Sweet Jesus! For such a small dog, Mitchie sure can track in a lot of mud. Every now and then I let her out onto the terrace, and whenever she comes back in her feet are caked in dirt. It took me the longest time to figure out where she found that dirt–I keep the terrace spotless. Then I noticed the tiny paw prints in the neighbor’s planter. I don’t let her go out there anymore but even when I take her for a walk she always gets dirty.
Graciela told me to get a Paw Plunger. It’s what she uses to clean Socrates’ feet when he gets all muddied up. The Paw Plunger looks like a plastic beer mug but it’s really a neat way to clean a dog’s feet: you fill it with warm water and then plunge the dog’s paws inside where there are bristles that clean away all that nasty dirt. Graciela says it works, and it’s gentle, but that Socrates doesn’t always want to comply.
Another friend of mine, James, who has a teacup chihuahua told me that his dog wears Pawz dog booties. “Dogs don’t like to wear boots because when they do they can’t feel the ground and that makes them feel unstable. But these ones are rubber and the dog can still feel the ground through them.” Best part is, they come in an extra small size, for little pumpkins like Mitchie.
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