Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Heat is On

Wow, it sure has been hot here in Chicago and it's supposed to get even hotter as the week goes on.  Poor Maisie has been panting through even the quickest of walks wearing her built-in fur coat!

And even though she's been drinking plenty of water, she's not peeing nearly as much because she needs the additional hydration.  It's unusual for her not to mark all over trees and grass while we're outside (likely to be the subject of a future post), so I try not to cut the walks too short if she hasn't yet done even one #1.  But that means she is a REALLY hot dog by the time we make it all the way around the block.  Fortunately for my picture-taking skills (or lack thereof), a heavy pant looks an awful lot like a smile in photos!  ; )

Once we finally get indoors, she just wants to chew an antler and sleep sleep sleep.

I took her to daycare yesterday, in part because I'm concerned she won't be getting nearly enough exercise until the heat wave breaks...it's just too hot to go to the dog park.  The last two times we went, all she wanted to do was eat grass and alternate between rolling in the gravel and the dirty sprinkler puddles, apparently in an attempt to determine which technique will result in the filthiest pup.

How is your pooch dealing with the hot weather?  And how are you avoiding canine cabin fever? 

p.s. I posted that question earlier today on our Facebook page too... please "like" it if you haven't already, it's updated with fresh Maisie pics and info nearly every day!

10 comments:

steelcityfox said...

Awww, stay cool out there, guys! Miss Lucy has been hating the heat, so she has been taking advantage of doing crazy amounts of zoomies in the air-conditioned house, and pulling on her leash to go back in almost immediately when we try to take her out :)

Also, just wanted to let you know, we gave you a blog award on our page!

Maisie's Mom said...

wow, thanks for the love steelcityfox! right back atcha!!! :D

Mel B said...

My dogs are lucky enough to have each other to play with when the temps are this high. Of course, it doesn't replace a good walk, but it's sure better than nothing. They've been pretty drained lately anyway, due to the heat, so they're not climbing the walls or anything. Yet.

Btw, I really love your blog. We have BSL here Ontario (Canada) so pit bulls are basically turning into unicorns - they pretty much don't exist here. So it's nice to see one.. albeit virtually. :]

Maisie's Mom said...

I know Mel, I love Toronto and have been there a few times in the past but the BSL thing sure is a turn-off! :(

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

I have to practically beg the pups to go out in the yard to potty. I swear they would hold it indefinitely if it meant avoiding the heat. I am ready for some fall type weather.

Of Pit Bulls and Patience said...

I'm so happy Skye has decided to start swimming. Last summer she was a wreck. She'd go outside for maybe 5 minutes, then be inside causing trouble all day from boredom and general grumpiness. Now I drive down to the river and she wears herself out while I dip my toes in the water. I sure hope things cool down for you both!

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Golden Hello! YES it's HOT HOT HOT + Hazy n HUMID. Be Safe n Stay COOL! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Amy said...

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), we're in Seattle, so no heat wave for us. When the temps do get high, we just sit in front of fans. :)

T2 - My life with pit bulls said...

We're with Maisie. Twenty minutes out in the yard and the pups are wiped out for hours! Strut made the mistake of indulging in the zoomies this morning (when it was probably already over 90 at 7 AM) and I've barely heard from him other than snoring since.

Two Grad Students and a Pittie said...

Havi is getting heat stroke inside the apartment, I fear. Stay cool - BOTH of you!

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