Warning: Too hot leads to Hot Dogs

One of the many things about dog ownership is regular exercise.
In this heat, we have been staying indoors during the day and walking Maggie first thing in the morning then again before we go to bed because it’s been cooler.
She’s a creature of habit, and used to three or four other walks during the day.
Our door is open, as is the gate to the back garden where it is nearly all grass. She has found a cool shady part on the drive between the car and the wall and has been lying there for some of the morning.

Trips out in the car are extremely cautious, first thing being to bring the inner temperature down before anyone gets in. We have the setting such that cool air will be blowing on her face whilst we’re in transit, but with the windows open, she is content to stick her head out for short periods. We have our spray bottle now and always carry fresh water for her.

How can you tell your pet that it’s too hot to walk her on the pavements when you see her face and body language getting excited at the prospect of what to her is normal routine?
Her habits are such that you can more or less tell the time by her, and even when it’s been cold and raining, she has still had her walks.
Our walk round the Avenue has access to grass, but will she walk on it? No.
The heat is actually melting the tarmac on the road in places, manhole covers are red hot and some owners are taking their dogs out aboard their mobility scooters to save them walking.
We don’t have that option and have been encouraging her to use the garden during the day. She’s not impressed, but she does comply………… perhaps, maybe, sort of, shan’t.

We’ve made a mistake today in taking her for a short walk this afternoon.
Hubby called to me for the short hose when he got back, and together we spent a good five minutes cooling her body and feet. We are not cross with her, but angry with ourselves for thinking it would be OK.  It wasn’t and we won’t be doing it again, no matter how cute she looks.
Luckily, the skin on her pads is not blistered or broken, but from the way she was walking, she was obviously feeling discomfort.
The irony is she didn’t do anything, so whether she likes it or not, the garden is her domain for the time being. I’ve just walked her out there and she performed the business.
Photo: 3rd August, new cushion

Maybe she just needs someone to hold her paw.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Warning: Too hot leads to Hot Dogs

  1. TanGental says:

    Poor thing. Mylo sends his love..

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    This heat is hard on everyone, but dogs are really suffering I think. They don’t know why they can’t go for the walks they so love. You’re lucky — and so is Maggie — that you’ve got the back yard.

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