Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New Shoes :(

I recently ordered Savage fleece-lined dog booties online from You're probably wondering why I haven't posted a picture of him looking handsome and warm in his new shoes. What happened was that as soon as I put them on him and we walked outside he slipped and fell. And then fell again. And then ran right into the side of my parked truck because he couldn't stop. The bottoms of the booties are made of slick leather, and are so slippery on packed snow (pretty much everywhere we go) as to make it impossible for my great dane to walk without falling down, which is no fun for him, and potentially injury-inducing. I can easily imagine him crashing into something or falling and breaking a leg while wearing his new booties.
The whole experience was disappointing to me and confusing to Savvy, though the boots themselves were well-made, fit perfectly (XXL), felt really warm, and looked super cute. However, the fact remains that I spent over $30.00 on something I can't use unless I find a way to modify the soles. Maybe there is something I can add to the leather or cover it with that will supply some traction. While the weather lately has been above zero degrees I know it will soon change again. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions on fixing my Muttluks, or know of dog booties that keep feet protected and have traction, please leave me a comment below.


  1. Piston Engine Princess said...
    No advice on how to improve traction on Savy's shoes, but I'm sure that when you're in deep snow they'll work just fine. Wanted to remind you about how Pokey would hold up his feet when he was in his booties, and how counterproductive it was when he wore them since someone always had to follow him to locate the booties when he ditched them!
    Our Girl Blue said...
    Hey, Paula! I found these on the Orvis website- - they come in XXL, so maybe the'd fit Savage? Good luck & Happy Holidays!
    Anonymous said...
    Maybe something like this:
    I know they are fora the actual foot but there might be something out there you could apply to the boot.
    Anonymous said...
    If you can't return them, what about that sand "spray paint" (comes in an aerosol can)? You can get it at the local hardware or sometimes craft stores. We use it in the construction of some agility equipment (like the A frame). I'd also write muttlucks and let them know of your difficulties. Good luck!

    Gorgeous, gorgeous animals, by the way. :)
    The PR Gang said...
    Perhaps you could rough them up with sandpaper and use some of the sticky stuff you use on their paws at shows to keep them from slipping? Resin or tree sap?!
    Good luck!

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