Tammy and Teddy's
In 1997 my dog, Tammy, was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy Disease
(“DM”) and she passed away in September of 2004. For seven years she
suffered with this disease and during that time I searched for ways to make
things easier for her. When her hind feet began knuckling, I purchased a cart
from Eddie’s Wheels and boots from a local pet store ($25.00). After one trip
to my mailbox (approximately 100 ft) the boots were worn through.
My second attempt at boots for Tammy was a purchase over the internet ($40). They lasted through one walk.
After investing over $100 in various boots with little to no success I decided to try my hand at making them myself. Since cement and dragging feet are not a good mix (scrapes the skin to the bone and destroys the toenails) and most fabrics do not hold up to the dragging either, it took me between 20-30 prototypes before I found a successful formula. I finally settled on a 4 layer design which consists of fleece or cotton on the inside against the dog’s foot, the second layer is a waterproof nylon with leather over the toe area and finally over the leather, liquid rubber.
My second “adventure” with making booties was for a Corgie named Teddy. She also had DM and passed away in December of 2004. I say “adventure” because this was definitely a challenge because Corgies have their own unique problem with booties. They are extremely hard to keep on because of the design of their legs and feet (they are straight and thick). Teddy’s quality of life was greatly improved with her new booties.
All of my booties are custom designed for each individual dog as I have found that no two dogs have the same size/shape paws and each has their own unique needs and medical condition (tumors, broken toes, etc.).
My booties are a legacy to Tammy and Teddy. I wish to improve the lives of
other dogs who have difficulty walking and have sore paws.