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The dogs: Louise (aka Lulu Belle), Sofie Bear The cats: Noel (the Christmas cat), Nine (the Mancat), Stella, and Mini Cooper

Monday Mischief: 10 Tips for Walking Dogs In Extreme Heat

MM 7.25.16

The incredible heat wave that is blanketing the United States continues. It is impossible to be outside for very long. Louise doesn’t care how hot it is, she still wants to go for her twice daily walks.

Here are my tips for taking your dog out in extreme heat:

  • Walk early or late. Before the heat builds up.

  • Know your dog, especially if they have those cute smushy flat faces, like pugs. Breathing can be hard on them in the heat. Heavy set dogs like Sofie with her massive coat of fur, should be outside for only short periods (20 minutes maximum).

  • Dogs don’t sweat. Make sure to keep them hydrated. Check their gums and skin for signs of dehydration.

  • Dogs cool from their paws and belly. Don’t waste water on the top of them.

  • Jump from one shady spot to the next trying to avoid as much sunny street as possible. If you can’t go from shade to shade then try to walk on dirt or grass or at least move quickly.

  • The dog understands that it is hot and will be fine with a shorter than normal stroll. (Or so I try to convince Louise.)

  • Do regular paw checks. Hot paws are bad. Cool paws are good. Water down the paws immediately if hot. Touch your dogs paws at home to get a sense of what they feel like temperature wise when normal.

  • We tend to take sit breaks in the shade, on the grass or dirt if we can. Sofie likes to dig down to the cool stuff. As long as it is not in someone’s yard, I let her dig away.

  • Room temperature water is much better to bring than ICE. On a hot day, ice is toooo cold and could have a negative effect. Use your water bottle to cool paws and drink.

  • Stay close to home. This way if you see the furry struggling, you can get home lickety split (aka – fast).

Sofie wants to plant herself next to the sunflowers and not move. Sounds like a plan to me!

What COOL mischief did you get into today?

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Posted by on July 25, 2016 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Touch-Me-Not

7.24.16
Sofie has very little patience in this terrible heat (105F degrees (41C) again today). I really cannot blame her, but I thought it would be cute to match her impatience with the impatiens plants. Another name for them is Touch-Me-Nots. That kind of describes how we all feel in this heat.

She’s losing her impatiens. Mommy made a funny. She was not amused.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Posted by on July 24, 2016 in Dogs

 

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Caturday: Keeping Cool

7.23.16

It is 105 F degrees today (41 C).

Nine doesn’t understand that he would hate it outside.

So, he is giving me that look.

You know the one.

The look that says, “how come you and the dogs can go outside but we cats have to stay indoors all the time.”

I hate when they give me ‘that look.’

Sorry lil’ boy, it is for your own good.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

 

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo❤

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2016 in Cats

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Splish Splash

IMG_1065 Dog-gone it’s hot! These must be the DOGDAZ (dayz) of summer.

We have so much fun swimming with Mojo and Zelda in their dog pool.

Those Labradors love to swim.

Lulu will not get in the water, no matter how hot it is. Maybe it is because she is more of a Hound dog than a Lab. Who knows? She hates to get wet.

Sofie love love loves to get down and splashy. It takes 3 days for her Sheltie coat to dry but she doesn’t care. BarkOutLoud!

Have a great Wednesday!

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Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: HotTimeSummerInTheSuburbs

MM 7.18.16
Mom keeps taking us for walks on these terrible hot and humid days when all we want to do is sit in the grass and pant. Doesn’t she understand that dogs are not meant to be outside on days like this. She should move somewhere that the weather is always nice, like California. We hear that you never have to cancel anything in California because the weather is always beautiful. But then again, we also heard the ground shakes sometimes and there is drought and fires and mud slides. I guess a few humid weeks in the Mid-Atlantic may not be so bad after all.

What mischief did you get into today?

 

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Posted by on July 18, 2016 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Reap What You Sow

7.17.16Sofie is getting ready to help with the raspberry harvest. They came about a week early this year, I guess because of the weather being so mild. The birds hide in the hedge and disappear them very quickly if we don’t get out early. Every morning when the dogs and I check the pool, I have a pre-breakfast of fruit right from the bush. I got smart this year and put a bunch in the freezer for August. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Posted by on July 17, 2016 in Dogs

 

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Caturday: B A C O N !!!!

Noel 3.16.14

One of my all time favorite K8 shots of Noel. Hard to eat when you have 6 vultures waiting to pounce on whatever is on your plate. Sometimes I think the cats are worse than the dogs. The dogs understand ‘leave it!’ I haven’t been as successful training the cats.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo❤

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2016 in Cats

 

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