Here Comes the Sun

It’s fairly hot in the northern hemisphere at the moment and the prediction is for even hotter weather. I’ll be taking my main walk very early in the morning. I’ll then find myself a nice, cool spot indoors and snooze the day away. If I need to pop out during the day, I’ll make the visit to the garden as brief as possible and have a refreshing drink of iced water afterwards. I may take another stroll in the evening when it’s cooled down enough.

I want to share some advice from the RSPCA with you and then some things that I learnt while living in Spain. If you grow up in a country where it’s an event when the temperature exceeds 20°C (68°F) then there’s a bit of a learning curve when the temperature climbs above 30°C (86°F). There are things that are obvious to someone used to a hotter climate but that we wouldn’t think of until we’ve experienced it.

In this hot weather the interiors of cars rapidly get too hot to be safe and dogs should not be left in them. The RSPCA has issued advice on what to do if you see a dog in a car, showing signs of heatstroke.

Smiling sun with sunglasses

Temperatures in Britain are expected to exceed 35°C (95°F) over the coming weeks. At these temperatures it gets much harder to cool down, so it’s important to slow down and take things easy.

I have already given you the advice from the RSPCA about not leaving dogs in cars, but in those temperatures I hardly ever get to go out in the car. My bipeds worry because if you get caught in traffic it can become too hot in the car even with the air conditioning on. If you have to leave the car in the sun, it’s difficult to get back into it because it’s like an oven. In the event of the car breaking down it can be difficult keeping cool while waiting for help to arrive.

It is also important to think about which rooms in the house your animals have access to while you’re out. The room, or rooms, your dog usually stays in may get too hot and you may need to leave access to a cooler spot.

The ground can get very hot in the sun. Bipeds don’t notice this because they almost always wear shoes, but our paws can get burnt.

When you are out and about, it’s worth crossing the street to walk on the shady side. I have always encouraged my bipeds to do this, but by the end of their first summer in Spain it had become second nature to them. If you stop for a rest, or a chat, find some shade so that you aren’t getting hotter while stopped.

It’s always fun to cool down in water. I have lots of fun in rivers and lakes, but it’s also fun when the bipeds turn on the hose pipe in the garden. Just be aware that the first water from the hose pipe can be very hot if the hose pipe has been in the sun, so don’t spray the water on your dog until you’ve checked the water’s cool.

Even in the shade, it can be far too hot for your furry friends. You need to keep an eye on them and make sure they’re not getting too hot. This is especially important for puppies, as they cannot regulate their body heat as well as adults.

You’ve probably guessed where the title for this post came from – here’s the song for you to enjoy.

Enjoy the sunshine, but take care!

See you next Wednesday!

38 Comments

  1. Great advice Clowie! In the summer our dogs only get to go to the beach at 8pm. We love it best then too – hardly anybody left and the dogs can run and run.
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  2. We had the hots here too for a long time then finally we got rain and it’s almost Fall weather again in the 60s! Strange weather indeed but it pays to be mindful or HEAT for sure……stay cool Clowie!

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  3. I live in Memphis, Tennessee USA with my baby Jeep. He has to endure sweltering summers there. The humidity is very high along with the 100+ heat index factors. He stays cool inside during the day and doesn’t seem very interested in stay out very long in the evening. I have a small children’s plastic pool he can get into for some relief from the heat. I can only say be very careful with your babies they look to us for so much!

    • I bet he appreciates his pool in that heat. When it’s that hot it takes a long time to cool down in the evening. I like the early morning best, it’s the coolest part of the day. Take care!

  4. Important life-saving advice from you, Clowie. It’s exceptionally hot here these days and we’re not allowed in the car and go for our walks early before it gets too hot out. Thankfully you and we are with responsible bipeds. Sadly that’s not the case with some others. Our mom saw a poor cousin quadruped walking on hot pavement yesterday… Owie! Have a good day, Clowie. wag wag Max & Bella
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    • Thank you. I’m glad you get your walks nice and early – it’s the best part of the day in the hot weather. We are lucky to have bipeds that take good care of us. Keep cool, my friends!

  5. these are great tips! It’s starting to get pretty hot here where we are too! My huskies love to lay in front of our air conditioner!
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  6. We’ve been scolded by that big yellow thing here. Pheweeee, it is so hot.

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  7. Oddly, Katie handles the heat so much better than Bailie and I, but we still don’t do much during the day, only early morning and evenings. Stay cool!
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    • Yes, I stay in the cool, but I have noticed that I manage better in the heat than a lot of dogs do. I expect that, like me, Katie has efficiently shed every scrap of her woolly undercoat – just one of the things we’re very good at! It’s probably harder for you and Bailie to keep still, as well.

  8. Clowie, this is also excellent advice for bipeds to remember when it comes to their young children! We are used to extremely hot temperatures here, and yet I’m always appalled to hear news reports of toddlers who were left in a hot car. Such tragedies should never happen.

    I hope your temperatures will soon be closer to normal. Take extra care of yourself and your bipeds until then!
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    • Thank you. Yes, little bipeds can get heatstroke more easily than adults, so it’s important to keep an eye on them. It’s awful to think of toddlers left in a hot car. I’ve heard of a few people forgetting that they had the child in the car, but I expect it’s often that the parent popped into a shop and ended up being longer than they thought – just as with dogs. The temperature in the car rises so quickly, it just isn’t safe.

  9. Here in the Florida panhandle, those temps you’re calling hot are normal for this time of year. It’s also very humid. We walk early in the morning but still sometimes it’s already hot and sticky outside. Jen follows me lead as to how long I want to stay outside. Many days I walk around the block and that’s it.
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    • It’s much harder to cope with when it’s humid, it makes it harder to cool down. Take it easy and dream of snow, Rumpy!

  10. This is great advice. When it gets super hot we will walk in the evening when the sun goes down. Sometimes I will drive to the shaded woods where it is usually cooler. It’s so important to keep our babies safe.
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    • Thank you. It’s lovely to be able to walk in the woods where it’s cooler. There are also lots of interesting smells in the woods!

  11. Good tips. I’ve gotten into the habit of touching the asphalt with my hand before walking Honey on a hot day. And yes, it’s well worth crossing to the cooler side of the street.

    We also don’t go out without bringing lots of cool water for Honey.

    Hope you’re enjoying your morning walks Clowie. It’s a fun time to see lots of critters.
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    • Honey is lucky that you’re so considerate. It is important to have plenty of water.
      I love going out in the early morning before everyone else is out and about. It’s always interesting! The sniffing is better because the scents haven’t been disturbed.

  12. We would do a happy dance if the sun ever showed up here in Missouri!

  13. Top tips! Have you heard about the 5 seconds rule? You need to get your biped to touch the tarmac for 5 seconds, and if it’s too hot for their hand then it’s too hot for your paws and perhaps they need to give you a piggie back – I’d pay to see that!
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  14. These are all great tips. We aren’t getting much hot weather yet in our part of the northeast US but it should be coming soon. We have to adjust our walking schedules, but it’s far more enjoyable in the morning before it gets too hot. Plus early morning is such a pretty time of day.
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    • Thank you. I love going out in the early morning while everything is still quiet. It’s my favourite time of the day.

  15. Good advice, too many people don’t think about their furry friends in the heat.

    The heatwave continues this week. Luckily, we have a cool stream and woodland for the Boxer dog walks, and afterwards a long nap under the trees, keeping one eye on the chickens 🙂
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    • Thank you. Woodland and a cool stream is the perfect place for a walk! I’d enjoy watching chickens in between napping – your Boxers are lucky.

  16. Our entire month of June has been 60’s and 70’s with storms so our problem has been getting fresh air. Hopefully July will get back to sunshine. The Newfs have A/C so rarely have to worry about heat. If it’s in low to mid 80’s we can head to the creek for exercise in the cold water. Take care Clowie:)
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    • Thank you, I will take care and the bipeds will make sure I’m okay.
      You have a lovely place for walks. I’d love to join you at the creek! It looks so refreshing and it’s a shady walk to get there.

  17. Aurora Jean Alexander

    Excellent advice Clowie. There still seem to be too many pet owners being reckless with their pets leaving them in the car.
    Well done!

  18. Isn’t this hot weather unbearable some days? It’s also been too hot here and I’m very happy we put in AC last summer. Luckily, the evenings have cooled off and since it’s getting darker a little earlier, the gives us a break from the sun sooner too. I can imagine why anyone would leave their pet in a car during this weather, yet they do. Seems there’s no telling stupid people, they should know better by now. It maddens me to no end. The police here can break your windows if you do this and I’m glad of that.
    I love that Beatle song. The city of Edmonton recreated the Abbey Road album cover by standing silhouettes of the Beatles on our downtown street when Sir Paul McCartney came for a concert. I sang every song all the way through the show, as did most of the Stadium guests. What a night, lucky to have gotten tickets. xK
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    • Yes, some days are much harder than others to keep cool. Cars get like an oven so quickly in the sun! The police here can break the windows if the animal is in distress.
      I think it’s a great song. I’d have loved to see them making that cover with silhouettes – what fun! That sounds like a very special night – one to remember.

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