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Thread: How Are All Your Dog's Handling the Heat?

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    Default How Are All Your Dog's Handling the Heat?

    It has been very hot down here lately. Muggy hot. Youngest son and I are literally covered in heat rash, and my eldest is affected so badly the last few days he's had lots of headaches and such.

    Inca eats, does a bit of training, then lays her belly anywhere she can to get cool.

    I know Hyacinth hoses Frosty, so how do all you others keep your dogs comfortable in this heat? If it's this muggy here, it must be hell on the mainland???

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    Went to the beach this morning. Surf was up (WTF). Didn't stop Frosty going swimming though.

    Went for a quick walk to the letterbox just then, the air temp in the shade is about 35'C, the thermal lack of comfort is 29 - red - ie don't play sport or you will die hot. We tried to stay in the shade or on dirt bits. Frosty didn't do the hot feet dance so it couldn't have been too bad.

    And she's been sunbaking on the lawn too.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDS65004.shtml

    I suspect Agility will be cancelled tonight. Sigh.

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    The more uncomfortable we all get, the crankier we get. At least I had a good sleep last night with the fan blowing on me all night. I needed it! Lol. Wouldn;t like to be you though. 35'C!!!

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    Well I got the A/C fixed because mum kept moving her puppies into the pantry and laying on the cold tiles.

    Since the others are outside at the moment (mum doesn't want them inside and drives them out) I have thinned the setters coat along her belly so that when she lays on the concrete pavers the cool can penetrate.

    Mine also love ice cubes, never any left when I make a bourbon of an evening. I also make up large ice cubes from old ice cream containers and put them in their shell pool.

    Their kennel is fully lined and insulated with styrofoam boxes. Hubby made it, it fits about 5 dog in there all stretched out and it's in their run which is covered by shade cloth. I've found this summer they use their kennel during the day over the trampoline beds on the back verandah.

    The setter loves water and the whippets will chase the hose if you make a game of it so they get to exercise and be cool at the same time.

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    I have 2 clam shell pools, one in the pen. Mine also get frozen milk bottles in it and or another to play with. I am yet to do the frozen stock in a margarine container for them to lick. I have seen doggy cool vests on the net. ummm. Mine just dig a hole under the house or in the shade too or are inside at times.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    inside with a/c on

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    Mine are doing ok.. inside (my evap cooler does nothing other than make everything damp) and laying on the tiles. They have a bowl of water that I keep putting ice in to.

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    two words. air con.

    that's the only way we 5 survive the heat. (two fluffy cats, one (clipped) little dog and two humans) -early- beach walk.

    edit: puggerup - i -love- that pic you have for your avatar.. so funny...
    Last edited by zen; 02-10-2010 at 11:55 AM.

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    Air con, ice cubes and frozen bones/chicken wings. Even his minced mixture is frozen into cubes for him to munch on.

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    Bummer. I turned our heat pump to airconditioner yesterday (for the first time since moving into this house) and the bloody water came out the indoor unit. Hubby spent hours last night taking it apart to blow out any blockage. I think I've only ever needed air-conditioning once before down here, but think I will try turning it on again soon.

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