Brrrrrrrr. It suddenly got super-duper cold here in Pittsbrrrrrrrrrrgh. While I am adventure dog, and I enjoy a good romp in the snow just like any other self-respecting canine, this bitter wind bothers me. Especially as I get older, I have far less tolerance for the wind not just whipping through my fuzz, but whipping me along. And don't get me started on salt/de-icer/whatever-else-you-humans-are-using-on-the-sidewalks.
The salt/de-icer stings like no tomorrow. Really, humans, would you walk on that stuff?
I'm going to share a little secret with you. Now dogs, I know what you're thinking. Why would we give away any of our secrets? Who actually likes to wear booties? But the honest truth is that they WORK. I know, I know. I hate to wear 'em as well. But I have to admit that they make the walkies a whole helluva lot better. When my paws sting it's miserable - for me and for mama. My toes start 'a burning, and mama falls to the ground to try to wipe 'em off, we're both anxious and stressed.
JUST WEAR THE DAMN BOOTIES.
Here's a tip - but them one size too large for your dog. Use a pair of arm warmers - or a knee sock with the foot cut off for you creative and/or cheap types - put those on (this helps the booties stay on). Then slide on the slightly-too-big booties. Not super tight with the Velcro. I guarantee that your dog will do the "my feet are on fire" walk when you put them on. Maybe always. But once outside - voila. Once they figure out that their feet ain't burnin', it's all gravy from there.
WALK SALT-FREE, MY FRIENDS.