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Hounded by the Heat

The challenges of keeping our canines cool.

When the pavement's too hot for our bare feet, please have pity on your dog's paws. We're walking around with minimal clothing, but the heat is tough on our furry friends, and it pains me to see people walking their pets midday, especially on the blacktop.

Mr. Darcy keeps questioning me with those big brown eyes, "Why aren't we going for our noon walk, Mom? Why are all the windows and doors closed? And why is that machine making noise switching on & off?"

My response? Check it out for yourself, buddy. A few seconds outdoors and boy, he's jumpin' back through his doggy-door and luxuriating in the AC.

Wish we could take them to the beach for wet shoreline run, but don't think that's gonna happen in my lifetime. So we try for shady play-dates and little plastic kiddie pools. Some of our dog friends, like Cosmo and puppy Stella, can't wait to jump in and splash around. Others, like my boy, are totally spooked by those huge water bowls. We humans make fools of ourselves trying to coax them in. I get in and make "happy" sounds, flash treats and even sing my siren's song, all to no avail. Emma will only get in when Meg's in the tiny pool with a rubber ducky. 

Everybody's walking early morning and at sunset, so we're meeting our neighbors and trying to figure out new ways to keep our dogs happy during the heat.

Have a cool way to cool off your canines? Please share!

P.S. On a recent visit to RescueInk, Johnny described their plans to renovate the facility. If you've never been, or haven't been back lately, go take a look (and buy one of their great t-shirts). We're lucky to have a shelter like this in Long Beach. (www.rescueink.com)

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Neil Metz July 19, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Mitt sounds like another name for crap. Obama will win again we all know it. Better get used to hearing that.
Neil Metz July 19, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Lol Len looks like Mitt doesn't pay his taxes. Is this what you mean Republicans tend to always put the taxpayer's interests ahead of theirs, which is what I respect and why the Republicans generally earn our votes.
Leonard Bauman July 19, 2012 at 03:32 AM
4 more years of Obama is like wishing for 4 more years of Jimmy Carter. Are you joking?
Brian July 19, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Jimmy Carter didn't put America on the path to destruction; Ronnie boy did
Judy Massey July 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Not sure how we went from hot paws and cool canines back to whining & politics, but the break was nice while it lasted...

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