Just because I occasionally blog dogs doesn't mean I have all the answers. I make no claims to being an expert. Or even qualified to give advice, but it's the internet, and my blog, so I can do as I please. Sometimes, I have a lot to say.
Sometimes, though, all I have are questions.
One thing I've been wondering about lately is feet. I've mentioned before that I worry about Prada's feet--she can't afford to be down any more. But is she? Prada definitely dislikes having her feet handled, and more strongly than a lot of other dogs I've met. But is that because she's a tripod, or is it just a quirk of her personality? Plenty of dogs don't like their feet being handled, after all.
That then, leads me to wonder if perhaps tripods and other dogs with altered mobility are statistically more likely to have an aversion to their feet being touched. There's anecdotal evidence that they are more likely to fear slippery floors, as Prada does, so it doesn't seem like such a stretch for the caution to extend from the dog's environment to their body.
Anybody have an anecdote? Ideas? A deep-seated need to tell me this is a stupid question?
(True: If manipulating something with your hands is called "handling," I vote that manipulating something with your feet should be called "footing." Or am I the only person who will try to reach something I've dropped with my feet so I don't have to get off the couch?)