Ok, I admit it, I’ve become one of those crazy dog people. I finally broke down and bought Fenway some dog boots.
And, as goofy as they seem, I’m really happy with them and how they have been protecting her feet. This time of year I often have to stop on walks because Fenway starts limping. Usually it is because someone has used salt or a harsh chemical on their section of the sidewalk. I can’t really blame them, the pet-safe stuff is really expensive and doesn’t work as well, but it breaks my heart to see Fenway limping like that. The only way to help her is to rub fresh snow on her feet, melting it and washing the chemicals off of her paws.
The other day it was bitterly cold when I took Fenway on her morning walk. The air temperature was -11 degrees, and it was -31 degrees with the windchill. Fenway needs her walks so I took her out for a relatively short one, just around the neighborhood. Fenway didn’t seem to bothered by the cold, but as we approached home she started limping again, this time because her feet were so cold. I grabbed her paw and warmed it in my hand. Then she lifted her other front paw, and then one of her rear ones. That was my breaking point.
After carefully measuring her paws, I ordered Fenway a pair (set? couple of pairs?) of boots and socks from Ruffwear, the same company that made her backpack. They arrived last week and she’s been adjusting to them better than I had expected. It’s a little tricky to get her little socks on, and she still does a little boot dance when we first put them on, but once she’s outside she seems to forget that they’re there. And most importantly, she hasn’t limped on any of her walks since she started wearing them.