Local walks, global politics, and the adventures of a frolicsome border collie
posted by Jean at 11:27 PM
Jean, I have a dog-related question for you: there are a zillion dogs in New York City as you may know. I always wonder what it is like for their little paws to be constantly walking on concrete sidewalks--not to mention hot asphalt streets in the summer. Do you consider this dog abuse?
Hi Elizabeth,If the dog is clearly suffering from it, I would say it's abusive, yes. But it would show up in the form of damaged pads and limping, which the owner (and others) would notice. If the dog is walking normally I don't see it as a problem. Their pads can get toughened up by the process. There's a lot of greenery and open space where I live, but much of the karst terrain is hard and stony. Lyra's pads got a lot tougher after we moved here from Indiana. And I haven't had to clip her toenails once! The ground keeps them worn down to a healthy length.
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