When I bought my first house, the hardwoods were not hardwoods and they were light. Max’s hair showed up everywhere. So when I got around to putting in real hardwoods, I put in wide, dark planks. For a year, Max’s hair blended in perfectly.
Then Melvin arrived. Oh well, visual hair there would be.
In this house, because Melvin was (I so effortlessly typed ‘is’ there — still working on typing ‘was’) allergic to everything, hardwoods were the best option. Carpet traps all the things that made him itch. So pretty much the entire house is hardwood. (Medium color — some lessons I do learn!).
Then came Jake. Still all good. Then came Jake’s leg’s issue and hardwood is now his worst enemy. He will stand on the edge of an area rug and panic comes over him. It’s like a child on the edge of a swimming pool. He steps onto the hardwood an SPLAT. Then he swims just trying to get to the next rug.
I love Jake, but I am not having the whole house carpeted. While we were at the beach, I did notice that he walked better on tile. The tile was a rougher texture and he was able to gain some traction on it. That MAY be an option. But for now, I’m going with ‘plan leap-frog’. I put carpet squares all over the house, in between the main rugs so that he can leap onto his lily pads.
Since you all know that I have decorating ADD, I look at those carpet squares and my first inclination is to pick them up/keep things tidy. But then I have to say ‘No, those are for Jake. You love Jake. You love Jake more than you love decorating, right? Right?! Yes, yes, of course.’
We have also tried: traction socks (they don’t stay on), traction socks with vet taped wrapped around them (they don’t stay on), toenail grips (they don’t stay on), paw pad traction stickers (you guessed it, THEY DON’T STAY ON).
If you have any ideas (beyond making him play Frogger), let me know!