These Boots are Made for Walkin'

My new guide dog "Nira" has been navigating the campus of the University of Iowa and she’s been sporting her red, velcro and nylon snow boots. Today’s guide dogs are trained to tolerate footwear since icy sidewalks are often covered with corrosive salts and chemicals that can harm feet. Obviously the sight of a big yellow Labrador in harness trotting along with her red booties is remarkable, particularly for college students who are delighted as Nira prances down the sidewalk like a circus pony. It has been below zero in Iowa all this week and the doggy boots have been valuable as we’ve marched along the banks of the frozen Iowa River. I hope to have some photos to share with you soon.  Avanti!


Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

0 thoughts on “These Boots are Made for Walkin'”

  1. I don’t know who’s more amazing, Nira or you. I wish I had a dog who’d let me put boots on her but NOOOOOO! My late great mixed terrier Barney would growl whenever I tried to put a sweater on him so as to better deal with the frozen tundra that is upstate New York. Nira has better sense, obviously. March on!


  2. I can only imagine the stir that you and Nira are making working through the campus with those booties on. Class had an action packed day in NYC yesterday and we thought of you as we all marched up and down Lexington Ave.


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