Time for a paw bath...
After afternoon walks through our new neighborhood of dense Sonoran Desert flatland, Bernie and Lizzie McSquare can have some dusty and grimy paws.
Thankfully, our home has a separate tub with a flexible rainfall shower head extender that makes washing and rinsing just their paws a quick and easy task.
The Sonoran Desert Jumping Cholla
While this cactus may look all fuzzy wuzzy, it is not. I despise this plant that some call the Teddy Bear Cholla.
See the segments on the ground? Those prickly burrs easily break off this cactus. If you're the poor person who brushes too close, you'll find the burrs stuck all over you. A truly painful experience! Even worse, if you get them off you, but they're still on the ground near you, they really can "jump" toward your legs.
Jumping Cholla Cactus Burr
Lizzie has been unfortunate enough to have two Jumping Cholla burrs stick to her paw and the side of her face. I don't let the pups anywhere near these cacti, so her encounters were with burrs on the ground, so they were not deeply embedded. So far, our girl has been a champ letting me pull each burr away in one swift motion.