Admit it: you’ve looked at your grey and compared him to George Lucas’s AT-AT Walker. And you’ve probably seen the commercial with a greyhound dressed up as one. (Note to self: find this costume on eBay). With those lanky long legs, sometimes our greys find themselves struggling to get a foothold on the slippery hardwood floors. Add some age and arthritis to the mix, and it’s a catastrophe waiting to happen.
The first floor of our house, except for the office, is all hardwood. We have throw rugs at the entrances, and a large area rug in the living room. Luna generally does will on the hardwood, except when she’s a bit excited, and wants to prance around (read: chase the family down).
Afraid that she would injure herself, I looked for a solution to reduce her “slippage”, and I found these through the almighty Amazon:
There are two types of Power Paws – those for the standard dog, and those for the greyhound. Greyhounds, as it turns out, have what they call “hare feet” – meaning their two center toes are longer than the two outside toes. As a result, the sock needs to accommodate the longer paw.
The Woodrow Wear site does a pretty good job of walking you through the sizing process, and provides you with a printable sizing chart for your grey to stand on. There is also an 800-number that you can call if you need help. Getting Luna to stand still for the sizing process was a bit of a challenge, but once I patiently explained why I needed her to stand still, she calmly obliged. (Insert incredulous “NOT!”). I also opted for the “reinforced” toe, because I could imagine her claws poking through the socks as she wore them. I took care to pay attention to the reviews about sizing, as one of the most common complaints I had read was about the socks falling off. The site recommends that the socks be snug on your pooch, but still have the ability to put one finger in the sock. Based on that, I ordered the size medium. Luna is currently about 47 pounds.
When the Power Paws arrived, Luna was particularly interested in these tiny little socks that we were attempting to put on her. The most challenging thing, aside from her trying to eat them, was to make sure we didn’t catch her dew claws as we were putting them on. This was definitely a two-person job.
So we got the Power Paws on her, and she really didn’t know what to think at first. She spent a good bit of time licking them. The fit was snug, but I could comfortably get one finger in between the sock and her paw. I felt comfortable that these were a good fit. After she stopped licking them, we tested her out by encouraging to run a bit in the house. While she could not get into a full “run” because of space constraints, she had no difficulty stopping after a gallop which, before the socks, would usually end up in her wiping out. I had no problem with them falling off – my guess is that it all comes down to a good and proper fit. I like them, and I think Luna likes them; I can see them being of great benefit to older greys. Honestly, I wish I had these when Ruby was nearing the end, as her back legs would slide out from under her quite frequently.
So there you go. If you click on the Power Paws picture above, you’ll be taken to the Amazon site. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have them? Love them? Not so much? Do you have another product similar to this that you absolutely love? Please share!