Ich Bin Ein Berliner
February 26 | 1 Comment
I live in a glass house. Well, a house that has glass floors. Ok, they’re hardwood floors, but they might as well be glass. As an ‘experienced’ canine, these floors are akin to asking a 90 year old woman to walk down a stoop of stairs after an ice-storm. To help me, my parents got me boots to wear so my feet would grip the surface a bit better. I think they’re crazy, and it appears, so is the Berlin police department.
BERLIN – Police dogs in the western city of Duesseldorf will no longer get their feet dirty when on patrol – the entire dog unit will soon be equipped with blue plastic fiber shoes, a police spokesman said Monday.
“All 20 of our police dogs – German and Belgian shepherds – are currently being trained to walk in these shoes,” Andre Hartwich said. “I’m not sure they like it, but they’ll have to get used to it.”
He’s right, it does take getting used to. For instance, now when I walk in my own pee, I don’t even feel it.
The unusual footwear is not a fashion statement, Hartwich said, but rather a necessity due to the high rate of paw injuries on duty. Especially in the city’s historical old town – famous for both its pubs and drunken revelers – the dogs often step into broken beer bottles.
They’re not a fashion statement yet since Nike and Reebok haven’t gotten involved. When they do, rest assured, puppies being mugged for their footwear will be all the rage. Until that time comes my unfortunate canine brothers will look like they’re wearing orthopedic shoes…or worse…lifts.