“What’s going on with you Bear? I’ve never seen you dance like this!”
Bear danced back and forth. He hopped from foot to foot.
Finally Bear rolled on the ground. He grabbed his feet and moaned.
“What’s the name of this dance? Where did you learn it?” asked Amy.
“My feet. My feet,” Bear moaned.
“Look at my feet. Owwwwwwwwww,” Bear moaned louder.
“Your feet look the same. They’re no different than normal.
Then how come they burn. I can’t stand on them.”
Amy looked closer… she couldn’t see anything. She touched them.
“That hurt. Don’t do that again,” Bear winced in pain.
Amy looked at the creek. Then she looked at her dress.
Maybe water will help. I can carry some in my dress.
She brought water to Bear’s feet. She’d lost a lot.
“Well that’s as much water as I can carry this trip. How does that feel?
Cool. Soothing… more please.
It was dark. The stars shone.
Amy had spent all afternoon carrying water. She was tired.
“I’m going to rest beside you Bear. Your feet are they better?
Amy I’d like to stay off them until morning. Give them a chance to heal.
Because my paws are black you think they are tough. My paws are just like your skin… they can get hurt too… stickers… rocks… hot concrete, even dirt.
Do you know what happened? I think I do.
It was hot. You have shoes on and I don’t.
The heat burnt my feet. The ground, even though it was dirt, absorbed the sun’s rays.
I was keeping up with you. Like I always do… my head in the sun beams… playing with the sun bursts.
Not paying attention to the heat. Then it got me.
That’s when you said I was dancing. I wasn’t dancing.
I was trying to figure out a way to stop the pain. It wouldn’t stop.
So I rolled on the ground. My feet were toast!
Puppy in a Shoe!
We’d better tell our friends to be careful. This could happen to them.
We love them. We don’t want anybody to get hurt this way.
Everybody needs shoes in the heat. Especially us animals and dogs!
Look at these temperatures outside and what they register on different types of surfaces.
Outside Temperatures Ground Temperature Surface Type
95 degrees 84 Shade
95 degrees 145 Dirt
95 degrees 154 Gravel
95 degrees 162 Asphalt
Above temperatures registered with an infared thermometer on June 15, 2019.
At 125 degrees it takes 60 seconds for skin damage. Burnt paws!
We put ourselves in shoes. What about your puppy in a shoe?
Will your puppy be happy? Will your puppy smile?
Will your puppy smile like the one above? Will you forward this information to friends and family?
BearHugs til next week,
Amy and Bear