By Rose Hill and Kate Power
It isn’t easy staying cool when summer heat and the humidity seem to climb ever higher. Here the Irish setter and Kate, her English Springer Spaniel sister, provide some tips on keeping your canine companion cool.
DON’T SWEAT IT AND DOGS DON’T
I mean we don’t sweat, except on our paw pads. See two-legged companions sweat all over — which is kinda gross but after all they’re just humans. Dogs cool down by panting. So if you see us panting really hard it’s time to stop and cool off.
MADE IN THE SHADE
While you’re sitting there having a picnic, reading or just relaxing at the park, think about us. We need shade. Stretch a beach towel between two chairs and we can sit under the towel for shade. Or bring an umbrella — the kind that fastens onto a chair — and angle it so we have some shade.
TO SHAVE OR NOT TO SHAVE?
Unless your canine companion has a really thick coat, the answer is no. See you may think that we feel hot in our fur coats, cause you’d feel hot wearing a fur coat. But it doesn’t work like that. Our coat helps us regulate our body temperature. The fur traps cooler body-temperature air next to our skin. If you hafta trim us down leave at least an inch of fur so we don’t get sunburned. Yes, dogs can get sunburned.
Fill a cheap kiddie pool with fresh water and put it in the shade. When your dog gets hot she can cool off quick. Change the water every couple of days. Toss in some empty water bottles so they float in the water. It’s fun to chase the bottles. Or balls, or even treats like blueberries. See ya hafta go diving for the blueberries and that cools us off.
THROW IN THE TOWEL
Okay so you’re not throwing in the towel you’re laying a wet towel on the ground or patio for your pooches to lay on and get cool. Course if they get bored they can always play tug-o-war with the towel. Kinda acts like dental floss for our teeth.
ABOUT ROSE AND KATE
Rose Hill is a 12 year old Irish setter who was born in Bakersfield CA. Her hobbies include sink diving and counter surfing. Kate Power is a 10 year old, tri-color, English springer spaniel born in Tombstone, AZ. She loves to chase lights and shadows and stay as close as possible to her two-legged companions. Read their blog at Rose and Kate They are the proud authors of “Rose and Kate Unleashed: Observations, Advice and Humor from Two Very Opinionated Dogs.” They live with their two legged companions, Brian Hill and Dee Power.