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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Dog Booties

Sorting dog booties is an endless task. There are two types of booties: NEW and USED.

We receive NEW booties in bags of 100 - either small, medium or large. We then put same-sized booties into convenient "dog packs" (sets of four). We will have enormous piles of small, medium or large "dog packs". Before packing dog booties for a race we then look at the individual dogs that make up the racing teams. Let's say the RED TEAM is: Boondocks, Chipper, Olivia, IV, Scooter, Bonita, Tatfish, Biscuit, Mac, Boris, Mismo and Woody. The first four dogs wear smalls, the next four dogs wear medium and the last four dogs wear large. So, we take a gallon Ziplock bag and fill it with 4 SM, 4 MED and 4 LG "dog packs" - those bags are only for that team. Obviously the BLACK TEAM will have different dogs and different sized booties.

USED booties are any booties taken off a dog's feet. Some of these booties are ruined after 50 miles and have holes. These are normally thrown away or sometimes used as giveaways. The booties that are still good will be dried, sorted into sizes and made into "dog packs". We use these for training runs. The number of dog booties generated throughout a season of training is enormous.

We found a video from December 2009 about booties!

If you are interested in checking out some of our older videos see the video archive section down the right hand side of the doglog.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! SPK certainly has a full referrence file of dog data!!!

Checking further into the awesome research capabilities of this website - here's another bootie SPK video:


Nessmuk said...

Fortunately you don't have to worry about "left" and "right" booties!! That's certainly a lot of booties to keep track of!!

marilyn cozzens said...

My goodness so many booties. I read in one of your earlier postings/videos that you have to have your gloves off when you put booties on the dogs. How do you keep your fingers from freezing?

Anonymous said...

Mini-snow flakes this morning in CT, thanks so much for this video about dog booties.

At least when it gets cold around here now, I can always pretend I'm...in Alaska!!!



Lourdes, VT said...

It is always amazing to see how much the dogs respond to the word 'Ready?'. Wow, the bootie task is simply ENORMOUS!!!! One more reason to be a fan of you all!!! Lots of love :)

Julie Schoch said...

HI. Loved the bootie video. Where can I order some of these for my dog? thx Julie