Claire is wearing her new Five Drops name tag, but she's so sleepy after our morning walk (she found a cat and yipped and yowled to her heart's content) that she won't pose for pics, so here's a close up. I decided to have an amethyst set in the silver concho to match her sweet- tempered healing aura, and the cherry-blossom pink leather is perfect. The parcel arrived on Xmas Day with a kind note from the owners:
"Claire: a life saved. May her broken heart heal in the tenderness of your love, so that even though the pain will never disappear, she'll never revisit those old memories, basking in the warm glow of every new day being loved. Happy Christmas."
Meanwhile Nobu and Claire are enjoying a manicure and pedicure (pawdicure?peticure? there's a setter in this video clip explanation of how to do it): I've been clipping toenails, just a millimeter or two at a time to make sure I don't get too close to the quick, and then massaging their pad with Jojoba oil as recommended by Gaudi and Associates. When Nobunaga arrived his paws had just healed and he was on antibiotics to make sure he didn't get an infection, but now the pads are getting stronger.
"Your dog's footpads are the toughest part of his skin, and absorb the shock and pressure on his joints from standing, walking and running. Due to their function, paws are prone to injury and dog paw care should be a part of your regular care routine
Dry, Cracked Pads: you dog's pads are naturally rough, they have to be so he has traction when he needs to turn quickly, sprint off and stop quickly. If the pads become cracked they are prone to collect dust and debris, which can cause further injury to the pad. Pads can be moisturised using a special footpad cream.
Try to avoid using human hand moisturiser as this tends to soften the pads to much and makes them prone to injury." says Claire Bristow
The Black Lab Company here in Yokohama also has a cream which I may buy at some point, just to vary the massage routine... At any rate being petted and pampered in the warm sitting room is a dog's dream, or so I hope...check out Nobu's dreamy look.