I don't want a Hot Dog

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As the hot weather continues, and long may it last, I just wanted to spare a thought for our furry friends, especially dogs. Read on to find out more.

I don't want a Hot Dog.

I am a person who feels the heat. I am at my most comfortable when it's about 20-22 degrees maximum. Luckily, because we live by the sea, we usually find on a hot day, there is a sea breeze to help us cope, and if it's a really hot day, I just go in the sea to cool off.

So when I look at Leo, my golden retriever, I imagine myself in his place, wearing a thick furry coat, and trying to cope. We have 2 advantages where we are, a dense vale of trees to walk him amongst, which provides lovely cool shade, and then just like me, he will dunk himself in the water and lay down to cool off.

Our schedule changes in Summer

I try always to walk him early in the morning before the sun is at its hottest. He likes nothing better than to find a shady spot, and then sleep the day away after that. In the summer, when the evenings are much longer, it's not unusual to see me walking Leo at about 9 o'clock in the evening.

The advantage of that, as well as the coolness, is that all the picnickers have gone home, and the beach is free for him to enjoy himself. Leo loves to eat, so even on a cooler day, I keep him away from anyone who has a picnic, because he would be an unwelcome guest.

His coat is very thick, so we try to brush him every day to get rid of excess hair. I know some people have their dog clipped, with very long haired breeds it's a really good idea, but in Leo's case, we haven't found the need to as yet.

I put out more than one water bowl, and keep them topped up frequently. He tends to go from the house to the garden in an effort to find the coolest place. He is not keen on a bath, but does love being hosed down, so we have an outside tap to accommodate that.

As well as heat, dried dog food creates quite a thirst, and I hate to see a dog panting for water, although I do know that panting is also their way of sweating, as because of their fur, they can't let it out onto their skin like we do.

We never leave him in the car in Summer

The only time we take Leo for car trips is in the cooler weather and wintertime. There is bound to be a few minutes when you need to get out of the car for one reason or another, and as our boy prefers the boot of our hatchback, we could never even think of leaving him there, as even with all the windows open, that particular area will be like a greenhouse.

It breaks my heart to read that people have left their dogs in hot cars to suffer a horrifying death without even realising what would happen.And even worse, on the news today it happened to a baby, surely people must realise that once the car stops, so does the air condtioning and any man or beast left in that car will suffer. I have often complained if I am left parked in the sun, for a few minutes, I hate it, but I can open the door and get out . We must all spare a thought for defenceless animals and children who rely totally on us to keep them safe.

I actually think it's better to leave a dog either in the garden where he can find a shady spot, or else in a cool room of the house for a number of hours, than try to take him with you on a very hot day. He may get a bit lonely and bored, but chances are he will sleep, but at least he will be safe

. If you do have to take your dog with you, then open the windows when you travel, or put on air conditioning, and when you get to your destination, take him with you, don't leave him in the car. The only place where he may be safe if you are absolutely desperate, is an underground or mulit storey car park, which is away from the sun, but please don't leave him for too long.

We should all be more responsible

If we were all more responsible for our animals, there wouldn't be cruelty and neglect, and we wouldn't need adoption centres. I think in general Britain is a nation of animal lovers. Most of our cats don't live on the streets, nor our dogs, although I have seen some living like that in foreign countries, and it's so sad, I wish I could bring them all home with me.

Keeping your animal cool is quite a challenge, cats are more independent than dogs, they curl up in a shady spot, and sleep the day away. There is a saying " Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid day sun." Well not in my case, I don't like to do it, and I wouldn't inflict it on my dog either .

Leo loves the winter, whilst I am huddling my coat round me fighting against the North wind, he bounds ahead, reborn like a puppy, but he walks more slowly in summer, he paces himself, and as he is now 8 years old it's probably a good idea. Long may this nice weather continue, it's great for the children on holiday, but I will make sure I have not got a hot dog.

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Aug 2013 (#)

Wonderful article.

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author avatar Carol
23rd Aug 2013 (#)

Thankyou Maslacak

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author avatar Mariah
23rd Aug 2013 (#)

Your Leo is just gorgeous Carol.
I like yourself don't like excessively hot weather and often feel sorry for the animals in these temperatures, must be awful for them.
Pets are as dependent on their owners to look after them, as children are on their parents, and I totally agree with you, in that taking full responsibility for their well being in hot weather is a must. Great article Carol..

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author avatar Carol
23rd Aug 2013 (#)

Blkess you many thanks Mariah

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
23rd Aug 2013 (#)

Bless you also dear Carol for this heartwarming post . Leo is one very blessed animal ...and I am sure he knows it .
Many more blessing and even some blkessings coming your way ...:-O) my dear friend !
Stella ><

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author avatar Carol
23rd Aug 2013 (#)

oh thanks Stella, Leo is a lovely companion

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
23rd Aug 2013 (#)

this is so lovely Carol and the pics are meltingly sweet...thank you so much...

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author avatar Carol
24th Aug 2013 (#)

Glad you liked it Carolina

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author avatar Trillionaire
23rd Aug 2013 (#)

Lovely.

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author avatar Carol
24th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks Trillionaire

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author avatar Souvik
24th Aug 2013 (#)

Good article Carol, good on dogs.

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author avatar Carol
24th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you Souvik

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author avatar Connie McKinney
25th Aug 2013 (#)

Excellent points, Carol. I, too, love Leo. He's so cute!!!!

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author avatar Carol
25th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks Connie, he is a great boy!

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