Summer is just around the corner! This week I'll be writing about some of the things we've done to keep our dogs cool. If you have any additional ideas, please share in the comments.
Badger and Mushroom have very different tolerances when it comes to temperature. Badger has a medium-length coat that got quite fluffy during the winter. The only time he's been visibly cold was when we took him for a walk in single-digit temperatures.
In contrast, Mushroom shivered so much when we first adopted her (in the middle of New England winter) that we got her a coat. The guideline we use is that if I can't be outside in shorts (around 50F), Mushroom needs her coat. In the summer-like weather we've been having, this translates to a comfortable Mushroom and a Badger who can't seem to stay cool.
When I first tried putting ice cubes in Badger's water, I was thinking they'd keep his water cold. Instead, Badger fished out the ice cube (spilling half his water in the process) and took it over to his bed. This wonderful combination of pure joy and brain freeze happened:
Do your dogs like ice cubes?