

Thanks for the info. I'm considering the socks now as Eva has weak hind legs.

Peggy Frezon said...

@Priscilla Are you in the US? If the socks are Eva's size, would you like me to send them? (Even if you aren't in the US, they aren't very heavy so I could probably still mail them to you!)

K9friend said...

I will suggest these to my son who has a Cairn terrier with terrible spring allergies to grass, etc. Of course the problem will be that he's a Cairn terrier and will chew up the socks at his earliest opportunity!

Pat
www.critteralley.blogspot.com

jen said...

These sound great, but as I was reading I was thinking my dogs would never keep these on their feet, they would pull them off just like Kelly did. I wonder if they have any suggestions on how to keep them on your dog.
I like fact that that help guard against allergens.

Jan said...

I thought those were silly until a few months ago when one of my dogs had a problem getting up when she was on hardwood or tile floors. It took her a while to see that they solved her problem without my having to stop and lift her up.

Frankie Furter said...

I think this was an excellent post. Very informative. I am sure that there will be some dogs who will really benefit from knowing about these socks.

Mary Haight said...

Hey - I recognize those:) I did an interview with the founder at the H H Backer Christmas show for my blog back in October and thought this was a great example of someone who had an idea and wouldn't let go of it or dismiss it. It took Lorraine Watson over a year to find someone who would manufacture these socks to her specifications so they would stay up on the leg. Persistence!


What a great idea for wood floors, slippery kitchen floors, you can even wear them outdoors in snow and ice (of course there warrenty disappears...) Thanks Peggy! This is one of those great products everyone should keep in mind!

Amy said...

Kelly looks so cute in sox! I'm sure neither Ty nor Buster would leave them on.

Benny and Lily said...

We love doggy socks but they sure would look better on momma. Or better yet, we love stealing moms and hiding them
Benny & Lily

Peggy Frezon said...

@Jen I can just see your big boys in socks!!

Karen Friesecke said...

While these socks are great in theory, they really just look like very expensive chew toys. But Kelly does look very cute wearing them :)

Marg said...

Those socks look like a super idea. I do have a dog here that has hip dysplasia but our house has carpet in it which I also hate, so she probably wouldn't need them. And I feel like she would take them right off. But thanks for the info and the nice offer. Take care and have a nice week end.

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