Comment from: wilberfan [Visitor]
wilberfan

I used to do a lot of hiking every summer with my sister's dog. I noticed her foot pads (the dog's, not the sister) were worn, and thought some booties might help.

I ordered some online, and put them on the dog--but she was having none of it. Maybe I got the wrong size, but she would shake her paws till the booties came flying off. Alrighty, then...

08/16/12 @ 13:56
Comment from: the shop owner that never got a day off [Visitor]
the shop owner that never got a day off

what's next?? smartphones for dogs??
leave the creature alone.
why? cause nobody loves rubber.
.....
and also.. imagine the weird stares he's gonna get from fellow dogs...

08/16/12 @ 16:57
Comment from: James [Visitor]
James

Cool story, the dog wearing Vibrams is cute.

08/16/12 @ 18:24
Comment from: Allan [Visitor]
Allan

In the Texas summer heat I've had my dogs blister their paws a couple of times on the sidewalks and also on trails. And let me tell you this can be pretty serious. The dogs didn't complain during the walk, but afterward it was pretty nasty.

The solution, of course, is to stay inside during the heat of the day. But the dog shoes would offer protection if you absolutely had to go out during the heat.

I've seen shows about dog sledding where mushers use them to protect dogs' feet against ice and snow.

So the shoes would be recommended for protecting your dog from either extreme of heat or cold.

Another use is if your dog has some neurological problem. My German Shepherd Dog later developed degenerative myelopathy which caused him to drag his hind paws on the ground which resulted in bloody sores. I bought dog shoes to protect his paws from abrasion. I wish I'd had these shoes because they look pretty protective.

08/16/12 @ 20:02
Comment from: cody r. [Visitor]
cody r.

i really hope this doesn't start a trend, dogs DO NOT need stuff like this, their foot pads are made for what they do

i don't understand the need to put shoes on everything....horses included

08/16/12 @ 21:06
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@cody

So its safe to assume you never wear shoes or any footwear. Right?

08/16/12 @ 21:16
Comment from: Leo Antony [Visitor]
Leo Antony

Loved those vibrams...

08/17/12 @ 01:06
Comment from: Dubbsy [Visitor]
Dubbsy

This is pretty awesome. My beagle would have no part of these shoes though. She doesn't like things on her that aren't her collar.

08/17/12 @ 08:02
Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

Patty clearly stated the reason her dog "needs" footwear. It is not a fashion thing or a need for their pet to resemble the owner, it is out of necessity for the safety of the animal. If Kai's feet drag or shuffle, it is wear that the animal's pads were clearly not designed to endure. Most animals would not do this and thus would not "need" protection. The fact that the dog carries on when not in them only reaffirms that even it understands the repercussions of not having them. Please do not berate Patty for her choice to give her pet a quality life. I am glad that she shared her story, and as a few of the other positive comments indicated, others clearly have a need for this type of product as well. It is nice that she shared a product, with a Vibram sole no less, that worked for them.

08/17/12 @ 09:54
Comment from: robert [Member]  

Thank you Mr. Leigh. I was going to say something similar. Dogs are breed for different reasons. Some of the pads on the feet can have different thickness and resistances to heat and rough surfaces. Clearly they are doing this for health and safety reasons, not fashion reason. I applaud them for caring enough about their animal, to take the time to research a solution that works well for their needs. You have one cute puppy!

08/17/12 @ 18:42
Comment from: widmerpool [Visitor]
widmerpool

Where my sister lives long-hair dogs often need boots. There is a species of grass with long, very hard and sharp seeds that get caught in the hair around their paws and stab the pads.

08/20/12 @ 07:53
Comment from: Eric [Visitor]
Eric

I actually have these same boots for my dog. She only wears them in the winter though. She has webbed feet, and when she's out running around in the winter the webbing collects snow, and it compacts into ice balls under each foot. After a few minutes she'll quit running around, and try to stand on as few feet as possible. Now with her boots she can keep up with me on runs and walks with no issue.

08/21/12 @ 13:55
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]  
Mike

to all the people saying there is no need to put shoes on dogs, I can see several scenarios where these would be very useful. In my case, I live in an area of the city where people are very generous in spreading rock salt on driveways and sidewalks during the winter to combat snow and ice. This is EXTREMELY painful for dogs, especially when a piece gets stuck between their pads or toes. These boots would help quite a bit in the winter (if I could get my dog to keep them on! lol)

08/21/12 @ 15:00
Comment from: Wendy Thompson [Visitor]
Wendy Thompson

Hello, I have a 150lb Great Pyrenees with very large due claws on his back feet, I have not been able to find shoes to fit him that don,t puss the deu claws into his legs. Can you help me, we live in Arizona and the ground during the summer is very hot.
Hope you can help. Wendy Thompson

03/17/16 @ 17:15