I’ve made it 6 months with keeping Odin’s white as pure as I can.
We made it through Fall with only a few splashes of mud and now, well, and now we’re here.
The official mud season, also known as Spring.
I guess I’m about to show the world what a black and brown Newfoundland would look like.
Deep breath in. Deep breath out.
Welcome to Muddy Paws Anonymous of America and Beyond.
We are a support group that offers support to those dealing with a major muddy paw crisis.
Members here share their experiences and offer advice about dealing with muddy paws in a safe and confidential setting.
Here you gain hope and coping strategies when it comes to dealing with muddy paws.
After you realize you aren’t alone and within a safe and supportive environment, you will begin to feel comfortable sharing your feelings and life circumstances with the muddy paws group.
This can be a very therapeutic and healing experience, particularly as you find that others in the group will listen nonjudgmentally and will praise you for your openness and courage of dealing with muddy paws.
As you work through various issues and concerns in this group, it’s common that you will begin to notice a reduced level of overall distress and discomfort.
This is a positive sign that progress is being made and that you are feeling better about muddy paws.
As you learn more effective ways to cope and handle muddy paws, you gain a better understanding about yourself, your needs and your own unique personality.
Just as you benefit from the group experience, you can also help other group members as you grow and make progress.
Others will be affected positively by hearing your muddy paw stories and by your kind and caring humor.
You will also notice you feel better when you are able to help someone else dealing with muddy paws.
We’re a free group. There’s no membership charge.
If you determine that Muddy Paws Anonymous of America and Beyond is a good fit for you, you can attend regularly.
Soak up information and learn effective coping strategies from other members who are dealing with muddy paws well.
There’s no pressure, when you feel the time is right, share your story, your challenges, your fears, and your successes.
Support other group members with encouragement, validation and a pat on the back for making it through this trying time.
Our door is always open for those in need.
I’ll go first.
My name is Jen and I have a dog that has muddy paws.
Actually, he has more than muddy paws.
He has a muddy chest, a muddy undercarriage, mud stuck between his toes, up his nose and probably some in his ears.
It’s doesn’t matter what I do, he still brings mud into the house
My feelings about having a dog that has muddy paws for the next 3 months.
I know it’s a life with a Newf.
I know it’s going to happen every year but after 60 days of mud sometimes I cry.
Sometimes I feel very inadequate of my paw wiping.
I try to do a good job.
I try to get inside the webbing and under the nails but sometimes when I’m done and my dog walks through the house there’s still mud.
Coping strategies of having a dog with muddy paws.
Sometimes I hide in my closest when my dog wants to go outside.
Sometimes, when my dog is running from the back of the yard to the front of the yard and the mud is flying everywhere, I scream really bad words inside my head.
Sometimes, I look around the house at the mud splatters on my drapes, walls and ceilings, and I choose not to wipe the muddy paws at all that day.
Sometimes, I drink wine so I don’t see the mud as clearly.
Sometimes I go to the store and call my husband and tell him to let the dog out.
I take my muddy paw anxiety out on other members of the family because I can’t take them out on the dog.
Treatment of muddy paw anxiety
Besides putting pants on your dog, which does help with the muddy body part, the only other treatment is a summer drought. (we only use the pants for walks not for casual backyard wear)
But, you can find comfort in knowing that you are not alone during this time.
Thousands of other dog owners stand with you and support you.