As you know I love to watch my shichon play in the snow. Especially when the snow is fresh and his fur is grown out I think he looks just like an ewok-dog when he struggles through the drifts.
Here is what I mean
However what I have noticed is NOT fun is when are walking around on the sidewalks and they start to limp because their little paws are hurting. I have observed this several times and I am starting to suspect that rock salt put on the sidewalks to melt the snow away may be hurting my shichon.
I concerned about this and have been thinking this over and one of the reasons that I have been having such a hard time about this is that I am also vehemently opposed to any type of dog clothing. I think that in general the dogs dont like it, they look stupid and it borders on animal abuse.
Here is however a site which may change my mind. Check out the dog booties site created by some folks from Minesotta - and they know what cold means. I love that their tag line is:
When it is 50 below, do you really think man's best friend cares if his boots are pretty?
What do you think?