Monday, July 20, 2015

Just Keeping It Cool

Because it's July, it's going to be hot. That's a given, no matter where you live. Most climates that get heat are equipped to deal with it and have a wonderful invention called air conditioning that can seriously be a pup's best friend in summertime. Climates that are cold are equipped to deal with that, too, with things like insulation to keep the heat inside homes. We have the latter, and for good reason. We live in the cold. It does get hot here, though, a collective 3 weeks per year. Once you take your sweatshirt off after the July 4th fireworks, you can expect things to warm up.

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.

cream french bulldog wading in a creek in pennsylvania laurel highlands state park

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17 comments:

  1. My friend Emily just wrote a whole post about staying cool. They don't have AC, here in Oklahoma!, and have all kinds of tricks. But her dogs also hate the cooling mats. She uses hers in her own bed to keep cool and loves it. I brought her a couple of the super absorbent bath mats to soak and freeze for the dogs. They're not plastic covered, which I think might be part of it. The dogs like cool and wet, which these would be. Just a thought.

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    1. Oooh, you're a good friend to suggest the cooling mat in mom's bed as well as the bath mats. I'll have to try the wet towel thing in a crate to see if that'll be acceptable before investing money in anything.

      Also, no AC in OK is NOT okay.

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  2. Great tips Louie. Hope you stay cool buddy, Kilo just got a little pool for the summer.

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    1. I hope he loves it! Pools can be so much fun, and very cooling.

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  3. Good id as cause we Frenchies overheat fast
    Lily & Edward

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    1. We sure do! I hope you guys are able to stay cool in summer. Minimizing exercise in the heat is key in our family, too. After my daily walk with mom, our biggest excitement is laying in front of a fan.

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  4. I haven't bought a cooling mat yet but a lot of dogs seem to like them even though Louie's not crazy about the idea. Great tips for staying cool!

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    1. A lot of dogs love them. It's definitely worth a try!

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  5. Good idea to keep cool Louie. Our cooling mat kind of died, so we need another one now...

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    1. I didn't realize that they would die. That's not good at all!

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  6. Right now we're into eating ice, and laying over the vents LOL

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    1. Sounds heavenly. You know how to be cool pups!

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  7. Great tips and I like how you pretty much said "it's summer, EXPECT it to be hot" I can never understand why people act surprised when it is hot in the summer! lol

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    1. Right? Even dad was complaining about the heat the other day, and he never complains about heat. It's summer. It's a thing that happens.

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  8. Great tips! It has been uncomfortably hot here lately and the boys have been spending alot of time in the basement where it is much cooler. We are hoping to try out one of those cooling mats soon as well!

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  9. Now I want to get a cooling mat to just see if any of my folks would like it.....

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