Earlier in the week as I was walking down the street with my dog Whacker the Wonder Basset Hound our conversation turned to the weather. We live in central Indiana so the temperature outside is cold this time of year. Colder than what it has been the last three years. The sidewalk was covered with ice crystals and Whacker made little scratch marks in it as we strolled along. He looked up at me and said “Dad you know my legs are only six inches long and because of this there are choice parts of my anatomy that touch the side walk.”. I ask if he wanted to walk in the grass and a quick 'NO that would be like needles” came out of his mouth. I questioned this response because I have seen him spend long periods tunneling in the snow. Surely these same items drug in the snow? Snow is different he told me I can't explain it it just is. So it begin a study on how to protect Whackers choice parts in the winter. My first thought was a dog coat. His response was quick “ How would a dog like me with a take no prisoners attitude look in a cute little coat. I let you tie a wool scarf around my neck last year and that was cool but it ends there.”. We came back inside and sat down to watch the evening news and thought that Scott Pelley would inspire us. Sure enough there was an advertisement for Macy's. The models all had on boots. Of course boots why didn't we think of it earlier. I got online and was amazed at the choices. From sporty tennis like shoes to shoes with cleats. They even sold gel insoles for the shoes. We settled on a granite colored pair made of Thinsulate with black rubber soles at a cost of $15.00 a pair. According to the dimensions he will have about ¾ inch clearance. I refused to pay the extra $40.00 for rush delivery. Whacker agreed. Till they come I just wrap the scarf down lower. He tells me when he has to relieve himself and I just unwrap. He laid down beside me on the bed to watch television and he looked up at me and said “ Dad you are my best friend. I don't know what I would do without you.”. I told him it worked both ways we are truly BFF.