I've had dogs for a good portion of my life. I've also always loved to go barefoot. Somehow, despite these two truths, it wasn't until recently that I experienced my first "dog hair splinter". In the last two days alone, I've had two of them. I walk around on the bare floor and suddenly feel a sharp pain in my foot, almost like I've stepped on a glass shard. I sit down and look at the sole of my foot. There it is. A long white dog hair. I pull on it and out it comes. Instant relief! Isn't it odd that stepping on something as innocuous as a hair can hurt so much?
I wondered if I was the only one who ever experienced this phenomenon. I did an Internet search and, lo and behold, there were several Yahoo! Answers and messageboard posts about people who had gotten dog hairs stuck in their bare feet. Apparently, it's an occupational hazard for people who groom dogs professionally. The risk of a nasty dog hair splinter is a good reason to avoid wearing sandals while washing canines.
It's hard to believe I lived so many years without ever bearing the pain of a hair so sharp it sticks in the tough, callused, soles of my feet. You learn something new every day, I guess...
Who knew this little cutie pie could hurt me so much with just one hair?