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German Crimefighting Dogs To Wear Shoes February 26, 2008

Posted by Michael in Crime.

I know, you’re thinking the Germans are crazy.

Well, they are crazy, of course, but this may actually be a good idea.

BERLIN – Police dogs in the western city of Duesseldorf will no longer get their feet dirty when on patrol — the entire dog unit will soon be equipped with blue plastic fiber shoes, a police spokesman said Monday.”All 20 of our police dogs — German and Belgian shepherds — are currently being trained to walk in these shoes,” Andre Hartwich said. “I’m not sure they like it, but they’ll have to get used to it.”


Surely even Germans could have come up with something more stylish. Why are these dogs being forced to suffer this indignity?

The problem is drunks.

The unusual footwear is not a fashion statement, Hartwich said, but rather a necessity due to the high rate of paw injuries on duty. Especially in the city’s historical old town — famous for both its pubs and drunken revelers — the dogs often step into broken beer bottles.

The problem is exacerbated by cobblestone streets, which are difficult to clear of glass debris.

My hat is off to the Dusseldorf police for making an extra effort to protect their canine crimefighting friends.

German police dogs to wear shoes – MSNBC.com


1. Michael - February 26, 2008

Hello from Texas, by the way. I’m on another business trip this week, so please excuse any inattention to my Site Administration duties while I am away from home.

2. Dex - February 26, 2008

Welcome to God’s Country!

3. skinbad - February 26, 2008

I don’t like German shepherds. Couple of bad experiences will do that to you. But this is kind of a cool (old) crimefighter video:

4. Dex - February 26, 2008

So tonight my daughter dropped a piece of her cookie on the floor. My German Shepherd was right there to claim what was rightfully his – floor food. Daughter decided she really wanted that cookie and went for it, one hand on his nose, the other trying to peel back his lips. The dog just looks at my wife like, “Little help, here?”. Wife extricates the child, who only weight 1/3 what the dog does, and he finishes eating the cookie.

That’s a good dog.

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6. eddiebear - February 26, 2008

If it were truly a German, the dog would be wearing brown socks and sandals in the summer.

Trust me, I have seen it.

7. Cathy - February 26, 2008

*giggle…and shudder*

8. kevlarchick - February 26, 2008

Enjoy the weather down there Michael. Up here it’s still deep winter. Tired of it!

9. Dave in Texas - February 26, 2008

Well, enjoy it as much as you can. Yesterday it was 95 with winds from the south gusting to 60. Today it’s 43 with winds gusting from the north to 60. There’s 67 tons of West Texas blowing back and forth in the air, a fine brown haze.

The knee is getting a little pissy about all of this.

But, to KC’s point, it ain’t snowing.

10. lauraw - February 26, 2008

There’s a trail I used to like to walk with the dogs, with a nice short climb up to a cliff with a good view of the area. Local kids go up there and smash bottles everywhere. Place is ruined.

11. Pupster - February 26, 2008

Hob-nailed jack boots are on back-order. Those plastic booties are teh ghey.

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