Dog Days of Summer

Saturday, June 21, 2008
Everyone else seems to be doing "Friday Cat Blogging." Since I'm a bit of a cat tolerhayta, I'm at a disadvantage for this meme.

But wait! I share the Yellow House with the cutest, sweetest, most adorable 95 pound pooch on the planet!

Boogie! The Giant Schnauzer!

Poor Boogie. Being a black doggie, he's always gotten warm really quick in the summer months. But now that he's a senior citizen (7 in November, which is considered "senior" for his breed), he seems to suffer from the heat more than ever.

He's always enjoyed a daily walk, and while he still really wants to go, he's been running out of steam half-way through if we take him when the temperature is over about 75 degrees.

So I'm going to start taking him first thing in the morning, when the temperature hasn't spiked. We went at 7:30 a.m. this morning, and he did better. This is a good thing, because skipping it with a 95 pound dog who considers the daily walk the foundation of his happiness is really Not a Good Idea.

7 comments:

Nathan said...

I see a post about doggie toilet training just around the corner.

Janiece Murphy said...

Not so much. Boogie has a good size yard in which to play and do his business, and we had no trouble housebreaking him. He just gets whiney and destructive without his daily exercise.

Michelle K said...

He is very cute.

But the heat thing can be a problem. My brother had an Alaskan Malamute, and Cyrus just didn't much like the summers around here.

140 pounds of unhappy dog is nothing you want to be involved with. Ever.

Luckily, he really liked everyone in our family. Since he was large enough to eat some of us for a snack.

Janiece Murphy said...

Michelle, Boogie enjoys the Central Air. Yes, he does.

"No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater... than central air."

Tania said...

ooh! Doggies! Give him have some ice cream from me.

Lawrence said...

We've started putting a "swamp cooler" from REI on Nora, our 10-year old black Giant Schnauzer, for walks in the hot summer sun.

Janiece Murphy said...

Welcome, Lawrence.

That's not a bad idea. If the early morning walks don't work out, I may look into that. Thanks!