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I did some hiking in the high desert with Violet this week, and at one point had to remove a thorny prickle from her paw. This has me thinking about boots.

I have never had a dog find boots exceptable, but I’ve never tried leather moccasins or walkie paws (dog leggings). Anyone have any suggestions? How about some of you that live in Arizona or New Mexico?

I am not especially worried about snow or rain or forest, but I am concerned with thorns and prickles. Any thoughts on leather?

Here is a photo of her in just a regular grassy field with nice gopher smells. (I missed my hiking photo ops, a sure sign I was having a good time.)

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Thank you for the beautiful photo. We did camp in New Mexico and Arizona, and those Goats Head Burrs are terrible. Poor Charlie had bloody feet within minutes. It was hard to find good boots for big feet . He is amazing about keeping them on. Wore out two pairs in no time at all. I recently found the RuffWear boots in a store, but the very thing that made the sole so great means that the heel parts are terribly stiff. Charlie tried them on in the store and had trouble walking, and he is used to boots and does not mind them much.
 

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I have used Ruffwear boots with Misha. They stay on well if you tighten them a lot. But a wearing them a lot created some small calluses on his knuckles where he lost hair. I have gotten him the socks to wear to hopefully alleviate this problem but haven't had a chance to test it. The hair has grown back though so I should.
Socks too! makes sense, that is what turned me off of the RuffWear.
 
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