Keep Those Canines Cool

KEEP THOSE CANINES COOL: Part One By Rose Hill and Kate Power

They don’t call it the dog days of summer for nothing. Rose, the Irish setter and Kate, her English springer spaniel sister, provide some tips on beating the heat.

Okay you know never to leave your four-legged companion in the car even if the windows are cracked. Right? So I don’t hafta tell you that. It gets really, really hot, really, really fast in a car. Think of it as a solar oven. The metal heats up and the glass doesn’t let the heat escape. The inside of a car can reach 120 degrees in 20 minutes when the temperature outside is only 80 degrees. Us dogs can’t deal with 120 degrees, we can’t deal with 100 degrees for more than a few minutes. So don’t leave us in the car… period, or we’ll end up crossing the rainbow bridge.

Always take water for your dog. Our two-legged companion keeps a gallon jug of water in the car all the time. That way if we get stuck in traffic or are out longer than expected, there’s water for us. There are these fancy collapsible water dishes you could take on a hike or walk or do what we do. Take a zipped locked baggie full of water. It’s cheap and easy to drink from. Water bottles don’t really work for us puppy pals. Most of the water ends up on the ground. And it’s hard to swallow when the water is coming down to us instead of us lapping it up. If you’re thirsty, we’re thirsty. Actually we get thirstier faster than you do.

Feel the pavement with your hand. If your hand gets an owie from the hot pavement, our paws do too. Walk or hike in the early morning before the sun has a chance to heat up the sidewalks and streets. You could go for a walk at night too, but there could be scary stuff out there like joggers. Sand and rocks heat up fast too, so think about that when you’re taking your best canine friend to the beach or lake.

Cool us down from the bottom up. Have you noticed that when dogs get hot at like, say, the dog park, they put their paws in the water and then lay down in the water or mud? Well except for Kate, she dunks her head in the water and blows bubbles. Anyways. Take a spray bottle of water with you when you go for walks, hikes or camping and spray our paw pads, chest and tummies, as well as our head and back.

You might think that dumping ice water on your dog would cool them down fast right? Wrong. Not a good idea. That huge change in temperature can be harmful to us. Cool water is okay, ice water no. Course if your dog is hot you can give them an ice cube to chew. Rose likes to chew on ice. Me, not so much. I don’t like ice cubes in my water bowl either and fish them out. Kinda makes a mess which is fun.

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.

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