Boots or no boots: Winter season is no fun for dog paws
Is it necessary for all dogs to wear winter boots?
There are some moments when I remember I have a black girl dog—not a black dog as in physical appearance and genitalia. I’m talking about the protest my black girl dog puts up whenever it rains outside, and she has absolutely no interest in getting her fur wet. In my nonsensical ramblings to her, I once stopped at my back door, looked down at her with her butt stuck out to avoid being pulled outside, and said, “STOP ACTING LIKE YOU HAVE A FRESH PERM!” Sistas know exactly what I’m talking about.
I wasn’t quite sure if the Hound mix I adopted would be a winter dog or a summer dog when I first got her, but the rain tantrums convinced me she’d lean more on the side of my Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd crossbreed of 13 years. Shep, my first dog, had zero desire to be outside if the temperature was under 50 degrees. He was a summer dog through and through, and one particularly awful tornado made him terrified of rain and lightning forever.
Meanwhile, my second dog (a German Shepherd purebred of nine years) wanted no parts of hot weather and would dart back inside for any weather over 70 degrees. They couldn’t have been more different. But the one thing neither dog wore during the winter seasons were dog clothing attire, specifically dog winter boots.