Thursday, July 28, 2011
JULY, DOG COOLING POOLS, AND CLOTHES LINES
Tip overheats really easily and loves laying around in a tub or pool of water to stay cool. If we're hiking and come to a stream he'll immediately lay down in whatever water he can find to cool off. Some dogs like water and others don't. Lacey is the exact opposite, she hates being submerged in water. Tip is actually quite intelligent that he knows he'll cool off quicker if he lays down in water since it cools the stomach/chest area. In the show/competition circuits, owners will frequently use various cold mats to help keep the dogs cool. Our dogs never liked the mats and they were a pain to travel with so we quit using them.
One thing I've been asking Matt to do for me is to put in a new clothes line. There was one behind the garage when I moved in but the poles were rusted. The first time I tried to hang clothes on the line the poles bent and broke off. This spring Matt bought me some new poles but due to the wet weather and other things never got them installed. It took a while, but he never fails me and he finally got the poles put in and the rope strung. I love hanging my laundry out, especially my sheets for the clean sunshine scent. The lines typically hold at least two loads of laundry. I had Matt install it on the opposite side of the yard across from our garage and next to the fence by the neighbor's garage for several reasons. There's a blackberry tree on the fence line behind our garage and I didn't want to chance blackberry stains on the clothes, bird droppings from birds eating the blackberries, or blackberry mash on shoes behind tracked into the house. If we decide to stay, the area behind the garage is the only section that doesn't have electrical/cable wires running overhead so I'd be able to put in a fire pit. All very logical explanations I think.