Getting a paw print is super easy (said the interweb)!
In prints of your paws are actually really cool. They are adorable and they can be used in a scrapbook or framed or even on greeting cards. They make a sweet memory of your little puppy or you can even take multiple prints over the years to see how your pup is growing and changing.
Don’t trust the Interweb.
The Mama, all hot and bothered about getting these paw prints did a Google search for tips and trick. The interweb is a liar. We found tons of links, like this one, that makes it sound extra simple to get a great paw print in 8 easy steps. HA HA HA HA HA! If only it was that easy.
It went a little more like this at Casa de Kolchak.
- Set Up Your Work Area – the Mama set up our work area with recycled white cardstock and an ink pad, with black natural squid ink. She called me into the bathroom, where I took one look at the torture chamber she had set up and bolted in the other direction. I would COME every time she called me, but as soon as I saw that ink pad set up, I would bolt again. After a quick game or two of “chase the Kolchak”, “Beg the Kolchak” & “Demand the Kolchak Listen while he Laughs at You”, the Mama resorted to my favourite tactic. Bribery. Oh chicken chewies, you are my downfall.
- Clean Your Paws – She cleaned my paw with a couple of organic, natural baby wipes. We use them to clean muddy paws around here.
- Screw Around With Scissors – Trim any hair that covers the paw pad with scissors. THIS IS NOT HAPPENING. You and your demon scissor can stay right away. The Mama is dangerous with scissors. She will cut you. Just ask Felix. Three stitches. the Mama will never hold scissors anywhere near a dog again. Not on my way (and certainly not on my paw!)
- Ink Up Your Paw – The instructions suggest that you simply pick up your dog’s paw, press it to the ink pad and gently toll it from side to side to evenly coat the paw. Yeeeeeeah. Not so much. I don’t care for my paws being handled on a good day. It has taken a really long time for me to even sit still while the Mama dremels my nails. As soon as Mama grabbed my paw and tried to put it to the ink pad, I was outta there. That dang Mama has foiled me! She had shut the bathroom door. I couldn’t escape. It was AWFUL. She caught me again, muscled me into her lap like the Hulk on steroids and she forcibly, put my paw to the pad.
- What the heck was that? I chose that exact moment, to completely lose my vick and start flailing about like a fish on dry land. In the process, I (lovingly) placed some paw print artwork on the Mama’s pants…and her shirt…and her face. Yeah, that’s right. I paw-punched the Mama in the face. That’ll teach her to mess with me! As I was making paw prints all over the bathroom floor, that crafty Mama slipped a piece of card stock onto the floor and watched in glee, as I stepped on it.
- Place cardstock in a safe place to dry.
- Jackpot. Paw print in place, the Mama wiped my paw clean with a couple of organic, natural baby wipes.