Every large breed dog owner knows how their dogs don’t know their own weight or strength. No matter what they are doing, dogs run around without a care in the world and some even use human beings as comfy cozy seat cushions or leaning polls. However, there is one danger that all large breed dog owners forget until the playing gets wild and someone gets hurt – the human.
Now I am not talking about getting plowed over as though you are a paper in the wind – like my husband when he went stomach first on a patch of ice as Cheyenne was running from her big sister (all I heard was the thump and saw my husband sprawled out on his face). What I am talking about are those delicate things attached to your legs – your feet people!
It seems my own Lab Brats know exactly when mommy’s feet are bare and not properly tucked under her own body or the chair. No matter if it is 70lbs or 84lbs (with the largest paws I have ever seen on a Labrador Retriever), it still hurts and the pain is even worse when you are left hobbling from one foot to the other because one of the dogs were genius enough to get both of your feet while throwing you aside to grab the Frisbee from their canine sibling. Yes people, my Dakota must be a genius because, although I have two feet, she stepped on my feet 3 times in one single run past me!! I had no choice but to double over onto the dining room table while my husband’s almost wet his pants. (No, he is not very helpful during such situations.)
So I beg you – please protect those tootsies and put some shoes on or tuck them under you before you start to play with your dog – you only have two of them and I doubt most large breed dogs can even feel them under the giant hooves! Heck, we are only here to pet, feed, and throw the ball for our beloved dogs – what do we need feet for anyway!