Lorraine Walston couldn’t stand watching her 14-year-old Rottweiler Woodrow slip and slide across her family room floor. Stricken with hip dysplasia, the pup had trouble standing, and sometimes even walking.
“I went to my vet, and he told me to carpet my entire house,” Walston tells PEOPLEPets.com. “I went to the pet store, and all they could offer were hiking boots.” So she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Using baby socks and grip-enabled fabric from a yardage store, Walston created her own no-slide socks. “I got a look of sheer confusion from him when I put them on, but he stood up, and could run,” she says. “Doing that, and seeing what those socks did for him, made me want to market them.”
Now, Walston’s Power Paws, as they’re called, are sold around the world ($20 per pair) in a variety of colors and sizes – and even have a celebrity following. Good for up to three months (but not necessarily intended for outdoor use), they come in holiday themes, as well.
But what’s more is that they’re really making a difference in the lives of many dogs. “People call in tears saying their dog can move again,” Walston says. “There’s just nothing better in life.”
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