Wise Up, Cool Down

My friend Molly The Wally barked this question. If you haven’t seen her blog, pop over and have a look – she’s sure to brighten your day with a laugh!

Molly: How do you cope with heat in the summer?

Clowie: I avoid being in the sun as much as I can. Sunbathing is for cats and lizards! Even as a very small puppy, I would head for the shade whenever I could. It is harder for puppies to regulate their body temperature than it is for adults.

I get my bipeds to brush my coat a lot as soon as I start shedding in the Spring – it’s nice to get rid of the undercoat as quickly as possible. The most difficult time for me is when it first gets warm and I still have my thick winter coat. I like them to keep my coat really well brushed all summer – it allows the air to move through my coat better.

I don’t have my coat clipped, as I naturally shed the soft undercoat which keeps me warm in winter. I retain the coarser top coat and that protects me from the sun. If the top coat is clipped, I would be at risk of sunburn. A double coat doesn’t always grow back properly after clipping, it can spoil it as the longer top coat grows more slowly than the undercoat.

We always carry plenty of water on walks. Now we’re living in Spain, this means all year round because the sun can be quite hot on a pleasant day in the winter when my coat is thick. In the summer I take my walks in the early morning before it gets hot and my walks always include water and shade. I love the forests and the streams and lakes all year round, so I don’t complain! Dipping my paws in water helps me to cool down.

Clowie, Pyrenean Mountain Dog (Great Pyrenees), in the stream

This is so refreshing!

I hardly go out in the car while the weather is really hot. They have fitted a fan that clips onto the grill that separates the back of the car from the rest of the car– it plugs into the cigarette lighter and helps get the cool air from the air conditioning into the rear section of the car. We carry a reflective blanket, it folds up really small and would make some shade for me in an emergency.

In the very hottest part of the year the temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius (slightly over 100 Fahrenheit), I stay indoors and only pop out when I have to. Even the cats enjoy lying on a cool, tiled floor when it gets that hot. We get the bipeds to give us water from the fridge and to put ice in it.

Children often tell me that I look like a polar bear – now you know how I try to keep as cool as one!

See you next Wednesday!

93 thoughts on “Wise Up, Cool Down

  1. Those look like great ways to stay cool. Torrey does those too.

  2. That is a beautiful photo of you dipping your paws in the water, it looks so refreshing!

  3. Good advice for hot dogs everywhere x.

  4. Woof! Woof! You r a cute yes like polar bear. Regular brushing sure helps a lot. Happy Wednesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  5. Wow – your humans really take extra special care of you to make sure you are comfortable and don’t get overheated! That lake looks sooooo refreshing!!!!

    • They do! The water in the lakes and streams here is really cool and clear because it’s from the mountains.

  6. That was a really good question. Living in Spain, or any hot country, can be very difficult for beauties such as yourself. I’m glad your Mom seems to have it down pat. Actually very interesting about not cropping the fur with the double coat. See, you learn something new every day!

  7. Clowie, good to meet you. We want to thank you for coming by our blog about Jasmine. We appreciate it a lot. Good to meet you. Jasmine had a double coat too but not as heavy as yours. She would get very warm in the summer here. Have a great day.

  8. loved learning more about you!

  9. Hey there Clowie! We found your comment on Marg’s pets and wanted to stop by and say hello!

  10. The cooler temperatures must be more comfortable for someone with such a lovely coat as you! I’m glad you never have it clipped.

  11. Hey Clowie!

    Question — if you live in a warm climate all year round, does your winter coat still come back?

    Christie from lifewithbeagle.com

    • Thank you. That’s a good question. I can tell you that I do because it gets cold at night, but I’ll find out what my friends in warmer places do and give a fuller answer to that.

  12. We hope you have a vote when picking where you will live. It sounds like your people are very thoughtful of you and all your furs. This past summer we were without power for 5 days and the temperatures were 95-100+ F. The peep was wilting, but we kitties didn’t mind at all, except when the peep pushed us away at night for being “too hot”.

    • It’s never much fun being without power! One of our cats still likes to sit on laps when it’s hot and he gets told to move. The other one sits next to them and asks to be stroked.

  13. hey girl furriend Clowie!! I thought I left a comment and then see that I did not…MOUSES!…so sorry…and I can only imagine what it must be like for you with all that fluffy fur to keep cool in Summer…And you don’t wanna sunburn either! You keep yourself well hydrated Miss Clowie! Your furriends need you here in the blog world…paw pats, Savannah

  14. Great advice from an experienced polar bear! Since Rocco is a Husky, we also have to be very careful with the heat – mind you we live in Canada, but we do go over 30 on occasion!

  15. This sounds exactly how we cope with the heat of the summer!

  16. Clowie you did an excellent job of describing your coat and how to stay cool, we are glad it is getting cooler for you. Our coat is the same, people always ask why Mom doesn’t shave us and we have to explain. Like you we like the shade and cool water; a woods walk and splash or swim ing the creek. 90F and above is too hot for even a walk so that is spent at home by the air conditioners. See you later 🙂

  17. We enjoyed reading this and willbe sure to stop by Mollie’s and leave a meow 🙂

  18. Oh good to know! Here in Oklahoma, where summer heat can reach 120 Fahrenheit, the lady I bought my chicken from says she shaves hers in the summer. All but the ruff. Her Pyrenees live outdoors, protecting her hundreds of chickens at night, and they fight off coyotes. Beautiful creatures.

  19. Clowie we will leave the water to you meowwww

  20. We don’t have as much hair as you but when it gets hot in Oklahoma, we stay cool by swimming in the swimming pool and laying on the a/c vents!

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