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Monday, 23 February 2015

    

We wanted to share our new favorite wearable for dogs...Gold Paw Fleece. These yummy fleece pullovers have been a lifesaver during this very cold and snowy winter. Here are six reasons why we love them and think you and your scalawags will love them too:

  1. Gold Paw fleece pullovers are extremely versatile

    • They can be worn inside for extra warmth (like pj's) or as a light layer outside.

    • For extra warmth outdoors, they can be doubled-up or worn under a coat.

  2. These fleece are beyond buttery soft to the touch

    • If your dog typically doesn't like to wear clothes, he/she may adjust to wearing one of these comfy and lightweight fleece pullovers.

  3. A little bit of stretch (7% spandex) makes them easy to put on and to take off

    • The extra give works especially well for hard-to-fit broad-chested or thick-necked dogs.

  4. These fleece pullovers are machine washable and they dry very quickly

  5. They come in 12 colors and 15 sizes

  6. They are made in the USA!
     

Available year round in our Kennebunkport shop and in our webshop (www.scalawagsonline.com).

Posted by: Mary Beth AT 08:10 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, 09 February 2015

Usually when people ask us how bad winters in Maine really are, we say something along the lines of, "not so bad" or "it usually blows out to sea." This year we are barking a different tune. We are getting a lot of snow, it doesn't look like it's going to stop any time soon and we're getting crabby.

One of the pitfalls of getting a lot of snow in a short period of time is there is no place to put it. Snowbanks are getting higher and higher and with them, the potential risk of accidents. As a part-time dog walker, I am experiencing first hand some of the hazards of attempting to walk in this weather.

Based on my observations over the past few weeks, here are a few tips for walking in this weather:

  1. Proceed with caution! Many sidewalks are not shovelled, roads are plowed more narrow and you are sharing the road with drivers who may or may not be experienced or taking weather conditions seriously (or are distracted).
     
  2. Stop and look before crossing not only streets but driveways hidden between high snowbanks. The ends of driveways usually have the highest snowbanks and drivers backing up may be doing so blindly.
     
  3. Wear a brightly colored coat and/or hat. Light colors make you less visible to drivers and if you are height challenged, you may actually be shorter than some of the snowbanks. I know my French's mustard yellow coat is hideous but I don't care because I know people can see me.
     
  4. Put something bright on your dogs. We understand a lot of folks are not on board with "dressing" dogs but this not a fashion statement, it's a safety precaution. If your dog is more visible, so are you! Coats, sweaters and fleece will also help keep your dog warm and dry.
     
  5. Reflective gear is a must-have for early morning or after-dark walks. Most coat manufacturers actually use reflective piping or ribbon in their designs. We recommend a safety orange or green collar or vest to all of our customers for year round use. Not only do they provide extra protection during hunting season, they are great for foggy mornings or snowy afternoons.
     
  6. Finally, if you are walking your dogs in the dark bring a flashlight. My new favorite toy is an LED headlamp. I look like an alien wearing it, especially in my hideous yellow coat, but it leaves my hands free to hold leashes and to manage waste pick-up.

Please feel free to share any other safety ideas or tips you may have for navigating high snowbanks. As Sgt. Esterhaus would say, let's be careful out there.

Dog Safety

Posted by: Mary Beth AT 11:26 am   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Posted by: Mary Beth AT 10:15 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Thursday, 09 February 2012

We took our own advice and played hooky Monday afternoon and took Jack and Rose for a ride south. It was a beautiful, sunny winter day so we headed to the Marginal Way in Ogunquit. If you haven't done this before, you should really add it to your must-do list the next time you are in Maine.

The Marginal Way is a paved footpath running approximately 1 1/4 miles between Perkins Cove and Ogunquit Beach. The path meanders along the rugged cliff line of the Atlantic Ocean with breathtaking views at every turn. It is a little hilly in places but there are plenty of benches for you and your scalawags to rest and enjoy the scenery. Park in Perkins Cove or in town and pick up the path on Shore Road near the Anchorage by the Sea.

Dogs are welcome on the path October 1st - March 31st and must be leashed (for their safety and yours!). The rest of the year dogs are not permitted on the path.

After walking the Marginal Way, if your dog still has some energy left, stop by the Ogunquit Dog Park. Open from 7am until dusk every day, the dog park is fully fenced with a separate area for small dogs. It is just a short drive from Route 1 and downtown Ogunquit. 

Winters in Maine can be long but they don't have to be boring! Get out there and have some winter fun with your best pals. Don't forget your camera!

 

View from the Marginal Way
(February 2012)

Posted by: Mary Beth AT 11:15 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
 

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