Published December 9, 2008
Animals , dogs , family , Life , pets
Tags: boxer, boxer dogs, muddy paws
We had snow on the ground for a few days. I’m not fond of snow. It’s cold, makes walking and driving hazardous, and limits my shoe choices. But the one advantage it does have is that it covers the mud in our yard that covers the paws of our dog whenever she goes out to pee.
I have spent — no lie — a good 10 minutes each time she goes out digging dirt and mud out of her little toenails. We even got an empty coffee container, filled it with water, and dipped each paw in it before we wiped them with an old towel. Part of the problem is she doesn’t just go out to pee. She has to run around like a maniac, lunging at delivery trucks or people walking up the street while tied up in the front yard. So the mud gets ground into her little paws in every crease and crevice.
Big Daddy and I brainstormed for a solution to this problem. Who wants to stand on a cold porch several times a day digging mud from a pet’s paws? He mentioned that she needed boots or something that we could remove. The next day, I dug out some old socks and put them on the dog before I released her into the yard. I thought we were pretty darn clever, maybe onto a marketable idea.
Well, the little angel had no problem with me putting the socks on. But unfortunately, they didn’t stay on for long. The back two came off before I even tied her up. The front socks ended up laying in the front yard where she lost them after freaking out over the mail lady. I was thinking about ways to improve on the idea by maybe making fasteners on the foot covers when Oldest Son’s friend, Sheri, mentioned that you could buy little booties with velcro fasteners at the pet store. What a great idea. Why don’t I think of these things first??
Sky in socks
When the kids first wanted a dog, I would have no part of it. I didn’t grow up with dogs, and I was afraid of them. I don’t remember the incident itself, but was told that when I was about 2 years old, a large neighbor dog had jumped on me and knocked me down (while my mother screamed helplessly). She’s afraid of dogs, too. I just remember always being a little leery of dogs and even sometimes having bad dreams about them. But life is always full of surprises, and BOY was everybody surprised when I caved and became the owner of our first beautiful two-year-old flashy fawn Boxer. It was fate that could not be denied. First, we had just gotten a house with a big yard. Then, the boys and their dad, and my dad, kinda wore me down a little saying “those boys need a dog”. Also, the neighbor kid had a Lab and when he wanted to be mean, would invite the other kids inside for Oreos (knowing that my youngest was afraid of his dog and would be left out). I didn’t want him to be afraid like I was. Then, the bargain-hunter in me was tempted when my husband’s friend Lou wanted to find a good home for his second boxer. Two frisky dogs was a little more than they could handle. So I agreed to meet Prudence, but did not yet commit to adopting her. Well, it was love at first sight. As soon as I saw those big brown eyes, I HAD to have her. Even after I saw the big pile of poop she had left in Lou’s truck.
I loved Prudence, and walked her and helped take care of her for the 10 years we were lucky enough to have her. But I never really held her or pet her much until she got old and frail and started having convulsions. Knowing we would lose her soon broke down the final barriers. Now we have our gorgeous Sky, and she gets all the hugs and kisses a playful happy soul like her deserves. If your kids are bugging you for a dog, you may want to open yourself up to the experience. You may find out that you, too, need a dog.