Summertime and the living is…hot…dog days hot. Sure, it affects me more than I’d like to admit. I think my golden coat…which I happen to like…it defines me in many ways…but my thick undercoat keeps me boiling hot during the last summer months. How do I deal with it…shade…lots of water and of course, air-conditioning…as do you.
My humans…I see you walking around with bottled water in hand…bottled water in the car cup-holder…water…water…water. So, my dog self gets a fresh bowl of water each AM and replenished often… based on my needs. Gotta stay hydrated! I even have a “Chill out” collar to wear outside on these super steamy days.
When dunked in cold water, this collar cools my dog skin around my neck. I like it, although blue is not my color.
Paws up for this yellow lab messing with the hose water…a canine cool down.
I’m a retriever…you know a lowland gun dog…a go get it and bring it back golden dude…noise does not phase me..however, there are those dogs among us…who are fearful of what the 4th of July and surrounding days brings…popping, loud sounds that are very out of the ordinary.
I have also learned that human blood banks go to all time lows during the summer months...yeah the beach…the mountains…the vacation time…ya’ll forget during this time to donate…hey…it happens. Just consider giving some blood before the running around fun time sets in. So, lay down and give…Now that’s a golden good thought!
A big thanks to Huffington Post for this informative post and touching video.
Listen up! My golden retriever self adores crunching ice cubes…I get these treats when we’re outside…when I’m settled…when I’m lounging on the patio. If I’m overheated after a walk or a romp…my people lower my body temperature by pouring cool water on my head…my dog neck and belly…it’s such a relief…they never offer ice cubes at this time...because my body temp could drop too quickly shocking my system. So, ice is nice at the right time. Cool paws!
Yes… digging is part of many dogs lives…but…there are dogs that get into locating bones that are hundreds of years old…yep…archaeology on four legs. These dogs have such self-control…once they find bones…they back off…moon walk backwards and NEVER touch the bones. Can you image that one? Read on for golden enlightenment. Bones them bones…them dry bones.
The retriever in me is real. This manifests itself in me daily…I gather my tattered dog toys and present them to folks. I get sticks and bring them home…I love to have something in my mouth…but you can forget that something being a bird. Field trained Goldens are excellent at retrieving gamebirds…but not this dude. I golden love birds…all kinds of birds and today especially the American Bald Eagle.
In Washington, DC months ago…a pair of eagles made their huge nest to raise their two eaglets at the National Arboretum…in the tall trees. Mr. President and First lady have been attentive and giving parents…adored and observed daily by the Metro population. Their babies, originally called DC4 and DC5 have now been given their names…after 30,000 ballots were cast. Honor is a female. Glory’s sex is not known.
So…as Francis of Assisi said…”All praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessings.” All blessings and good life wishes for these amazing birds.