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January 24, 2013

And The Oscar Goes To… Eko!

As a puppy, Eko was an unparalleled actor.  Dogs would barely graze him at the park and he would howl like he had been shot.  At home he would dramatically sigh and flop to the ground, weak and unable to move… because dinner was five minutes late!

As a puppy, Eko was an unparalleled actor.  Dogs would barely graze him at the park and he would howl like he had been shot.  At home he would dramatically sigh and flop to the ground, weak and unable to move… because dinner was five minutes late!

These days Eko can definitely still whine with the best of them when he wants something, but I thought his best acting days were behind him.  That is until I broke out the dreaded dog boots I bought yesterday.

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With flair, Eko flopped next to the box.  “Anything, but the boots, Will!”

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While I was distracted with the camera, Eko made a dash to rid the world of  the boots once and for all.  Fortunately (or unfortunately, if you’re Eko) the boots survived the sneak attack

Eko let me put the boots on with the same enthusiasm a prisoner lets a guard put him in shackles.  We almost made it a block outside before Eko sprawled out in despair

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“I just can’t go on!”

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“My life is over!”

The key to dealing with divas is learning to speak their language.  In Eko’s case, that language is treats.  With a healthy dose of treats and encouragement, I was able to get Eko up and moving.

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We started with a brisk walk so Eko could get his paws under him

Rhodesian Ridgeback photoAnd before long Eko was dashing down the street by my side!

It certainly wasn’t pretty, but I think Eko did a great job on his first day out in boots.  We even got a bit of snow on our run so we could test out the treads.  Hopefully with a bit more practice Eko will be happy to wear the boots because he knows it means we’re going on an adventure!

Oh yeah, and OF COURSE I took some video of Eko’s first day in boots.  Check back tomorrow for a quick look at Eko’s transformation from looking like a four-legged stilt walker to romping full speed in the snow!

Comments for And The Oscar Goes To… Eko!

  1. I gotta tell ya…I am TOTALLY on Eko’s side on this one! 🙂

  2. Emmadog says:

    Maybe if you had bought brown or black he would not mind so much, these red ones stick out and I am sure he feels totally silly 😉

  3. Drats we are going out of town tomorrow! I will have to check in when I can!

  4. Judy says:

    Alot of beagles wear boots in the winter when they hunt to protect their feet. Mine know when the boots come out they are going hunting!!

  5. Gizmo says:

    You’re teasing us…I ws so looking forward to that video…you know I’ll be back tomorrow for sure…Eko as the picture of total despair is just too funny for words

  6. harrispen says:

    I can’t wait to see the video! Dogs always crack me up when they’re wearing boots.

    Cindy

  7. writetowag says:

    We could totally relate to this one. We purchased some EPIKS for Trev many years back. When we put the boots on him, well, it was unsuccessful to say the least. We actually have a succession of pictures of the whole process and Trev’s facial expressions are priceless. Will try to post it sometime in the near future. Anyway, congrats on getting the boots on and keeping them on!

  8. I was a drama queen once…..ok, maybe twice. See you tomorrow.

  9. Looking forward to the video – should be hilarious. Oh dear, Eko really is a great actor 🙂

  10. can’t wait for the video … this boots are made for walking….

  11. Sweet Eko you didn’t look happy at all in that 3rd picture. We were feeling for you but then as we scrolled on down and read we gotta say you did good in those boots. Chancy would have had them slung to parts unknown. lol Hugs and nose kisses

  12. Stuart says:

    I’m deprived. The peeps have NEVER tried to protect my precious feet with boots. Never. (Not that I’d like it of course, but it’s the thought that counts.)

    Aroooo! Stuart

  13. Whitney B. says:

    Love this! Sarge refused to move in his boots – not even treats could get him going. Eko looks adorable!

  14. Poor Eko, but at least they do the job. My friend Bud could do with those booties, he’s been having issues with ice caught in his paws

  15. dogdaz says:

    How embarrassing. I would eat them if I was you Eko — Sofie Bear

  16. onebluedog says:

    Good work, Eko! Treats do make most things bearable 🙂

  17. […] Before I even get into my story today, I have to thank Will and Eko at http://markingourterritory.wordpress.com/ for inspiring and encouraging me to post about Trev’s doggie boot experience. You see, last week, Will posted about Eko’s boot experience and I laughed so hard! Trev and I did our little dog boot dance years ago and we still laugh about it today. So, if you are not following Will and Eko already, please add this blog to your blog roll now and share in the laughs with me as Eko shows her “Diva” side: http://markingourterritory.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/and-the-oscar-goes-to-eko/ […]

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