I know I already posted about the rock salt used on the walkways where I live but I am stumped again. We have 3+ feet of snow now and it is due to snow for the next four days so we are both limited to walking on the treated areas since the snow is over Sully's head and I have a physical disability that makes it hard to walk in deep snow. The combination of ice, extreme cold and rock salt on the plowed and shoveled areas burns the foot pads. Other dog owners here have resorted to carrying their dogs (who weigh less than Sully) or they use puppy pads in the house -YUCK! I tried the booties but Sully wouldn't hear of it. For now I drag her out to an untreated packed snow area in a plastic bin, (Don't judge :-D) then she jumps out to go and jumps back in to be dragged back to the hallway, away from the salt. Before resorting to the plastic bin I tried to get her to just hurry and power through, but this weekend she went from limping to whining, to moaning, to actually screaming, LOUDLY while we were hurrying to get back inside. Surely a dismemberment would have been quieter. The neighbors came running, no doubt assuming she had been shot. I know the ice/salt combo burns puppy pads so I believe she was in real pain, despite her tendency to overreact. As for the snow, ice, and cold, we have no end in sight. The neighbors are amused by the bucket transport and I am sure we are both a bit humiliated but it is an okay interim solution. The snow itself is never a problem unless it is this deep, but the rock-salt is killer. We have tried some pet-safe ice treatments but the snowplow company will continue to use the power stuff which is probably necessary since this is housing for people with disabilities. Sully peed on the floor once today while I was out for a couple of hours. I'm sure it is related since I took her out just before I went out. I was actually wondering if having her walk on recycled newspaper might be easier. I'm sure there are plenty of dog owners with better problem solving skills than I in this area. Thanks if you can think of anything better than my crazy attempts. I love snow, hate rock salt.