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Bonzi’s Boots – Or “How I Got My Dog to Stop Making Messes in My Apartment”

Drastic weather calls for drastic measures, as I learned recently.

Bonzi is my 8-year old Puggle (Pug-Beagle mix), and he and I have lived through sweltering Georgia summers, and some pretty frigid winters in Indiana and Illinois. But it wasn’t until we relocated here to Mid-Missouri that I noticed his approach to the cold weather changed. When we got hit with our first substantial snowfall and the sub-zero temperatures, Bonz wanted no part of the outdoors. He’d take one step in the snow and that was it. “Game over, human, I’m claiming the recliner as my own for the rest of the night.”

To be perfectly honest, I was concerned about frostbite. But I was also concerned about “presents” being left for me throughout the apartment because he wouldn’t go outside to, you know, go.

With that in mind, I did something I never thought I would ever do: I bought boots for my dog.

Now, I want to make one thing clear. No one will confuse my dog with the dog of some millionaire spoiled socialite. “The Bonz” (trademark… maybe) isn’t walking around sporting diamond-studded UGGs or anything. I found some that fit him and we were on our way.

The first time I put them on him to actually go outside, he stood completely still for five minutes. He wasn’t outside, yet he froze…see what I did there? He’s eventually gotten used to the idea that he doesn’t really have a choice – if there’s snow on the ground, the boots go on – but that doesn’t mean he’s gotten used to the idea of actually walking in these things.

In fact, I had to shoot some video of what I’m calling the “Bonzi Boot Boogie”.

Bottom line: if it’s cold for you outside, it’s cold for your pets, too. Make sure your pet won’t suffer from frostbite or the chemical burns that can result from the salt that’s used to melt ice getting stuck in their paws.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, I give to you the “Bonzi Boot Boogie”.

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