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The Shoe Problem August 24, 2013

Filed under: Man's Best Friend — Wiley Schmidt @ 8:17 pm

Stupid is as stupid does. You have to do the best with what God gave you. Mama always said dying was a part of life…I sure wish it wasn’t. I agree with Forrest, Forrest Gump on many of life’s philosophies. His take on life was so simple many people confused him for being stupid, but I recognize the wisdom in his simplicities a mile away.

I definitely agree with his theory about people and their shoes. “You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes,” he said, “where they’re going, where they’ve been.” Us canines have kind of a love affair with shoes. I know this is probably strange to consider since we don’t wear them (I know they make them for us – I avoid them at all costs), but that definitely doesn’t negatively impact our infatuation.Deep Thinking is Simple

As with anything one becomes obsessive about, I realize (and apologize) that some of us sometimes go overboard to show our affection. It’s simply a miscommunication of our feelings, you see, a simple misunderstanding. I know I can’t speak for all of us, but I don’t rip the beautiful white stuffing out of my favorite toys because I hate them and want them to be thrown away. I do it for love. Adventure. Excitement.

The same goes for shoes. (Again, I know I am not speaking for all canines, but) at least as far as I’m concerned, what some of us have been known to do to that favorite pair of shoes is rooted more in our love for our people than our anxiety. Think about it. Your choice of shoes tells us where you’re going (and whether we’re coming along) as well as where you’ve been (heaven forbid you didn’t take us along). And your favorite shoes? We love those because they smell so much like your most natural people smell, which I personally just can’t get enough of.

So I’ve never been a destroyer of people shoes. While I have the urges, I don’t see the point. I’m not on board for anything that brings sadness or frustration into the world, and I know that’s what would happen if I killed a pair of my people’s shoes. That, and they tell us so much without saying a single word.

I’m a simple dog like that. And thanks to that wiseย Forrest, Forrest Gump I know that simple is as simple does.


23 Responses to “The Shoe Problem”

  1. huntmode Says:

    I saw the daily prompt and knew immediately which pair of shoes I’d pick, Wyles. They date back to 1974 and I bought them in Italy. They were this fantastic color of red tile roofs, some sort of sandel with a heel – a strappy sexy pair of shoes. I wore them until they just could not be worn again and then I gave them a burial at least as good as one would for goldfish. There was one other pair – so sorry I didn’t buy five other pairs – Ecco clogs – oh my word, the comfort! Thanks for not chewing, Wyles. Knowing your Mom’s love of her shoes, a la the peeing on her leg story at the park – and your suspicion her concern was more for her shoes than her leg…..

    • Thank you for sharing with me such a great shoe story! I mean it when I say I believe that shoes speak for a person in some ways, and I think yours tell me you are adventurous and passionate. These are two very good people qualities, I’d say. ๐Ÿ™‚ That must contribute also to your fabulous memory, as you are right about that story about the dog park incident of which I do not speak. My mom does (indeed) love her shoes. Not as much as me, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Lots of love,

      • huntmode Says:

        Oh Wyles, that story about the park peeing on your Mom’s leg – both your buddy and you, has been passed forward to just about every dog owner I know, recruiting many readers for you, dear one! In fact, I got to see a brand new load of greyhounds coming in to be met by their new owners/foster people… there was one woman who was dressed in a long skirt and one of the greyhounds targeted her – twice! Made me instantly think of you! Best ~ HuntMode – and thanks for the compliment! I’ll take passionate and adventurous any day of the week. Grin.

      • Oh my goodness, dear HuntMode! It’s crazy to me to think my antics have made a name for me all the way in your neck of the woods. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so very much for sharing my stories (and joy) with your pals. That’s how change happens – one smile at a time.
        Lots of love,

  2. Nikitaland Says:

    We have never had a shoe fettish before. My sister Bella takes out her anxiety on the hallway rug. As for myself, I have not chewed anything since I was a puppy and destroyed it. I am a good doggie, Mommy’s favorite! (but don’t tell Bella I said that) I agree with you that we love our humans things because they smell like them, that is probably why Bella rolls around in the dirty clothes.

    • You’re secrets are safe with me, dear Nikita. And I know (from experience) you’re right about why Bella (that silly stinker) rolls around in the dirty clothes. We love the people smell! I can say this because I’m guilty of this behavior too, in spite of the inevitable scolding that happens. I’m a glutton for punishment as long as the benefits outweigh the costs. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Lots of love to you (and Bella)!

      • Nikitaland Says:

        The funnier thing Wiley, is when Mommy finds Daddy undies in the hallway or the kitchen and she knows exactly what Bella is into. Bella is always silly. As for me, I am a good girl, but that is probably because I am three years old and Bella is only one.

      • Oh the undies….well, I’m sure you’ve probably read my confessions about that…I love undies…I’m not proud of it. It’s very considerate of you to take such good care of Bella – she’s still just a puppy! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Nikitaland Says:

        Bella is really silly, isn’t she. We love both our doggies so much. They touch our heart every day with their love! And we love them back 110%!

      • Indeed – silly dogs can touch our hearts with their love. Beautifully put, dear friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. People get attached to their favorite shoes, so you’re making a wise decision not to cause that sadness, Wiles. Once Mom put doggie snow boots on me. I know she meant well, but my feet were orbiting my head when I tried to walk. Our outing ended with Mom digging through snow banks to find my boots.

    Love and licks,

    • Thank you, dear Cupcake, for sharing the story of the snow boots. I’ve heard similar horror stories in the past and often wondered how such a good idea can be so uncomfortable! I think it must be that we’re much to strong to need such things to keep us warm. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Lots of love,

  5. I love how Forrest Gump saw the world. Specially the advice of his mom:Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what youre gonna get. I think that counts for shoes too, they have a different meaning for every part of my furmily: They are treasures for my mom, money wasting for dad and a snack for me :o)

    • As usual, dear brother, you are spot on about the perspectives on shoes. The same can be said around here, I suppose…I just opt to stay away from the money-wasting treasures. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Lots of love,

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