In light of recent events in Colorado, Beckett would like to remind outdoorsey dog owners to invest in a pair of friggin’ dog boots. Cut or sore paws are about the most predictable canine trail injuries, not an unforseen cataclysm that should necessitate abandoning your dog on a 14,000 foot peak.
We just did 60 miles with Beckett in notoriously tough paw-country last week. He only wound up needing boots on two days (Mount Washington was actually far worse), but we spent several weeks in advance of the hike teaching him that boots and/or disposable booties were ok to wear. You don’t want to pull that stuff on your dog for the first time on the trail.