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snow paws

Last night began the first "real" snow of the season here in NYC. Late in the season. Today the shopkeepers have been our shoveling most of the morning, and the streets are covered with slush.

I took the doggie out in it.

First he had to have his booties put on. These little fur-edged beauties zip and velcro, much like a person's boots, and they have rubbery soles. Without enough grip. The poor boy had a time going down the stairs, at first refusing, then finally developing a technique for hitting each stair with his front two paws, then the back two. Later, when he tried to climb back up the stairs he was unable to do it. He kept slipping backward. So I carried him up.

In between these two times, though, he underwent a transformation.

At first Floyd was fearful and held back, and when he went forward it was tentative and he tended to slip. The sidewalks were very slippery. I thought about my own need to get some real boots - I still haven't decided about that. After about three blocks, though, he got into it. He headed forward with confidence, no longer slid, seemed curious about investigating the smells and, of course, other dogs (of which there were not as many as usual). It was remarkable to see how he mastered this new situation - both boots and snow - so quickly.

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guntowngirl
Feb. 14th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
What a trooper!

My sister has these things called grippies. They fit around and under the shoe and really grip the ground so you don't fall down. They really work for her. She keeps a pair in her car for whenever she is out and needs them and one pair in the house. Good luck finding boots that fit and work for you!
judith
Feb. 15th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
I looked for grippies online but there are so many different things with that name that I did not find what you mention. It isn't critical, of course, but I can see how a thing like that could be useful. Do you know what company makes them?
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