Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Day Pedicure

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 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.


  1. It is really nice name tag, isn't it? My dogs Cream & Alice also have the similar ones. As a matter of fact, my wife and I also made key holders with same design.

    Well, I had same troubles of their paw-pads before. Our veterinary surgeon who is taking care of Cream & Alice told me before that we do not need to use special cream for paw-pads care. He just recommended to use vaseline which human usually use (actually, I have never used any vaseline, but I found it in my emergency medical kit).
    As Cream used to have some troubles on her paw pads when she was before 1 year old, I routinely took care of her paw pads with vaseline, and her paw-pads were greatly improved!! (I should try on it on my hands especially during in the winter season...)

    By the way, both of Clair and Nobu look very happy and composed. I am very sure that they are very happy with you and your family!!

  2. Thank you for the vaseline tip! Actually I like Aloe Nankou, and used some on their pads too, but the Jojoba oil is kind of special Xmas expensive :) I admired Alice and Cream's name tag, but I didn't want Claire to have exactly the same stone although the design is the same, so I had an amethyst put in. Thank you for all the great links in your blog.