The Hot Foot Test

My toes. Nice and cool.

You know how I love to “frog dog” with my toes splayed out the back like this.

Seeing my feet reminds me of what happened in front of my Godmother’s house not too long ago. A man and woman were talking. He had a dog on a leash. The three of them were standing on the hot sidewalk. The dog became restless after a while but the man jerked the leash every time the dog moved back and forth on the sidewalk.

Godmother Carol watched from inside her air conditioned house. It was hot outside. Very hot. The sidewalk was hot. Now, you KNOW the dog was hot, too. So were his feet. If you knew my Godmother, you’d know what happened next.

She took off out of the house, walked up to that man and said, “Excuse me, please take off your shoes.” The man just looked at her.  So, she said it again, “Please take off your shoes.” When he must have been thinking she was from Mars, she explained that the dog needed to get out of the sun and off of the hot sidewalk.  Clearly, she must have thought, he was guilty of animal cruelty.

The woman said, “I can feel the heat through the soles of my sandals.”

Can you imagine how hot that dog’s feet were?

So, the moral of this little story is this: if YOU can stand on a hot sidewalk and feel that it’s hot enough to fry an egg, DON’T walk your dog on it.

I have the best Godmother.

What You Learned Today:

  • Some people have no concept of anything or anyone but themselves.
  • Dogs are dogs, true, but dogs are people, too. (Really, we are. We just wear fur coats. All the time.)
  • Think before you act. “Will what I’m doing hurt my dog? Is it OK to do this with my dog? Is it too hot or cold for my dog?” You know, things like that. Try it sometime. Just ask yourself if it’s too ______ for your dog. Could your action cause harm?
  • OK, this might apply to cats, too.

About The Scottie Chronicles

Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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7 Responses to The Hot Foot Test

  1. Your Godmother is a smart lady – and we thank your Mom for getting the word out.

  2. Abigail says:

    You go girl!! I want to meet this lady

  3. scottishdogs says:

    You raise a good point, it’s not as if the dog could speak (and ask “please get me in shade/off the pavement”). We really like the sound of your Godmother, she a woman of action! Yo!


  4. Kendra, Daisy and Bella says:

    What a woman! Some pet owners just don’t think!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  5. Toby says:

    You know we love the toes…..

  6. Susan N. says:

    Well guess what Stuart – a week ago, while I was up on the table getting a haircut and trying my best to behave myself (well, not really), your Godmother Carol was telling my mom and the other lady who came in with her Scottie, that story – thanks to her, maybe that man will think the next time he takes his dog for a walk!

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