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Those furry legs....there must be a better way

Hi everyone - as you may know I've been struggling to figure out how best to deal with the elements - fall leaves, rain, and soon snow - for Kipling. The other day we bought him his coat and some mutluks. I have since returned the mutluks because they are so impossible to get on. I know some of you have had success. I have not. I also did not find the pawz easy to deal with. So...here's my question - is there such a thing as a sleeve, or legging only? I'm thinking something that slips onto the leg to protect the fur from having leaves etc. stuck all over it?? Any advice? My goal is practicality so that we don't have to go through a rigorous foot bath after every outing. His coat on the other hand was great today - kept his body nice and dry in the rain. Head, legs and feet...well...another story...

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The all season muttluks (yellow in color and non insulated) are actually quite a bit easier to put on than the winter ones. Since there is no thick insulative material, it's easier to put on, but still not as simple as you may like. The rubber booties which are disposable are probably the easiest to get on. They are avaliable at most Pet Values and Globals.

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That sounds like a great idea and possibly easy to make. I think all you'd need is a fabric with some lycra in it and a simple seam, or an open piece of fabric (rectangular, the length of the leg) and some velcro to close it. Hmmm, I have to buy fabric for the quilt project anyway. I think I'll look into it.

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I googled dog leg warmers and did come up with some....posh ones for fashion only - not interested and then some others. This could be an awesome little biz idea...fun fabrics....sassy legs? What do you think? Since I can't sew it's not as easy as it sounds for me....but it sounds like you can!

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I'm going to look for fabric and give it a try. The trick will be keeping them up and not letting the dogs pull them off (without matting their legs too much). Very interesting!

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I highly recommend a whole suit, with all 4 legs covered. That would be the best way to make sure the legs are covered. I doubt leg warmers would stay on!




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I highly recommend a whole suit, with all 4 legs covered. That would be the best way to make sure the legs are covered. I doubt leg warmers would stay on!
OK...silly question - how do they potty in a whole suit?
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there's a belly hole and a bumm opening. Whole suits can be tough to get on too... check out the "snowsuits" thread for all the options out there.

http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....ight=snowsuits

Also, want to add that I'm not sure of it gets easier or you just get more easy going about having dirt in your house... but we have found it easier than it used to be to just wipe off their feet. For us anyway, it is easier than putting on a suit everytime they go out. (but maybe I just haven't found the right suit yet !)




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I bought microfiber dish towels and they're great! They absorb lots of water and the leaves, pine straw, etc. sticks to it. They still drag in some stuff but not nearly as bad. As we come in the porch I say, "Wipe paws!" and they all stand and wait to come in the house.

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I bought microfiber dish towels and they're great! They absorb lots of water and the leaves, pine straw, etc. sticks to it. They still drag in some stuff but not nearly as bad. As we come in the porch I say, "Wipe paws!" and they all stand and wait to come in the house.
Oh that sounds so cute! I can just see all their little faces waiting to be wiped.

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