Well, being relatively new to Texas (from Western New York originally) and out walking the pup in the field, I discovered a problem I never had to deal with. Threw a bumper and pup took the straight line, ignoring obstacles (proud of him for THAT) and ran right into a patch of cactus. Upon his discovery of what cactus is, he froze in the middle of the patch. Thank God he didn't sit down. He had a good amount of needles in his paws. Luckily, I had my Swiss Army knife on me and finally had a use for those tweezers (which, by the way, really don't work all that great). I got most of them out. Had to put him on his back straddle him to keep him still while I plucked them out.
so my question, to all you who live in areas with cactus is: how do you deal with this? Is it just one of those things you learn to accept? I really do not want yo put my dog in boots. Will pup eventually learn to avoid? Any tips and/or tricks for removing them would be appreciated as well.