Tongue in Tuesday

I’ve tried. I really have tried to catch Elsa with her tongue out but do you think she will accommodate me? Heck no! She clams up as if she belongs to the Illuminati. Sam is equally uncooperative. So alas, it’s not very likely there will be any ‘Tongue Out Tuesday’ posts featuring our gang. So instead, I’m offering a Tongue In Tuesday post (hey when given lemons, I say make some lemonade).

The stoic little Ranch Ninja doesn’t seem to mind me sharing this new recipe with you even if she won’t share her lovely pink tongue. After a dry winter (I realize some of you had endless Nor’easters and countless snow storms-of which we’re so jealous), your pups may have cracked paws or noses. If so, this. is. for. you. You may recall (past posts can be found here and here), where I shared recipes for tick and flea remedies and other treatment remedies for skin conditions using essential oils. Well here’s another one you can add to your healing arsenal ~ a balm for paws and noses



1/2 C Natural Beeswax
1/4 C Coconut Oil
1/4 C Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Shea Butter
10-20 drops Vitamin E Oil (a natural preservative)

  1. Melt beeswax in a small jar in a pot of hot water (double boiler effect) over medium-high heat, stirring often, until completely melted. This should take about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the coconut oil, olive oil, and shea butter. Heat until all ingredients are melted, stirring often.
  3. Remove from heat and add the vitamin E drops. Stir well.
  4. Pour mixture into storage containers or molds.
  5. Let it sit for an hour until it solidifies.
Photo courtesy: Soap Deli News Blog

To use, rub a small amount into your palm until it melts. Apply to affected areas. I love the idea of using the silicone dog paw and bone shaped molds I’ve used before when I made coconut oil dog treats. With the moisturizing properties of these oils, those cracked paws and noses should heal up in no time. And you won’t have to worry about the balm being licked off. All the ingredients are completely safe. Win-win. Even if there is no tongue being displayed for the camera.

Does your pup ever get cracked nose or paws?

Live, love, bark 🐾


41 thoughts on “Tongue in Tuesday

  1. Ow! I will have to try this recipe! Ryder had a really bad cracked pad a couple weeks ago. He favored it a lot, especially on gravel. Poor guy. I put a little pad cream to help. But I’d love to make some homemade goodies for him.

  2. Thanks for the recipe – that could come in very handy. We aren’t too good at tongue out Tuesday either. We need some food right in front of us for us to show our tongue:)

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  3. Most of the “tongue out” pictures of Choppy involve warm days and walks – I like to think this reflects well on me, as even our regular 2+ mile walks aren’t enough to tucker her out enough to start panting!

  4. I, too, have been going the “natural” route, and was glad to see the link to your method (and recipes) for natural flea/tick prevention. I already used a different recipe I found – using essential oils. Instead of it repelling ticks, I have pulled off 3 dead ones that were attached to Xena. I was hoping to find a repellent, so will have to try this.

  5. She’s a lady and ladies don’t stick their tongues out. Pretty girl.

    Love your fix for dryness in your babies.

    Have a woof woof day, Elsa. My best to your mom. ♥

  6. I’m curious, once you have all the balm portioned-out into the molds*, how many do you end up with and how do you store them?
    *I love the idea of using the paw print molds!

    1. You should probably get 4-6 depending on the size of your mold and how deep you fill the cavity with that recipe. A cool dry place is best for storage (there is Vitamin E as a preservative) but for humid climates, I might be tempted to store in the frig. It will take a while to ‘warm’ them up in your hands for applying (or you could leave out until they reach room temperature).

    1. They most likely will to some extent just like they would with any ointment but at least I don’t worry they’ll get sick from it. It’s the moisturizing that will make the difference in rough paws.

    1. Ninja’s by their very nature are covert agents or mercenaries. Their functions include espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and guerrilla warfare…i.e. Elsa. Besides, I’m beginning to think there’s something definitive in the poodle rules of engagement that covers cooperation, er rather lack thereof.

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