The Portland Police Department in Maine is protecting the feet of its furriest members this winter, though wearing shoes doesn’t appear to be in their nature.
A video of two Portland police dogs getting adjusted to their new winter boots, which police said are meant to protect their feet from salt and sand, had amassed over 13,000 views on Facebook as of Friday morning.
In the video, K-9 Barni and K-9 Trixie take turns prancing around in a fashion that one Facebook user commented would make any villain “drop to the ground laughing.”
Officers noticed that exposure to rock salt was harming Barni’s feet while he works in the transportation sector, officer Michelle Cole told Boston.com. The shoes will protect Barni’s feet from the elements, while giving Trixie — one of the department’s older canines — traction and stability on slippery floors.
Cole said officers will gradually introduce the shoes during training exercises.
“They were both confident in wearing them, although it was kind of awkward,” she said. “[It’s] definitely something foreign that they’ve never had on their feet before.”
Barni and Trixie received their new kicks a month after a video went viral showing K-9 Jary of the Rapid City Police Department in South Dakota testing out snow boots and experiencing the same trouble as his Portland counterparts.