A video of a police dog struggling to walk in his new winter boots has people everywhere giggling.
Jary is a Belgian Malinois who joined the Rapid City Police Department in South Dakota in 2016. He and his handler, Officer Matt Hower, have worked together for the past two years.
The 5-year-old pup is very social and friendly, and lives with Hower in his home.
“He’s pretty much a lap dog,” Howard says, even though he’s almost 100 pounds.
Jary got a new addition to his uniform this winter, and he seemed… a little alarmed by them.
The boots are made of nylon, and are necessary to help protect Jary’s paws from salt, ice, and snow now that winter has officially settled in.
As anyone who has ever tried to put footwear on a dog can attest, shoes can throw off a dog’s balance and can be difficult to adjust to, as the pads of a dog’s paws have a natural grippiness.
“He’s worn them before but these ones are particularly new,” Officer Hower said in the interview below. “I went ahead and tried ’em on, and we just all got a good laugh.”
After Jary’s new boots are on, he starts lifting his legs laughably high, as if to shake off what’s on his paws.
But he can’t get them off.
He lopes forward a few paces, a bit confused, and then just freezes with his right paw in midair for quite some time. He has no idea what in the heck is on his paws and what to do about it.
It’s not until a police officer helps him stop focusing on the booties by having him trot around the room and fetch a toy that Jary momentarily forgets what’s going on with his feet and resumes a somewhat normal gait.
But then he’s back to lifting his feet up slowly, almost marching, as he walks back across the room with the toy in his mouth.
While his fellow police officers definitely find it amusing, they also encourage Jary as he gets used to his new footwear.
Watch the video of Jary’s boot adventure in the video below!
Hope For Paws arrived in the area where the dog was sighted and saw him lying peacefully on the sidewalk. When they approached him, he did not run away and eagerly ate the cheeseburger they offered him. After a few moments of petting and feeding, the volunteer gently looped a leash around his neck.
They decided to name him Everest because of his size. Hope For Paws posted on Facebook, “Even though he looks like a big guy, Everest is actually super skinny, and he was not doing well on the streets.” The first step was to bring the gentle giant in for a bath and a wellness exam.
As the volunteers were bathing him, they found multiple foxtails embedded in his fur. Each one had to be removed separately. Everest seemed depressed and showed no excitement or joy. After his bath, he was exhausted and slept well for the first time in months.
One volunteer said, “he is the most zen dog.” Everest was extremely friendly and looking for a forever home. The perfect match came through for Everest when a couple from Oregon submitted an adoption application. The couple already has two other dogs, Bonnie and Clyde, with Clyde being a therapy dog. They were interested in Everest and would train him to be a therapy dog as well.
Everest was off on the 1,000-mile journey to his new home. The volunteers who rescued him from the streets flew with him from Los Angeles to Oregon. When they arrived at his new home, Everest was immediately greeted by his new brother and sister.
It was an instant connection, and Everest was overjoyed. The snow brought out Everest’s playful nature. He played in and with the snow, pausing only to eat a little snow before taking off again. He knew that he was home, and he could not be happier.
The volunteer stated, “I have never seen a dog at home so fast.” Everest, after he completes his therapy training, will bring smiles to the faces of children when he and Clyde visit them in the hospital. What a happy ending for all!
Watch the rescue of Everest and the first time he meets his new family below.