The dogs love skiing but we have one little problem — they get snow stuck to the fur between their toes and it ices up in hard little balls that really bother them — and because the ice balls hurt, the dogs stop and lick them, which only makes them worse. Owen, my puppy, also has problems with snowballs adhering to his feathers, especially in the back. He’ll be running along with tennis-ball sized snowballs hanging off his ass, which looks really funny, but doesn’t make him happy.
So, what’s the solution? Pam cooking spray! Who knew? They didn’t like getting sprayed so much, but it really works … we skiied all the way up Suce Creek (a mile and a half) and back down and they only had little tiny snowballs between their toes — and no hanging snowballs off their feathers. They were happy, and because their feet weren’t bothering them so much, everyone was much safer (dogs stopping to lick their toes when you’re flying downhill on ice can be dangerous for everyone).