What’s the weather like where you are at the moment? Here in my new home it’s VERY hot! And having a fairly thick, mostly black coat just makes it seem even hotter!
Don’t get me wrong, I like a bit of sunshine and being outdoors, but even so, 5 minutes at the moment is enough for me! Thankfully I have lots of places I can go to get out of the worst of the heat – there’s plenty of shade from trees and hedges or – my preference – go indoors where it’s much cooler. It’s an old cottage with thick walls that keep out the worst of the heat. The windows aren’t too big, so while the inside is light and airy, it doesn’t get too much sun streaming in, so avoids becoming a hot house.
The kitchen has a lovely tiled floor and when I get really hot I stretch out on this which is great at helping me to cool down!
The grass has been damp early in the day too so it’s quite pleasant to lie there, at least for a short time.
We’ve only been going out for brief walks in the early morning and evening, and only in the fields which means that I don’t have to walk on hot tarmac and risk burning my paw pads.
Another great tip for the hot weather is to make sure that you drink plenty of water! It can help you to keep cool, and also makes sure that you don’t get dehydrated.
You might have less of an appetite, and feel a little lethargic too, but that’s ok. You’ll feel more normal when the temperatures come down again.
While you might not feel much like play or running around, if you can find some cool water, such as a stream to stand or splash around in, or spray from a hose, this can be lots of fun! (You can share too, by going and shaking near someone who looks like they’re overheating, though be aware that your kindness might not always be appreciated! As I’ve mentioned before these hoomans can be weird sometimes!)
Robyn has again asked to share some further tips that you and your pack might like to consider in warm weather:
PS – someone else shared a great tip with me: put some iced water in a bowl in front of a fan then turn the fan on to blow chilled air around the room 😊