Mental note: Mom needs to make me a 4th of July sweatshirt. One with stars and stripes on it, or in red, white and blue colors. Get on that, Mom!
So when it gets hot, and your home doesn't have AC to help you function, there are tons of things you can do to help cool off.
1. Get a cooling mat. We have a few here. They come in various sizes, and ours are specifically fitted to our crates to help keep us cool at night. Laying on them is great as it cools your chest region, where your heat originates from.
Note: We hate our cooling mats. Mom hates the fact that we hate them. While we will lay on the door mat, the gel pad at the kitchen sink or the Batman costume that the boy left lie on the floor, we will not lay on a cooling mat, no matter how hot it is or how much mom says LAY and STAY. We will inch off of it or shove it aside into a rumpled heap in our crate.
2. Puppy pools. These, too, are genius for cooling off in. Something very shallow with water to get in and splash, or to simply lay there and cool off. Mom bought a kiddie swimming pool. She got the heavy plastic kind and not the inflatable kind, because toe nails can (and most likely will) pierce the thin plastic and you'll be left with nothing more than a puddle of water in the center of a deflated plastic waste of money.
Note: We hate pools. We won't voluntarily get into our pool no matter how hot it is outside. Mom is not happy that we will lay by the pool, panting profusely, and refuse to simply step in and cool off. Jill will stay there, as if afraid to move, if mom places her in the water. Margo is happy enough to take a drink while there before jumping right out, but I can't wait to get out as quickly as I can because I just know that mom will attempt to break out the shampoo if I stay there long enough. Large public outdoor baths aren't my thing.
3. Frozen things. A frozen banana, cut into small chunks, ice cubes, frozen homemade dog treats... anything frozen helps us cool off just like a popsicle makes you feel better, too.
Note: Mom refuses to give us frozen treats. She said we'll simply chase it around like a play toy and make a mess. She bases this on the fact that we chase ice cubes around the floor and leave a wet trail that everyone steps in. We have never actually tried eating an ice cube. They are too much fun to play with. Who eats toys? Besides Margo.
4. Cooling bandannas or vests. Mom is actually contemplating this for extreme measures in the event that one of us gets too hot on an adventure. A cooling vest is filled with gel packs that would help lower body temperature. A bandanna has gel beads that absorb water. Wet it, chill it, wear it.
5. Go find a cool spot in your favorite woods, and wade in the creek. This is always the best option.
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