We got slammed by snow today in Philadelphia, so of course the dogs and I had to head out in the middle of the blizzard to play and lose balls in the snow (Solo's got the world's worst nose and never finds them; Fly doesn't even notice they're gone). The Border Collies went out in their birthday suits, and Skeeter in his spiffy plaid wool fuzzy lined horse blanket coat from Foggy Mountain, but not booties. I haven't been able to find booties yet that will fit his tiny feet.
We were outside for about an hour. I checked Skeeter frequently for cold, unhappiness, shivering, but he would squirm to be let back down. He porpoised over snowdrifts taller than he was and ran and barked and Skeetered around like a maniac until just before we went inside when he deflated and began shivering, so I had to carry him home, breaking the little snowballs out of his feet as we went.
Once home, all three dogs sacked out, exhausted and I rubbed the knots out of my leg muscles. I had to look at Skeeter and be impressed even the Border Collies were worn out, but he'd gotten five times the exercise they had just trying to keep up. It was difficult enough for me to walk through the snow that was above my ankles I can't believe Skeeter managed it. Walking home from the park must have been like climbing Everest for him.
I learned that I need to monitor him and make sure he doesn't overdo it and deflate like he did today I can see how such a tiny dog could go from fine to in a lot of trouble very quickly. But I also learned that Skeeter is way hardier than he looks. Don't be fooled by the frilly ears and tail or the shiny black stuffed animal eyes. Skeeter is one tough little maggot indeed.

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We got slammed by snow today in Philadelphia, so of course the dogs and I had to head out in ... from Foggy Mountain, but not booties. I haven't been able to find booties yet that will fit his tiny feet.

What about Muttluks? They have a boot that is called "Itty Bitty" and it's for Chis and toy poodles. www.muttluk.com, though if you go to www.kvvet.com you get them cheaper than the muttluk site and you don't have to give up your SS# for customs. It doesn't show up if you search the KVvet site, but if you go through apparel you can find it. They have the winter one (the red ones) and the all weather (the yellow). Through the muttluk site you can get red, green or all black winter ones, but right now on the KVvet site they are just offering all black. Another site, um, Jake's Dog House, i think, something like that has the cheapest price I've seen for them (26? bucks) but they just had the itty bitty size and a really large size.
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Another site, um, Jake's Dog House, i think, something like that has the cheapest price I've seen for them (26? bucks) but they just had the itty bitty size and a really large size.

OUCH!
dogbooties.com has booties in xs sizes and will custom-make booties for you, as well, and theirs are all under $2.00/bootie. However, they're mushing-style sack-type booties, while Muttluks are shaped and have reinforced soles and are rather heavy-duty.

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Another site, um, Jake's Dog House, i think, something like ... had the itty bitty size and a really large size.

OUCH! dogbooties.com has booties in xs sizes and will custom-make booties for you, as well, and theirs are all under $2.00/bootie. However, they're mushing-style sack-type booties, while Muttluks are shaped and have reinforced soles and are rather heavy-duty.

IMHO, I vastly prefer the dogbooties.com's sack type of bootie over Muttluks. Muttluks are overkill and the extra stuff just gets twisted around and heavy when wet. Pablo wore his spandura w/ stretchy velcro booties all last winter. He has thin, fine fur on his feet and wearing dog booties made all the difference in his level of happy campering.

I need to make an order from dogbooties right away. Pablo still has his booties (well worn and heavily patched but still serviceable) from last year but Zeffie's old booties are waay too big for Lucy-Goose. I suspect this cold winter snap will last until I receive my order.

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I need to make an order from dogbooties right away. Pablo still has his booties (well worn and heavily patched ... booties are waay too big for Lucy-Goose. I suspect this cold winter snap will last until I receive my order.

Gack! We know from experience that your dog booties are the harbingers of mild weather. Get thee hence, evil booties, and spoil not my way big fun.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

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Another site, um, Jake's Dog House, i think, something like ... had the itty bitty size and a really large size.

OUCH! dogbooties.com has booties in xs sizes and will custom-make booties for you, as well, and theirs are all under $2.00/bootie. However, they're mushing-style sack-type booties, while Muttluks are shaped and have reinforced soles and are rather heavy-duty.

thanks for the link! i just ordered booties for my two beasts. they're having a lot of trouble with the salt and ice on the sidewalks. i think it must sting. i end up with gimpy dogs on walks. much happier price than muttlucks!

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dogbooties.com has booties in xs sizes and will custom-make booties for you, as well, and theirs are all under $2.00/bootie.
I've tried to contact them four, count 'em, FOUR times to special order booties (because the smallest size they make normally is twice the size Skeeter needs) and no answer. Not by phone, and all my emails bounce. Have you ever had any luck special ordering from them? Because I want to order booties from them not only for Skeeter but for the big(ger) guys.

Harley had Muttluks, IIRC hers were size "itty-bitty." Her feet were larger than Skeeter's so I figured Muttluks would not fit him. Solo has a set and I don't like the way they become soggy almost immediately they also come off. Fly has some Muttluk knock-offs I got from Petedge that aren't made of real leather but function just as well.

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I've tried to contact them four, count 'em, FOUR times to special order booties (because the smallest size they make ... no answer. Not by phone, and all my emails bounce. Have you ever had any luck special ordering from them?

I've never ordered from them - I'm fortunate to have dogs with very good feet (typical of the breed). I do know people who order from them in bulk (several hundred at a time - mushers tend to regard booties as disposable) and are happy with them.
Looking at the ads at sleddogcentral.com, it looks like you could also try gearfordogs.com, kondosoutdoors.com, nordkyn.com, and a bunch of other places.

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OUCH!

I bought 2 sets of Muttluks at a going out of business sale for half price. I don't think that I would have paid full price for them, though, even though they're really good quality and probably worth it if my dogs needed booties on a more regular basis.

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