I’ve been hard at work trying to make it so Wink can continue our walks even in cold, snowy weather. It’s been a process, to say the least. But I’m determined.

The latest problem to solve has been how to keep Wink’s feet protected.

I started off with these waterproof, skidproof booties from Amazon.com EXPAWLORER Waterproof Dog Boots Reflective Non-Slip Pet Booties. They get 4 stars, and for a lot of people, they seem to do the trick.

Here’s what they look like on Wink. So far, so good. 

But here’s where the trouble starts.

bootie walk

Notice how his back is hunched when he walks. (No, this is not his potty dance.) He’d pick his feet up high with each step and hold that paw a bit to the side before stepping again.

I’d say before we’d gone more than 10 meters, the booties started falling off. I’d taken the time to snuggly fasten them so there was no more room to snuggly fasten more. These also caused him to repeatedly trip which resulted in him smacking his face hard on the ground each time.

Both he and I were glad to get the rest of these off so we could continue getting safely back home before he cracked his jaw on the pavement.

I’m not saying these are poorly made; they’re not. And your mileage may vary. But these were a no-go for us.

Not willing to give up, I went back to the drawing board. Here’s what I came up with.

home-made-booties

 

First I put on the Grip Crew Socks with Non Slip/Anti Skid Soles for Babies. Then I wrapped them with the Duct tape to create an outer, waterproof bootie, and voila!

Wink walks normally with these and doesn’t seem bothered by them at all. Having returned from our first walk successfully–feet dry, no booties fell off–these will be my new go-to for our walks.

I will admit, I had to cut the tape to get them off, but I