Sew a pair of durable booties to help keep your dog's feet safe, especially when the ground is muddy, wet, or covered in snow.
This idea comes from our friend Chloe Mackintosh of Boxwood Avenue. "We've talked about it before in our post about homemade paw balm, but I'll say it again: the winter months can be really tough on dog's paws!" she says. "Not only can the ice and snow damage our dog's paws, but the salt on the sidewalk can dry them out. Making booties for your dog to wear during this season can help protect his delicate paw pads and keep them healthy during the winter months." For this project, she uses water-resistant fabric such as faux leather or durable canvas, plus some durable fabric as the patch on the underside of the boot. These pet-friendly accessories are very simple to make for the cost of a few sewing supplies: faux leather, thread, and a sewing machine. The measurements of these booties will depend on the size of your dog's paw: the fabric should be long enough that when folded in half, it fits like a sock around your dog's paw. For a standard size yellow lab, this was about eight inches on the fold.