Ah me. Just got home from taking a little off around the sides. And a little trim around the ears and feet, and a little more stripping to get out that old undercoat. Other than that, I’m good to go. (God bless Her. She does the best She can between my spa sessions, but never seems to get as much of the undercoat out as Godmother Carol does. Gee. Guess that’s why Godmother Carol is what you call a p-r-o-f-e-s-s-i-o-n-a-l. Duh.)
I can’t tell you how many people ask me about a “summer haircut.” Do people ask you that? They take one look at me on those 100+ degree F days and say, “he must be so hot under all that hair, you’re going to cut it all off aren’t you?”
Well, folks. The answer to that question is a big ‘ole “no.”
See, when PEOPLE get hot in the summertime, they might cut their hair to cool off. When DOGS get hot, we cool off through our feet and by panting. As long as I can pant and perspire through my little feet, I’m fine. And being in the shade helps. (I tend to dig a little hole in the cool dirt under a tree to snooze in if I’m outside when my peeps are working in the yard on hot days.)
This is not to say that thick-coated dogs, like me, can’t overheat, because we can, but cutting off all my hair would be WORSE because, then, since I don’t sweat like people do, I’d REALLY overheat if I cut off all my hair. See?
Here’s something else, water helps us cool off, too. Why just the other day, I figured out that if I DON’T avoid the garden sprinkler, and stand right under it, it’s pretty cool under there. So, call me slow, but I really like to stand under the sprinkler and get a good covering of water. Some dogs have wading pools. That helps, too. OH! And you can get one of those neck bandana things that hold those little crystalline beads that swell up when you put them in water and then, see, you can tie that around your pooch’s neck to help her cool off, too.
I’m just a plethora of information today. Just don’t ask me when I’m getting my “summer cut.”
What You Learned Today:
- Dogs don’t perspire like people too.
- We pant and sort of sweat through the pads on our feet.
- Please don’t cut my hair off in the summertime!
- Don’t worry when we pant. That’s how we cool off!
- Keep us out of the direct heat of the sun at the hottest point of the day please.
- If we have to go out during the heat of the day, we find shade.
- Spray us with a hose to cool off!
- Be sure to have clean, fresh water outside for us. Inside, too, for that matter.
- AND NEVER LEAVE US IN A CAR in the heat!
- Check out this website for more heat tips.
- Apologies to my friends Down Under. I know it’s not hot now where you are.