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Germany’s finest: Dogs in blue (shoes)

Photo by Reuters

Photo by Reuters

Photo by AP

Photo by AP

Blame the Duesseldorf drunks — or thank them for their contribution to dog fashion.

In February, 2008, 20 police dogs in Germany were fitted with blue booties to protect their feet from the glass shards left by revelers on the cobblestone streets of  Duesseldorf’s old town.

Most of the pups involved in the program were, naturally, German Shepherds, though some Belgian Shepherds were recruited too.

According to police spokesman Andre Hartwich, the shoes were modeled on a variety  used by dogs for walking on ice in Alaska (I’m thinking we’re not talking Siberian huskies here). They’re made of woven plastic and cost 60 euros

Why blue? To match the human police uniforms, of course.

The dogs were given a month of training to get accustomed to their footwear.

Just wondering:

  • Were the Belgian Shepherds only included as part of a dog diversity program?
  • If the dogs do a good job on patrol, might they get promoted to detective status? If so, would they go undercover and have to forgo the footwear?
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  1. Rebecca Boren
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Actually, Siberian Huskies and other sled dogs do wear booties. At least when they are racing — all the Iditarod and Yukon Quest dogs have shoes to protect their feet from days of (sharp) ice and (cold) snow.
    I am assuming they are very, very macho booties.

  2. Posted April 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Ah yes, of course, Xtreme sportswear for Xtreme dog sports. I was picturing the huskies walking down the streets of Anchorage.

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