As always it is raining here in the UK, but my little boy still wants to go out and play! So it is raincoat and wellies time. But what about the dog? Will he be OK or should I get him a raincoat and wellies as well? Well before I buy him some, I thought I would start by looking at how other animals look in them first…
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts about Shoes
10 – “You just know I make these look FAB-U-LOUS!”
FACT: The history of human development shows that the importance of protecting the foot was early recognised. Records of the Egyptians, the Chinese and other early civilisations all contain references to shoes. The shoe is repeatedly mentioned in the Bible and the Hebrews used it in several instances with a legal significance, notably in binding a bargain.
9 – “Do I look like I want to go splashing in puddles and ponds?”
FACT: Shoes all over the world were identical until the nineteenth century when left and right-footed shoes were first made in Philadelphia.
8 – “While springing around I like to try to stay dry.”
FACT: In Europe, it wasn’t until the eighteenth century that women’s shoes were different from men’s.
7 – “One size fits all is rubbish!”
FACT: Wellington boots are also known as rubber boots, wellies, wellingtons, topboots, billy-boots, gumboots, gumbies, gummies, rainboots, gavin’s, Alaskan Sneakers, kboots!
6 – “Quick, quick, quick! Take a photo before I scuff them!”
FACT: In Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries heels on shoes were always coloured red.
5 – “Did you ever wear socks before you lent me these?”
FACT: In the Middle East heels were added to shoes to lift the foot from the burning sand.
4 – “Just because I’m lazy, doesn’t mean I don’t want to stay clean!
FACT: In Europe pointed toes on shoes were fashionable from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries.
3 – “Now I’m ready should you throw the ball in the lake again.”
FACT: The first known images of footwear are boots depicted in 15,000-year-old Spanish cave paintings.
2 – “These are so my colour.”
FACT: Sturdy shoes first came into widespread use between 40,000 and 26,000 years ago, according to a US scientist. Humans’ small toes became weaker during this time, says physical anthropologist Erik Trinkaus, who has studied scores of early human foot bones. He attributes this anatomical change to the invention of rugged shoes, that reduced our need for strong, flexible toes to grip and balance.
1 – “Just because I am a pig doesn’t automatically mean I like mud!”
FACT: 4,000 years ago the first shoes were made of a single piece of rawhide that enveloped the foot for both warmth and protection.