Is It A Scottie Obsession?

See what I’m doing? Licking my foot. Sometimes it’s the right foot, sometimes it’s the left. Seems I do this a lot. It’s kind of like an obsession of some kind.

Last night, right in the middle of a really good snooze…a middle-of-the-night kind of snooze…I started doing this. Right beside Her ear. Then, I licked the pillow. Right beside Her ear.

Do you lick your feet? I’ve heard it’s a Scottie thing, but I’m not so sure. I’m not convinced that it’s not a canine thing. Wait…I’ve seen cats lick their feet, too. Whassup with that?

What You Learned Today:

  • Sometimes I lick my toes. A lot.
  • Maybe I need a pedicure?
  • Naw, Dogtor Elliott just did my toenails a couple of weeks ago. That can’t be it.
  • Do you lick your toes and feet a lot? Like moi?
  • Wonder why?
  • Oh…and hey, before I forget, last Saturday’s “Where in the World?” was Bermuda. Specifically, Warwick Long Bay. On the South Shore. I think the Peeps are going to add a “Peeps’ Page” with some more pictures of Bermuda, so hop on up to the navigation bar, pull down the “My Peeps’ Pages” tab and take a look sometime. If you want. (I told Her to make a little slideshow for you…and She usually does what I say.)

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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40 Responses to Is It A Scottie Obsession?

  1. YES, we lick our paws all the time. Sidebite does it a lot, says he has to have clean feet before a nappie poo our going to bed at night. Me, just making sure all the furs are in order!

  2. katie says:

    Licking the feet in not normal – it could be grass/grass mite allergy or even a yeast/fungal infection. Do the feet smell sweet? What I would suggest is: with blunt-end scissors cut out as much as the fur between the pads as possible. Do any of the areas’s look red or have a funny sweet odor? First thing you could do is try rubbing some Gold Bond Medicated Powder between all the pads. You could also try using baby wipes to clean between the pads – also could be a food allergy.

    There are many things it could be – you could also go to my group page on Facebook called WESTIES HEALTH — FROM EARS TO TAIL – we have addressed this issue a lot –

    All the best,

  3. Bonnie the wee Scottie says:

    Bonnie used to lick her feet ALL the time….turned her feet furs reddish. During her checkup, the vet found she had a fungus. Treated her for that, and now no licking. It’s peaceful to sleep through the night now. We had even resorted to the dreadful funnel of shame ay night. Have you vet check for fungus. Apparently it’s common in pups with furry feeties.

  4. Bonnie the wee Scottie says:

    Oh….forgot to say….now we wipe both Bonnie and Kenzie’s paws after walkies and we don’t go to the public dog park anymore. Seemed every time we took them, one or the other got sick. We have a private park we use that is MUCH cleaner and monitored.

  5. Kyla says:

    I’m a licker sometimes. He hates it when He lies down where I used to be and there’s a cold wet spot that I left. Kenzie doesn’t lick his feet, he licks peep’s feet (and faces, elbows, knees, thighs ……). Maybe our peeps should check themselves for fungus? The peeps could put the Gold Bond and baby wipes between their pads. I’ll bring it up to Them.

  6. Bentley the Scottie says:

    Bentley licks his feet now all the time….the vet says it is allergies because it is not all year he does this. I give him 1/2 a zyrtec and it seems to help. Also using the baby wipes every time we come in from a walk helps!

  7. Alyssa says:

    You sure look cute licking those toes… I’ve caught Foxy doing this once but not as a habit. Scruffy likes to lick the covers when she lays on top of them in bed or if we are having a nap. I hate that. Who wants a wet spot?
    Alyssa, Mr. Fox & Scruffy

  8. Lee says:

    Well I have been licking one toe a lot, seems it got stung by something and it lost it furs and is kind of big. Oh me what will happen next?
    Sweet William The Scot

  9. Bonnie the wee Scottie says:

    We use just plain water to wash the Scottie feeties around here….the girlies don’t like the packaged wipes. No soap, nothing…just a wet wash cloth.

  10. Dougall says:

    I lick my feets, and so does my uncle Fergus. My human told me it was a Scottie thing…

  11. Daisy says:

    We lick our feet sometimes, too. We didn’t know it was a scottie thing….

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  12. noodledog says:

    Noodledog will lick a front foot, and leave a giant wet spot under her foot, She doesn’t do it all the time, but when she does, her foot gets sprayed with DermAllay oatmeal conditioner, and she stops. The dogtor says its allergies, Noodle says its a habit she started when she lived in the little cage, and her feet were the only toys she had. Sweet William should try the epsom salts, its great stuff to take swelling away. Just make sure to rinse the foot with plain water after the soak

    Noodledogs’ mom

  13. edgar says:

    i’m late weighing in on this stu…we were on vacation and just now checking up on things. i, like many of the others, lick my paws in the fall when allergies set in…i get itchy everywhere and if i’m not licking my pawpaws i’m scratching somewhere else!


  14. joulesandprescott says:

    I like to lick my feet a lot! So much my feets turn pinky-brown, and strangers say it’s cute but makes mama sad. Do your feet turn cool colors when licked? Bol!
    Your fellow beard, Joules

  15. christina says:

    my doggies lick their paws too!! we call it “bacon paw” because they are so into it that their paws must take so delcious like bacon!! i will be looking at their paws when i get home now, all these comments about fungus are freaking me out a little bit!

  16. I very seldon lick mypaws…unless they need ashing…Fergie is always likin,washing and chewing on her tooties….yuck! Leaving wet spots everywhere…y’all think it could be a nutriant missing in her systemmm…(heavy thnking on my tiny brain). Just thinkin,

    Georgie B

  17. grouchoandt says:

    Maybe it’s a Scottish dog thing because I do it A LOT. It drives Her a little bit crazy because my paws end up smelling a bit awful (well, I think they smell fine but She has a funny human sense of smell). The dog-ter says there’s nothing wrong with my paws so She has decided it’s just a habit I have. It could be worse, I think – I could be a barker, I could be a chewer. Geez, seriously, what’s wrong with licking the paw????



  18. Angus and Molly says:

    Hey Stuart….your buddy Angus here. I’m a licker…..I like to lick my feet at random times throughout the day or evening. “She” often calls me “Licky-Von-Lickster”. Molly doesn’t do it ever…..just me. I think I just like having clean paws….what can I say 🙂 Oh and I also like to sniff her leg….and give it a lick. Apparently “she” doesn’t like it so much. Something about a cold, wet nose gently touching her leg. Whatever dudes…..I just like to sniff people.

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