Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dirty Feet

Parker continues to enjoy his walks, though the smoke from the forest fires in British Columbia cause him to stand in one place and conduct a great deal of sniffing. For the most part, though, he wanders along, smelling the plants along the way, listening to the traffic and looking at the birds. He has acquired a number of admirers who see him and call to him. He goes to them to be fussed over. Most who notice him have a pleasant - or surprised - comment to make.

But I’ve noticed something as well, something about Puck’s toes. He has a grey patch on the front of each foot. As he walks it grows darker (dirtier, probably) but the white of his feet does not become discernibly dingier. I wonder if it has to do with something else, perhaps blood-flow; he is certainly getting exercise. I know nothing of such biological matters, so it is probably just dirt. But once home, the orange-boy cleans himself and relaxes. Discoloured toes or not, he loves his walks.


15 comments:

  1. maybe there's a gray gene in his ancestry and he inherited it
    on the toes only !! ??? ☺☺♥♥

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  2. You may be correct about blood flow causing the change in the color of the gray patch on Parker's paws. After all, the points in Siamese and similar breeds of cats are caused by changes in blood flow.

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  3. Dirty or not, they are cute :)

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  4. That is a strange one, I would think that if he had a blood flow problem he would not be keen to go out for walks. I am glad that he is enjoying the walks while you still have nice weather.

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  5. Now that IS a puzzle. Does he wash his feet too? Would he allow you to perhaps pass a cloth over at least one?

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    1. He does wash his feet. He's a very clean fellow. He gives himself a grooming after being outside, and I brush him.

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  6. Is the nail on the shaded toe more protruded? Is it just the hair or Is it the underlying tissue that becomes darker as well?
    If you can sit on the floor and observe his gait at floor level you may be able to get some idea as to why the color change occurs.

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    1. Good questions. I'm not sure how I'd tell if the skin underneath changes colour, but I'll bet it does.

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  7. We agree with pilch92, whether his toes are dirty or not, they ARE cute.

    We're delighted he's enjoying his walks so much, and positive garnering attention in the process too. :-)

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  8. Oh that is wonderful that Parker is so enjoying his outings!

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  9. Parker not only receives exercise from his walks but one-on-one time with you!

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  10. That is a puzzle, but as it is the same on both feet it may just be the way he walks and gets his toes dirty.

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  11. Whatever causes the difference in color, he's simply adorable. Glad he's enjoying the evening walks despite the smoke.

    Apparently it's raining on the Vancouver Island today...hopefully it will dampen the fires.

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